BY DIMEJI OSHODE.
Gradually, Coach Fatai Osho is steering Remo Stars out of relegation waters as the club has navigated from the bottom of the league ladder to the 16th position. Surprisingly, the move has glued defending champions, Enugu Rangers, as the land lord of the back waters.
Great thanks to Victor Mbaoma’s spot kick in the 80th minute. It secured another maximum for Remo Stars Football Club in the Match Day 15. It is also his seventh goal of the season.
The encounter was a ‘must win’ for both sides. They started brilliantly with the home side having an early chance through David Onovo in the second minute before Ekene Awazie got another chance but Emeka Nwabulu saved well for the visitors.
Wikki Tourist had their first chance through Idris Guda Molid in the 10th minute of the game but he anxiously played directly to Walbe David’s hand.
The hosts had another wonderful chance when Onovo David sent in a pass to Victor Mbaoma who carefully got the ball across to Chidume Victor before Emeka Nwabulu confidently saved for the visitors.
Debutant Chidume Victor put the hosts ahead in the 41st minute after he carefully slotted in from Abiodun Awoyemi’s pass.
But the celebration was short live as Richard Jonathan got an equaliser for the visitors after connecting from a long throw.
The second half didn’t look lively until the Remo Stars’ skipper, Victor Mbaoma, sent in a pass with his head to Oche Salefu but Emeka Nwabulu was there at the right time to deny the host yet another lead.
Time after time, the Remo Stars pressed ahead, but were denied scoring opportunities. The deadlock was eventually broken as the game worn out when a Wikki Tourists defender handled the ball in the penalty box.
Mbaoma converted it to earn Remo Stars the maximum point.