Remo Stars scored two first half goals and one more in the second half to hand the White Lions a third away defeat of the Nigeria National League (NNL) season as Daniel Chukwuebuka’s second half strike could only prove consolatory.
The motivation was high as we looked to snap out from a temporal set back. We started the brighter of both sides, stringing good pieces of attack and coping well in defence until Victor Mbaoma broke the deadlock against the run of play in the 26th minute.
Victor Mbaoma scored a second late in the first half via a penalty and even though we pulled one back through a sublime strike from Daniel, another penalty scored late in the second half by Mbaoma ensured we took no points away to Remo Stars. After a tough 90 minutes away to Prime FC, Neche Ivonye was handed an unusual start by Coach Emordi while Daniel Chukwuebuka made the lineup once again after two weeks on the side-lines.
We took the game to the opponent as early as the second minute with a good hold-up play by Daniel and a nice diagonal pass from Adu to Ivonye but the striker’s ferocious shot drifted narrowly over. Remo Stars also got an early attempt from a setpiece situation as their striker missed the target from just 6 yards. Daniel was released with a beautiful pass on the left by Adu but as the striker attempted to bend one in, the offside flag was raised. However, the White Lions conceded the first goal against the run of play as Mbaoma appeared to scale an offside decision to put one behind the onrushing keeper. We tried to respond immediately with what seemed like a promising attack in the opponent’s box but Ivonye’s laid-out pass to Oronsaye which could have set the midfielder up for a close range effort was slightly out of reach. As we looked to head into half-time with just a goal deficit, Mbaoma scored his second of the afternoon from a penalty after the attacker was allegedly hacked down by Nwoye.
We needed to put up a big performance in the second half to ensure we left with a good result and Daniel helped raise our hopes with a sublime finish. Coach Emordi immediately rolled out the dice, introducing Ndukwe in place of Stone and the move immediately paid off as the lanky attacker flicked on a header for Daniel who held off a challenge from his marker as he hammered home his second goal of the season.
The White Lions continued to push on for the equaliser and we came really close. Some slick exchanges between Ndukwe and Daniel saw the latter square a telling ball into the box but Oronsaye’s effort from a tight angle could only find the side netting.
Remo Stars as well tried to increase the margin with consistent pressure on our defence but we were well structured in defence to nullify their efforts. However, the Ogun-based side where handed an easier route in the closing minutes of the game as their attacker drew a foul in our box and the referee immediately yielded to his claims by pointing to the spot. Mbaoma was on hand to smash home his second penalty of the day.
Okey Emordi’s side were dealt a bigger blow as goalkeeper, Onuoha was stretchered off the field in stoppage time after being clattered into by a Remo attacker while coming out to claim a through ball in our box.
It was a frustrating end to a promising afternoon for our lads who are back in action against Go-Round FC at the Teslim Balogun stadium in the coming weekend.
Remo Stars XI: Chizoba Ndukwe, Awoyemi Abdulrasheed, Ewelike Edozie, Oshobe Shiju, Oluwa Kazeem, Chukwujeku Mbami, Salefu Oche, Jemilu Coker, Mbaoma Victor, Muhammed Seidu, Umar Martaba.
Subs: Ibiang Marshal, Auston John, Olufemi Opeoluwa, Nwankwo Francis, Ekene Awazie, Abdulai Olatunji, Nwafor Samuel.
C.O.D United XI: Joseph Onuoha, Hafeez Bankole, Jide Williams, Anthony Nwoye, Obinna Adiukwu, Stone Evbuomwan, James Oronsaye, Kingsley Ezeali, Soji Adu, Chukwuebuka Daniel, Neche Ivonye.
Subs: Paul Emenike, Rapheal Musa, Sikiru Hammed, Anthony Omaka, Obinna Ugwunna, Odunayo Ogunsuyi, Uche Ndukwe.