Mustapha Aliko -Niger Tornadoes goalkeeper

Niger Tornadoes Mubarak Ejiogu scored twice in the second half as Niger Tornadoes ran away 2-1 winners to inflict FC Ifeanyiubah their first home defeat in three seasons.

Wikki Tourists shock 1-0 triumph over FC Ifeanyiubah then at the Rojenny Stadium Oba in 2015 was the last time the Nnewi club had lost in front of their home fans.

Ejiogu made up for his first half miss by opening scoring on 73 minutes after he was freed through on goal by Osondu Jonathan.

Seka Pascal came close to restoring parity for FC Ifeanyiubah two minutes later, but his fierce drive from distance was parried into corner by man of the match goalkeeper Terms Melai.

Ivorian import Seka Pascal had his headed effort go wide of post as the home side poured out in large numbers inside Tornadoes area on 81 minutes.

However, Tornadoes came close to doubling their lead on 88 minutes, when Bashir Usman free kick on the edge of the area took a slight deflection with keeper Drissa Bamba going the wrong way.

FC Ifeanyiubah equaliser arrived on the dot of 90 minutes, when Godwin Obaje converted a spot kick after keeper Melai Ekene Awazie fouled inside the area.

Obaje almost won the game for his side inside two minutes of the five minutes added time when his back heell from a right wing cross into the crowded area missed target.

Thereafter, a swift counter attacking football saw Mubarak grab his brace on the night with a sumptuous strike from outside the area with Bamba displaced.

 

By Sab Osuji in Nnewi

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