An entertaining, high-octane encounter at the Sani Abacha Stadium culminated in a share of the spoils for both Enyimba and Wikki Tourist.
Coach Paul Aigbogun made 10 changes to the side that drew the evening before against Akwa United, with only defender Nelson Ogbonnaya keeping his place. Youngster Emeka Obioma got the nod to lead the line.
He would go on to have a stormer, opening the scoring in the 22nd minute. The striker reacted quickest as Taofik Omar's shot was parried, coolly rounding the goalkeeper before firing high into the net.
The goal came just as Enyimba had begun to establish a foothold in the game. In the opening quarter of an hour, it was Wikki who came out of the blocks quickly, creating a handful of openings.
On eight minutes, they worked a dangerous chance via a near post
flick-on from a cross from the right. The far post header which followed bounced wide, much to the relief of Theophilus Afelokhai.
However, after Obioma's goal, the tide noticeably turned. Maxwell Effiom drew two smart low saves from similar positions just inside the penalty area, and some neat interplay involving midfielder Chinedu Udeagha led to am
opening on the edge of the box for Austin Oladapo. The effort, however, was rushed and sailed well over.
The lead could have been doubled just before the break though, and probably should have been. Oladapo's deft backheel put Obioma through on goal, and the striker elected to go round the goalkeeper. However, the angle proved too tight for him to turn the ball home.
The second period saw the traffic continue to flow in one direction. Oladapo had a huge chance to increase the advantage after playing a neat one-two with Obioma, but his tame finish when one-on-one with the goalkeeper was easily saved.
Then, against the run of play, Wikki leveled matters. The bounce of a routine free kick
deceived Afelokhai, and the veteran goalkeeper spooned the ball over his own goal line.
There was, however, one final chance, courtesy of the delightful Franco. Having produced a bewitching dribble to break free on the right and get to the byline, his cutback was skied by Stephen Chukwude, with the goal gaping.
A second draw means the People's Elephant go onto
game against Nasarawa United with a haul of two points from two games.