Bashir Abdulrahman of Enyimba scored a hat-trick.
Enyimba International FC of Aba on Friday beat Bayelsa United FC 3-0 at the kick-off of the 2013/2014 pre-season tournament.
The match, played under the rain at the main bowl of Abuja National Stadium, saw Bashir Abdulrahman of Enyimba score a hat-trick.
Abdulrahman scored his first goal in the 40th minute with the first half ending 1-0 in favour of Enyimba. He then scored in the 67th and 72nd minutes in the encounter dominated by the Aba team.
Zachary Baraje, Head Coach of Enyimba, told journalists at the post-match briefing that his team had set their eyes on the trophy.
“I don’t think there is any club that has come here without aiming to win. The four clubs here are going to represent this country on the continent.
“’Therefore, if we are representing this country, then, this is the platform at which we have to showcase what we have,” he said.
The coach of Bayelsa United, Ladan Boso, said loss of concentration cost his team the match.
“I have to appreciate the efforts of my players in spite the loss. This is the only tested match we have played so far in our pre-season preparation.
“We will strategise for the next matches but we have already benefitted from the tournament,” Boso said.
In the second match of the tournament, League champions, Kano Pillars, were defeated 2-0 by Warri Wolves.
Kola Anubi scored Warri Wolves’ first goal in the 35th minute. The first half thus ended 1-0.
The second goal was scored by Warri Wolves striker, Efe Yarhere, in the 93rd minute, few seconds to the final whistle.
Despite the loss, the Kano Pillars coach said his team had a good match.
“We had a good game, our opponents are good too, we didn’t play a game before this so it affected the team,” he said.
Warri Wolves Coach, Paul Aigbogun said “I am happy with the results, my boys played well, we will put more efforts into the tournament.”
Warri Wolves will next meet Enyimba, while Bayelsa United will play Kano Pillars on Sunday at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. respectively.
Saturday has been declared match-free to prepare for pre-season seminars. The seminars will be conducted for clubs medical officers as well as match commissioners and referees.