Enyimba FC are champions of the Ikpeazu preseason tournament in Aba after a hard-fought 1-0 victory over rivals, Abia Warriors in a thrilling final in Aba.
Enyimba got their first goal in the 8th minute but Tosin Omoyele was caught offside after he got a through pass from Austin Oladapo.
Sodiq Abubakar got another Chance to put Enyimba ahead in the 29th minute but Ojo Olorunleke made himself big enough to save Abia Warriors.
Abia Warriors had their fair chance in the game in the 37th minute but Hassan Abubakar rose highest to head out Nzube Anaezemba’s cross into the box.
Enyimba’s breakthrough came in the 44th minute when Oladapo scored a spot kick after Tosin Omoyele was fouled in the box.
Enyimba were later reduced to 10 men when Timothy Danladi was shown the exit after receiving a second yellow card.
Abia Warriors pushed for an equalizer but failed to score as the match came to an end.
Enyimba will now turn their attention to the CAF Champions League doubleheader against FC Rahimo of Bukina Faso.
The Aba Elephants will travel to Ouagadougou next week’s for the first leg, before returning home for the reversed fixture in Aba.
Both side met in the same stage of the competition last season with the two-time African champions winning the ties on 5 – 0 aggregate.