El-Kanemi Warriors a 1-0 win over over 10-man Lobi Stars in a Nigeria Professional Football League clash played at the El-Kanemi Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Warriors were awarded a penalty as early as the fourth minute. However, Ibrahim Mustapha’s stepped up and saw spot-kick saved by goalkeeper John Lawrence.
The home side continued to try their luck from range and in the 14th minute Chinedu Ohanachom’s effort was easily saved by Lawrence.
Lobi Stars had the chance to shock the home team, but Anthony Okpotu missed despite having George Michael at his mercy.
12 minutes before the break, Ohanachom’s attempt was finger tipped over by Stars keeper Lawrence.
Lobi Stars were dealt a massive blow when Lawrence was sent off for a second bookable offense late in the first stanza.
Substitute goalkeeper Chigozie Agbim was called into action two minutes after the restart when he gathered Hashim Haliru’s shot.
Former Enugu Rangers keeper Agbim continued to be the busier of the two shot-stoppers as he safely held on to Mustapha’s shot two minutes later.
Warriors continued to pile the pressure onto the Stars defence and fourteen minutes from time Agbim parried away a brilliant effort from Mustapha.
In the 88th minute, Umar Zango unleashed a shot which was well-saved by Stars shot-stopper Agbim.
Nevertheless, Malika grabbed the winning goal for Warriors at injury time.