The home-based Eagles preparing for a 2016 CHAN qualifier against Burkina Faso defeated Blessed A...
The home-based Eagles preparing for a 2016 CHAN qualifier against Burkina Faso defeated Blessed Academy of Port Harcourt 6-2 in a test match on Thursday.
Abia Warriors forward Chisom Chikatara scored a brace with Gbolahan Salami, Osas Okoro, Ezekiel Bassey and Tunde Adeniji also getting on the scoreboard.
The players will be excused on Friday to play for their various clubs in the league this weekend and return to camp latest Tuesday in time for the qualifier against Burkina Faso on Sunday, October 18, in Port Harcourt.
Salami opened scoring in the eighth minute when he dribbled past three markers before he struck.
Tunde Adeniji doubled the Eagles lead in the 36th minute after he was set up by the lively Salami from the left flank.
Chikatara made it 3-0 seven minutes after resumption when he was put through on goal by Usman Mohammed.
Chikatara and Usman replicated the same move moments later, but the Abia Warriors star blasted his effort wide off target even after he had rounded up the goalkeeper and had only an empty goal in front of him.
New invitee Osas Okoro increased the tally for the Eagles in the 69th minute with a deflected shot after he was released by Chikatara
However, Blessed Academy pulled a goal back in 71st minute, before Chikatara scored his brace when he sped past a defender and fired a low shot into the left corner of the net.
Enyimba forward Ezekiel Bassey scored the Eagles sixth goal in the 85th minute.
Blessed Academy will then score a consolation goal three minutes from time.
CHAN Eagles starting XI:
Okemute Odah (David Obiazo) - Solomon Kwambe, Stephen Eze, Jamiu Alimi (Samson Gbadebo), Idris Aloma, Ifeanyi Matthew, Usman Mohammed, Bature Yaro (Dayo Ojo), Tunde Adeniji, Ezekiel Bassey (Bright Onyedikachi), Gbolahan Salami (Osas Okoro)