Warri Wolves down Pillars
Warri Wolves skipped into second place on the Nigeria Premier League log on the back of a comfortable 3-1 win over champions Kano Pillars.
Playing two difficult games in the space of 10 days against Enyimba and Heartland should be enough to drain any team, but Wolves showed no such signs as Ebuka Okafor fired them in front after just 13 minutes.
Pillars were the team looking jaded and their lack of sharpness was proving to be a millstone.
Wolves were in no mood to be lenient and Anthony Ujah added a second two minutes before the break.
And the misery was complete when Michael Okoyoh unleashed a contender for goal of the season on 56 minutes.
Okoyoh took a first time ball on his chest with the nonchalance of a master craftsman, then almost without thought, let fly with a volley from all of 35 yards that dipped just under the crossbar.
Goalkeeper Theophilus Afelokhai could do little but raise his hands at the sheer quality of the effort.
Pillars spared themselves embarrassment with a consolation on the stroke of time. The buzzing Moses Ogaga tricked his way past two still lifes masquerading as Wolves defenders. As he shaped up to shoot, one of the statutes came to life as Tamarakuro Debekeme, just in time to clip the midfielder from behind.
There was no disputing the penalty, and Munzali Yusuf put it past Orobosa Adun.
Wolves can now sit back and enjoy the heady heights of second place, at least until Sunday, when Heartland play the first of their two games in hand against Sunshine Stars in Owerri.