Manager Paul Aigbogun made five changes to the side that drew at El-Kanemi last time out with Ghanaian midfielder, Farouk Mohammed returning to the fold as also Nelson Ogbonnaya who replaced crocked defender, Isiaka Oladuntoye.
For Plateau United, Bitrus Wash and Joshua Obaje were the only changes made from the Peace Boys starting XI which walloped Sunshine Stars 5-0, Tosin Omoyele dropping to the bench for the defender while Obaje started in place of King Osanga who was not listed for the game.
The People’s Elephants noticeably started on the front foot in Calabar and could have gone ahead as early as the 3rd minute when Chinonso Okonkwo’s flick sent Freedom Omofoman clear on goal but his effort was too weak to beat Okiemute Odah in between the sticks for Plateau. But then, they were in front few moments later via a spot kick after Elijah Ogene was adjudged to have handled in his own area, with Stanley Dimgba stepping up to send
Odah the wrong way.
After the fiesty first period that ensued there on which saw Odah produce a sensational save to deny Okonkwo and Fatau Dauda palm away a daisycutter from Raphael Ayagwa, Kennedy Boboye intermission talks seemed to be working when Obaje went close with a volley and Sunday Ingbede glanced home from Ambrose’s freekick but was unfortunately flagged offside.
Tosin Omoyele who came on for Obaje nearly grabbed a share of spoils for the visitors in the dying embers of the game but his left-footed effort from 25-yards went agonisingly wide. There was yet a bit time left for a drama that summed up a rather forgettable outing for the Peace Boys when Salomon Junior earned himself a red card after planting an elbow on Ifeanyi Anaemena just before referee, Wale Adeniyi called for time.
Enyimba: 12. Fatau Dauda 25. Uche John 3. Benjamin Francis 17. Farouk Mohammed 5. Ifeanyi Anaemena 24. Nelson Ogbonnaya 7. Freedom Omofoman 29.Wasiu Alalade 23. Chinonso Okonkwo 30. Franco Atchou 13. Stanley Dimgba(⚽ 11′)
SUBS: 35. Friday Achimugwu 6. Ernest Governor 8. Abdulrahman Bashir(Franco Atchou 81′) 9. Stephen Chukwude 16. Dare Ojo(Uche John 42′) 22. Chinedu Udeagha 26. Austin Oladapo(Freedom Omofoman 59′)
Plateau United: 22. Okiemute Odah 31. Hamisu Saleh 18. Emma James 5. Jimmy Ambrose 29. Salomon Junior 12. Ogene Elijah 25. Joshua Obaje 34. Bitrus Wash 14. Emeka Umeh 13. Raphael Ayagwa 26. Sunday Ingbede
SUBS: 1. John Gaadi 2. Chizoba Amaefule 6. Elisha Golbe 9. Tosin Omoyele(Joshua Obaje 61′) 11. Amos Gyang 17. Peter Eneji 36. Mafeng Pam(Raphael Ayagwa 71′)
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