CAF Confederation Cup – Wolves down FC Kallon
Nigeria Premier League (NPL) side, Warri Wolves reached the round of 16 in the Caf Confederation Cup after a 2-0 win over FC Kallon of Sierra Leone on Friday.
The match was played under rainy conditions at the Warri City Stadium.
Two second half goals from Gift Atuliwa and substitute Michael Okoyoh was enough to see Wolves progress in Africa’s second tier club competition.
Wolves started off better with Sunday Mba and Atuliwa having goal-bound efforts saved by FC Kallon keeper, Christian Caulker inside the opening 15 minutes.
But the away team came closest to opening the lead on 20 minutes when former Inter Milan man, Mohamed Kallon’s shot struck the upright as Wolves’ keeper Chigozie Agbim was well-beaten.
Gabriel Ikechukwu had the best chance of the first 45 minutes when he was freed alone with Caulker at his mercy but he blew the chance with 10 minutes to the break.
Wolves started the second half like a house on fire and got rewarded with a 53rd minute penalty after Caulker upended Atuliwa. The former Nigerian Under20 midfielder made no mistake from the spot to give Wolves a goal lead.
Wolves continued to ask FC Kallon questions in their half and at a point Caulker was in no man’s land but Ibrahim Kamara cleared off the line to keep the Sierra Leoneans in the tie.
Wolves’ head coach pulled off Ikechukwu who had a quiet game for Michael Okoyoh, who has been reduced to cameo roles this term.
Up front, Amutu had a crack at target but Caulker stopped his attempt while N12 million signing from Kaduna United, Jude Aneke had an uneventful outing by his standards.
Ex-AS Monaco star, Kallon was substituted for Abdulai Diaby amid ovation from the Warri fans, who enjoyed his jinky runs on and off the ball.
But it was substitute Okoyoh who would benefit from Aneke’s miss to tap the ball into an empty post to give Wolves a two-goal aggregate win and ensure they progress at the expense of FC Kallon.
by George Akpayen
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