14th February, 2011
A brace by Stanley Okoronkwo, either side of the break was all high riding Sharks needed to down KadunaÂ 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, BalaÂ 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, KolaÂ Anubi, Juwon Oshinawa, Okiemute Oda and Stanley Okoronkwo to step up to the plate with bigÂ performances.
It was difficult for the home side to strike up a rhythm early on as too many fringe players draftedÂ 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 inÂ the final third. Maurice Cooremanâ€™s Kaduna were also causing problems of their own as Jude Aneke,Â former Sharks boy, Samson Auta and league veteran, Rabiu Baita worried the Odinga Odinga led SharksÂ 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 aÂ great pass to the onrushing Stanley Okoronkwo, who didnâ€™t even have to break his stride as he producedÂ a low shot that beat Chinedu Agwu to nestle in the bottom corner.