January, 23 2023.
A brace from Robert Mizo in each half gave Aiteo cup champions Bayelsa United a 2-1 victory over visitors Wikki Tourist of Bauchi in match day three of the Nigeria Premier Football League decided at the Samson Siasia Stadium, Yenagoa.
Technical Adviser of Bayelsa United, Diepreye Teibowei made one change from the starting eleven against Dakkada Fc and Abia warriors with Erukpe Innocent getting his start of the season as Osagie Onisodumeya continued in goalpost ahead of Chijioke Ejiogu.
Robert Mizo drew the first blood just before the halftime mark from Endurance Ebedebiri's harder having failed to take advantage of the 37 minute from Daniel Ekpo long range shot that was saved by the visitors goalkeeper Emeka Anyia.
Taiwo Abdulrafiu immediately initiated a counter attack that would have resulted to a goal but was blocked by Ogene Elijah abbreviating the celebration of the jubilant fans at the Samson Siasia Stadium.
Apparently not satisfied with the performance of his side, coach Diepreye Teibowei introduced Loveday Saro for Chizoba Emaefule and Uge Joshua in place of Daniel Ekpo in search for the security goal.
Isreal consul almost made it 2-0 for the Prosperity Boys on resumption after a one on one with the visitors shot stopper but wasted it as Wikki Tourist continued to dominate proceedings having injected new legs in the game.
Man of the moment Robert Mizo on 70 minute completed his brace through Stephen Wisdom to increase his goal tally to three after three games in the season.
When it seemed the Prosperity Boys were going to end 2-0 Prince John reduced the deficit for Wikki from a spot kick on 89 minute.
The victory leaves United with four points from three games and will next travel to Jos to face Lobi Stars while Wikki Tourist will be at home against Doma United.
In a post match interview, Technical Adviser of Bayelsa United Diepreye Teibowei, said the his lads gave their best, pointing out that the victory has brought relief to the team.
Technical Adviser of Wikki Tourist Kabiru Dogo, noted that his team played according to their game plan, stating that the pressure was on his side because they were yet to record a win in the league this season.
Coach Dogo, asserted that the team will bounce back from their poor run of form as the league progresses.
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