Warri Wolves 1-0 Kano Pillars: Kelvin Itoya strikes late to seal Seasiders win


Warri Wolves secured their first win of the season courtesy a 1-0 defeat of Kano Pillars at the Warri Township Stadium.

A last gasp effort from Kelvin Itoya subdued the visitors who licked their wounds owing to several scoring chances missed.

The young forward tormented Kano Pillars’ backline with his blistering speed and unending run. Both teams showed the zeal to win but it was Jamiu Alimi who first went into the referee’s bad book after forcing down Itoya.

Gambo Mohammed had the first chance of the game in the 6th minute after Goodluck Onamado lost the ball in the midfield. Gambo fired the loose ball but goalkeeper Dele Ajiboye was at his best to prevent Kano Pillars from taking the lead.

In the 31st minute, Warri Wolves failed in their attempt to get the curtain raiser as Bello Zaharadeen’s effort went wide.

Not too long, Itoya connected to Michael Egbeta’s long pass but goalkeeper Yusuf Mohammed reacted very quickly to clear to safety.

Minutes before half time, Ifeanyi Mathew failed to fire past Ajiboye who curtailed the excesses of Pillars attack.

Both team came out stronger in the second half but failed to score. In the 74th minute, there was a moment of panic in Warri Stadium as Sadeeq Yusuf who replaced Prince Aggrey hit the woodwork with Rabiu Ali failing to convert the rebound.

However, it was Itoya who had the final say in the closing stages of the game as he slotted home the winner after goalkeeper Mohammed had spilled a shot from Michael Okoyoh.

With this victory, Warri Wolves are fourth on the NPFL log with four points from two games.

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