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
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.
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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
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.For
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