Okoronkwo’s Brace Saves Sharks


A brace by Stanley Okoronkwo, either side of the break was all high riding Sharks needed to down Kaduna  United 2-1- in a feisty Nigeria Premier League (NPL) game decided at the Sharks FC stadium on Saturday

Sharks were without 6 first team regulars, Gomo Unduku, Terry Envoh, Bright Ejike, Gambo Gideon, Bala  Saidu and Chidiebere Okoli who were all with the Flying Eagles in Libya.

Head Coach, John Obuh, was also away in Libya as part of his dual role as Flying Eagles Coach.

With so many integral members of the squad absent, the onus rested on the likes of Victor Ezeji, Kola  Anubi, Juwon Oshinawa, Okiemute Oda and Stanley Okoronkwo to step up to the plate with big  performances.

It was difficult for the home side to strike up a rhythm early on as too many fringe players drafted  in failed to strike the same frequency as the other established stars.

Belema Fenibo and Ebitimi Agogo were the worst culprits as they failed to sparkle and show urgency in  the final third. Maurice Cooreman’s Kaduna were also causing problems of their own as Jude Aneke,  former Sharks boy, Samson Auta and league veteran, Rabiu Baita worried the Odinga Odinga led Sharks  backline all afternoon.

Eventually, the home side began to string the passes and create better goal scoring opportunities.

Shortly before half time, Ezeji, with his back to goal created space for himself before producing a  great pass to the onrushing Stanley Okoronkwo, who didn’t even have to break his stride as he produced  a low shot that beat Chinedu Agwu to nestle in the bottom corner.

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