El-Kanemi Warriors defeated Warri Wolves 2-0 scoring a goal each half at the Kano Pillars Stadium in Kano in the first match of the Glo NPFL match day 21 games.
El-Kanemi went on the ascendancy as early as the fifth minute with Ibrahim Mustapha firing the first shot of the game that was calmly gathered by Daniel Akpeyi in goal for Warri Wolves.
Four minutes later Idris Aloma force another good save off Akpeyi as El-Kanemi pile on the pressure with the visitors struggling to keep their constant forays into their box at bay.
A goal mouth scramble in the 22nd minutes lead to Warri Wolves Monday Osagie handling in the box and Onyekachi Okoye sent Akpeyi the wrong way for the game’s opening goal.
The goal lead to frustration among players of Warri Wolves with Lordson Ichul and Ike ThankGod picking up two yellow cards for rough tackles in a space of six minutes.
El-Kanemi ended the half the strongest side and Sunday Adetunji powerful shot on the dot of 45minutes brought out another save from Daniel Akpeyi who parried it for a corner.
Two minute after the restart,Warri Wolves introduced Kelvin Itoya in place of Amutu Augustine in a bid to wrestle back control of the game from the host.
El-Kanemi responded with a substitution of their own bringing in Ajia Emmanuel for Mustapha Ibrahim.
However Warri Wolves substitution made an instant impact as they seized the initiative from the host,with Abu Azeez leading the quest with smart and deft moves from the left.
With just over fifteen minutes left in the game Warri Wolves threw in Ikechukwu Ibenegbu for Stanley Dimgba in a bid to put an end touch to their dominance in the middle.
El-Kanemi Warriors grew into the game with Warri Wolves failing to really trouble their backline and five minute from the final whistle the home team went 2 goals up.
The goal came after two substitutes Tasiu Mohammed and Malik Demba combined with the former connecting a cross from the latter.
El-Kanemi deservedly ran out 2-0 winners at the final whistle and Warri Wolves lack of cutting edge upfront cost them dearly.