The Mainbowl of the prestigious wilcox memorial comprehensive school ogbor hill aba played host to a scintillating friendly tie between host Enyimba Feeders and visiting Jewels Football Academy of ohanze which ended 2-2.
The host looked the brighter side early in the game with some surging runs down the flanks and being dominant in the middle of the park, forcing jewels’ midfield into silly dispossession of the ball at intervals.
Their early surge paid off 9mins after kickoff as striker chinwendu nwosu latched onto a squared ball after having benefitted from an offside position to tap home from close range, though the referee having turned a blind eye to that, but it stood as a goal which undermined their strong start.
Enyimba Feeders never looked comfortable in possession since the goal went in as jewels football academy began to ride on the highs of intentional play going forward, and in the 28″, lanky midfielder blessing Harrison manages to get into a pocket of space through the middle, to intelligently release Aaron okoro who calmly placed the ball beyond the reach of the goalkeeper for parity to be restored.
The rejuvenated visitors had to keep their hosts penned back in their own half as they sought for a lead, and a moment of magic presented itself in the 37 minutes, when striker humphrey ubani got better of an opposition defender to curl a powerful effort towards the top left corner to hand jewels the lead going into the break.
The visitors began the second half from where they left off with a bright intent at goal in the 48″, gangling striker chimamkpa heading narrowly wide off a swift left sided cross from abasiama, the former was left roaring in utmost disappointment.
Coach ugochukwu udealo rang some changes in the final quarter and it yielded dividends in the 86″, when defender abasiama and goalkeeper ifeanyi had a slight miscommunication as the former gifted the ball with a wayward headed clearance only for a lurking Emmanuel Godwin to tap into an empty net for the game’s leveller. Neither side could muster a late winner with both sides settling for a share of the spoils.
Post Match Reactions:
(Coach chinedu): “Generally it was a wonderful display from the lads, the makeshift players fared excellently well in their new positions, in other words new dimensions was added to the team with regards the tactics witnessed today, we had 2 classic goals, the ability to convert chances is feasible, we played as a unit, against an experienced outfit, and we did well”.
(Coach ugochukwu udealo): “The game today is like a Derby, jewels football academy is a beehive of young talents, the project in ohanze is attaining productivity owing to the kind of impressive football from the boys today, they gave us a very good fight, they were confident on the ball, they are bound for great strides i must say”.
(Jewels Team Manager): “its a very fine tune up game for both sides. We are expecting a very powerful scouting programme for jewels, so we felt enyimba feeders was gonna be an ideal preparatory strategy going to the scouting programme early next week at abia poly, the new boys really gave a good account of themselves, kudos to the technical crew”.
Next in line for jewels football academy is a 3 day scouting programme early next week at abia state polytechnic aba.
Man Of The Match:
(Blessing Harrison )