Victor Mbaoma scored on his return to the Enyimba starting lineup as the People’s Elephant drew 1-1 with Warri Wolves at the Delta State Polytechnic Stadium, Ozoro.
The forward was given the nod, despite last making the starting list against Heartland in January, and totally repaid the coach’s faith with a first half added time equaliser.
Anthony Omaka also returned to the lineup after missing the last three NPFL fixtures through suspension, while Emmanuel Ampiah, Nabil Yarou and Hassan Abubakar kept their places in the backline.
Wolves leaped in front midway through the first half when a fine sequence of passes freed Jackson Eru, who headed in Efe Yarhere’s cross at the far post, completely unmarked.
A nervy moment arose late in the half as Hassan Abubakar was rushed to the hospital after a head collision with Efe Yarhere left him unconscious. Yarhere was given the marching order for the incident while Abubakar returned from hospital before the final whistle.
Enyimba quickly took full advantage of their numerical advantage and drew level in the third minute of added time when Mbaoma tucked Emmanuel Ampiah’s cross into the far post.
Mbaoma attempted an acrobatic strike after the restart before Wisdom Jumbo’s strike from a freekick was saved by John Noble.
With fifteen minutes left, Fatai Osho threw in Samad Kadiri, Tosin Omoyele and Farouk Mohammed, but only few notable moments ensued until the closing stages when Uche Ihuarulam was closed down from tapping in a cross from the left.
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