Rabiu Ibrahim & Obaje On Target, Aliyu Shines, Zakari Show Class In Moses Simon Anniversary Game


The much talked about Moses Simon wedding anniversary game took place yesterday with Friends of Moses Simon defeating Moderate/Ribadu Stars 3-1 at the Ribadu Cantonment football pitch.


One time golden boy of Nigeria football Rabiu Ibrahim opened scoring with a low freekick to give the Friends of Moses Simon a first a 1-0 lead going into the half time break.

In the second half Europe based stars like Suleiman Abdullahi of Eintracht Braunschweig in Germany, Emmanuel Edmund of Czech side Dukla Praha , Yusuf Musa of Sibenik and Abdullahi Alfa who plays in Latvia for Ventspils were replaced by other foreign based stars.

Gent Moses Simon, Kingsley Madu of Zulte Waregem and Michael Eneramo headline the list of second half substitutes for the Friends of Moses Simon, with top scorer in the Nigeria Premier League Godwin Obaje coming in as well.

Local boy Simon expectedly gets a roar whenever he is on the ball, and his dribbling further endeared him to the crowd especially his near perfect link up with child hood friend Obaje.

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However their less fancied opponents stunned them when they pulled a goal back, thanks to a lovely chip from the half way line to bring scores to 2-1, shortly after KuPS Aliyu Abubakar has given his side a two goal lead.

Etoile du Sahel bound Godwin Obaje put the game beyond the reach of Ribadu/Moderate all stars when he rifled in a third goal for his side in front of nearly 10,000 fans.

Nigeria U-17 World Cup winning defender Lukman Zakari, As Trencin duo of Maduka Udeh and Reuben Gabriel were on for the entire duration of the game, with former Nigeria U-20 captain Abdul Ajagun of Roda Jc also on show.

Thompson Ekpe of Molde was towering in the middle for his team, but Rabiu Ibrahim lead the top performers with his tricks flicks and dribbles with Zakari also showing his class with composed defending even when under pressure.