Bendel Insurance remained in the bottom four of Group A in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) after settling for a point in a cagey goalless clash with Enyimba at the University of Benin (UNIBEN) Sports Complex on Sunday, npfl.ng reports.
The rescheduled Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) match was largely defined by a couple of enforced injuries, few chances and Stanley Nwabali’s brilliance between the sticks for Enyimba.
The first period was a fractured affair, as the Benin Arsenal were forced into using one of their substitutes. Nelson Ogbonna went down with an injury, prompting the introduction of Valentine Ozornwafor just before the half-hour mark.
Unsurprisingly, Enyimba failed to find their rhythm in a goalless opening half, but Insurance had a couple of half-chances – with Adimoramah Ezeh firing a shot into the waiting hands of Nwabali.
Kingsley Onovo was next to threaten, but Nwabali was up to the task.
As the interval drew near, Insurance moved up a gear, putting together the contest’s best move.
Junior Osaghae headed against the bar before Nwabali gathered the ball from the resultant goal-mouth scramble involving Arinze Okolie and Onovo.
The interval offered both sides something of a reset, and perhaps surprisingly, given the changes, it was Enyimba who adjusted best.
Mustapha troubled the hosts with his runs and later forced Amas Obasogie into making a brilliant save.
Still though, the quality was lacking, with Enyimba sloppy in possession and Insurance lacking a focal point without Charles Omokaro, who was later introduced from the bench.
Enyimba’s injury concerns worsened in the 78th minute when Thomas Zenke was replaced by Abdulrahman Bashir.
However, the People’s Elephants thought they had won it late on when Ibrahim Mustapha put the ball in the net, only to see the flag raised for offside positioning.