By Johnpaul Nnamdi
Rivers United moved up to third position in Group A of the NPFL with a 1-0 victory over Katsina United in a rescheduled match at the Yakubu Gowon Stadium Port Harcourt reports naijasportsgrill.com.ng.
Ossy Martins step up to send goalkeeper Ikechukwu Ezenwa wrong way from the spot in the 10th minute after Samuel Gbadebo’s header had been handled in the box.
That made the difference in a match Ezenwa underlined his readiness for national team duties with top-drawer saves.
Ezenwa has been listed for Super Eagles March international engagements and head coach Gernot Rohr will be pleased with his performance as he refused to be beaten in open play.
On different occasions, he made last ditch saves to deny the likes of Nafiu Kabuga and Ugochukwu Leonard.
In one remarkable moment in the 51st minute, he impulsively swung his arm to tip a potential own goal by teammate Ikechukwu Nwachukwu to the bar before Timothy Danladi cleared the ball.
Ezenwa had joined Katsina to get more playing time and sharpen his reflexes for the national team. On the basis of this performance, he appears to be in top shape.
Katsina United remain in seventh place on the log with 10 points.