Kano Pillars 1-0 Enyimba: Ubale header seals victory
A late strike from Mannir Ubale fired the northerners to a slim victory over the Aba Elephants at Confluence Stadium on Tuesday
Kano Pillars leaped to the summit of the Nigeria Premier League following a hard fought win over Enyimba of Aba in a rescheduled league game played at the Confluence Stadium in Lokoja.
The League Management Board ordered for a replay following the incidence that greeted the encounter when it was first played on September 11 in Kano.
Enyimba had promising chances in the first half but veteran striker, Victor Ezeji could not put in begging chances as their opponent had little chances to move towards the Enyimba half.
The Aba Elephants seemed to be largely relaxed dominating the first 45 minutes of the encounter, but they were given a scare just a few moments after the restart as the hosts dominated the early stages of the second half.
Bello Kofarmata had a glorious chance to put his side ahead but decided to shoot tamely at Femi Thomas who was impressive in goal for Enyimba.
Pillars improved in the second half but were more cautious of conceding and as a result did less of the attacking. Mohammed Gambo then went close to getting himself on the score sheet but he could only chest a bouncing ball wide with Thomas out of position.
Both managers made attacking substitutions in a bid to claim the win late on, but it was two of Kano Pillars' new additions who provided the decisive contribution.
The tie was running to an end when Ubale took advantage of an opportunity and made it count. The win fires Baba Ganaru’s side to the top of the league with 60 points while Bayelsa United is second with 58 points.