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MFM bow to 10-man Enyimba in Calabar

10:51 PM GMT+4 28/03/2018
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Despite playing a man down, the People’s Elephant subdued Fidelis Ilechukwu’s men in a Nigeria topflight encounter

Enyimba defeated MFM 2-0 in a rescheduled Nigeria Professional Football game on Wednesday.

First half strikes from Nelson Ogbonnaya and Chinonso Okonkwo were all the hosts needed to silence the Olukoya Boys at the UJ Esuene Stadium, Calabar.

Owing to both team’s participation in Caf club competitions, the Week 11 encounter did not hold on March 3.

MFM came into this encounter fuelled with confidence having defeated Katsina United 2-1 on Sunday, while the Aba giants played a 1-1 at Yobe Stars.

The People’s Elephants took the lead in the 12th minute after Ogbonnaya rose to head in a cross from Abdulrahman Bashir which beat goalkeeper Ospino Egbe.

Ibrahim Mustapha would have handed the hosts a two-goal lead but his header off Andrew Abalogu’s cross narrowly missed the target.

Enyimba continued to dominate and were rewarded with a penalty in the 22 minute after Monsuru Bashiru carelessly handled the ball in his penalty area.#

Okonkwo made no mistakes in converting the ensuing kick as Paul Aigbogun’s men went into the halftime break home and dry.

The Olukoya Boys had a chance to come back after the hosts saw Isiaka Oladuntoye sent off for a serious foul play against Sikiru Olatunbosun.

Despite the numerical disadvantage, Fidelis Ilechukuwu’s men could not break down Enyimba’s backline as they lost the maximum points.

With this, the two-time African champions climbed to the fifth position with 21 points from 13 games, while the Lagos based outfit remain 10th with 19 points.

MFM would be hoping to bounce back when they visit Go Round in their next game, as Enyimba continue their chase for the NPFL diadem with a home game versus Niger Tornadoes.