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Abia Warriors beat MFM 3-1 to go second

25 April 2016, 11:06

Umuahia - Abia Warriors FC have jumped to the second position on the Nigeria Professional Football League table after a comprehensive 3-1 victory over visiting MFM FC from Lagos at the Umuahia Township Stadium.

Fans were still making their way into the arena when Uche Ihuarulam, in for injured Chisom Chikatara, raised the curtains with a well-taken goal in the 3rd minute.

Former Nigeria U-17 star, Stanley Okoro came off the bench to net the Warriors' second goal in the 65th minute while national U-23 player, Ndifreke Effiong made it 3-0 from the spot, converting a penalty awarded his side by the centre referee after Ihuarulam was brutally hacked down by an overzealous MFM defender inside the box in the 74th minute.

Also read: Boboye assures Abia Warriors supporters of a comeback

MFM however pulled one back in the 89th minute in controversial circumstances when centre referee, Peter Shinyi allowed substitute Kenedinum Nelson's goal to stand as he had converted without the referee's permission.

The Abuja-based referee had brought out his yellow card for Warrior's Emmanuel Olowo and as he was about issuing it, MFM quick-started the game and Nelson scored.

Abia Warriors players and bench protested the goal to no avail leading to the expulsion of Olowo in the process but the atmosphere remained calm despite the obvious provocation.

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