Two teams that represented Nigeria in this year’s CAF Confederation Cup Enyimba and Akwa United suffered set-backs on the domestic front in two of the three rescheduled games decide on Wednesday.
Incidentally, head coaches of both sides are in charge of Nigeria’s Under-20 team (Flying Eagles) which left for Guinea Bissau on Tuesday ahead of this weekend’s Under-20 AFCON qualifiers.
Flying Eagles head coach Paul Aigbogun’s team, Enyimba were held to a 1-1 draw by FC Ifeanyiubah at the UJ Esuene Stadium in Calabar while Aigbogun’s assistant, Abdu Maikaba will hear the news of his side; Akwa United’s 1-1 draw at home to Plateau United.
Enyimba went behind in Calabar on 43 minutes when Pascal Seka capitalised on a sloppy defending to give Ifeanyiubah the lead. The hosts also equalised in such fortuitous circumstances after goalkeeper Drissa Bamba’s error on the hour mark.
The draw left Enyimba in eighth position, behind Akwa United on goals difference.
United were also pegged back at home by champions Plateau United. Cyril Olisema tucked home Ifeanyi Ede’s square pass on 53 minutes to give the Promise Keepers the lead but substitute Hamzat Owolabi replied for the visitors sixteen minutes from time.
The day’s other game saw Yobe Desert Stars leave it late to beat MFM FC in Damaturu. Philip Asuquo’s stoppage time penalty handed the hosts the full points in a game decided behind closed doors.
Yobe’s win takes them to the same number of points with MFM in 12th. They are behind only on goals difference.
Action continues in the league this weekend with Match Day 21 matches scheduled to take place across the country.