Shooting Stars of Ibadan were made to pay for a lethargic first half as FC Ifeanyi Ubah’s imports outclassed them in a 3-1 win at the Nnewi Stadium wednesday evening.
Brazilian Alberico Barbosa da Silva put the home side ahead on the 9th minute before Kofi Nti doubled on the 37th minute. Seka Pascal got the third just before the interval to end the game as a contest.
Last weekend’s hat-trick hero Wasiu Jimoh would pull one back after the restart but it did little to deny the home side who rarely put a foot wrong all game.
Following the weekend’s defeat in Port Harcourt, Coach Dobrev reshuffled his pack making six changes to his starting eleven and of the new faces in his lineup, it was midfielder da Silva who outshone all others.
The first warning sign came just after five minutes when he tested Fabiyi from range but it went unheeded by the visitors.
They gave away a free-kick left side of their area in the eight minute and Da Silva introduced himself to the home fans with a wonder strike. His delightful ball from the free-kick curled over the wall and into the top corner, leaving Fabiyi clutching thin air.
The Oluyole Warriors found him difficult to contain as his flicks and passes kept catching the defenders off-guard. On the 19th minute, he set up Seka Pascal at the back post but the Benin Republica import fired wide.
Minutes later, Tope Orelope came close to leveling for Shooting Stars but his effort from range forced Okafor to a fingertip save. Seka would come close yet again but his header went narrowly over.
The home team got rewarded for their dominance on the 37th minute when Suliman Mohammed’s cutback found Kofi Nti unmarked in the area. The Ghanaian struck first time leaving Fabiyi sprawling.
Coach Kadiri Ikhana made a tactical switch in a bid to turn things around, bringing in Tunde Bright for Moses James but his side soon conceded their third of the evening.
Da Silva floated in a corner-kick from the left into the Shooting Stars area and Seka rose highest to guide the ball home.
The second half saw an improved Shooting Stars side. Orelope hit one from just outside the box but he couldn’t keep it low enough to trouble the home defence.
Nti reciprocated at the other end aiming more for the stands than the goal. Minutes later, Wasiu Jimoh got his fourth goal in a week, latching onto Bright Tunde’s cutback to fire beyond Okafor in the FC Ifeanyi Ubah goal to hand the visitors a consolation.
The goal seemed to inspire some form of a likely comeback but the Anambra Warriors held firm to deny the visitors any points.