Enyimba’s inconsistency this season was on full display once more as they put on an anodyne performance to drop points at home to struggling Warri Wolves on matchday 29 of the 2020-21 Nigeria Professional Football League.
The Aba Elephants needed an equaliser from Austin Oladapo twelve minutes from time to rescue a point for Fatai Osho’s side after David Chimezie had put the strugglers ahead six minutes earlier.
It is the second game in succession that Enyimba have failed to win at home following the goalless stalemate with Nasarawa United on matchday 27 and Osho’s failure to beat a Wolves team mired in relegation trouble casts serious doubt on his future in Aba.
The draw leaves the Aba Elephants in fifth place on 50 points, three behind leaders Akwa United who play on Thursday.
Meanwhile, Kano Pillars’ title hopes suffered a setback as they fell to MFM FC in Lagos with Tosin Olubolola and Adeyinka Najeem scoring for the hosts and Rabiu Ali grabbing a late consolatory effort for Pillars from the spot.
Pillars stay third, one point behind Akwa United having played a game more while MFM climb into the top half of the table on 42 points.
Elsewhere, Fuad Ekelejuoti scored the only goal as 18th-placed Sunshine Stars beat Wikki Tourists in Akure, while Joseph Atule’s strike was enough to help visiting Katsina United squeeze past Jigawa Golden Stars in Kaduna.
Godwin Aguda’s early penalty opened the floodgates with Malachy Ohawume and Shedrack Oghali also scoring as fourth-placed Rivers United kept their title hopes alive with a 3-1 victory against Plateau United in Port Harcourt. Andrew Ikefe grabbed a late consolation for the visitors.
Martin Ossy scored twice and Monday Akile added another as Lobi Stars downed visiting Heartland FC and it was a similar scoreline in Nnewi as FC Ifeanyiubah eased relegation fears with Ekene Awazie, Nonso Nzediegwu and Abel James on target in the win over basement side Adamawa United.
Enugu Rangers left it late in a come-from-behind win against Abia Warriors with Elijah Ani grabbing the winner three minutes from time after Christian Nnaji cancelled out Yakub Hammed’s opener for the visitors who have now lost four games on the bounce.