Aliu Baba was the hero again in Mahanaim FC’s 4-0 thrashing of Camp United at Mambila Barracks, Abuja.
Although the result looks convincing, it was a tough match for Mahanaim FC as they could only manage two shots on target in a goalless first half, after starting their second eleven against the barracks boys on their home turf.
Mahanaim had wasted five corner kicks and three free kick in the opening 45 minutes also, with coach Jackson deciding to take matters more seriously as he introduced his best legs, including hattrick hero, Aliu Baba at the start of the second half.
Midway into the second half Aliu Baba pounced on a rebound to give Mahanaim the lead off a Paul Ogunkoya’s thunderous shot, which was initially parried by the goalkeeper.
That opened the floodgates for goals as Aliu Baba again made a perfect run to connect a cross by Friday Samson to put Mahanaim two goals up.
Aliu Baba again, it was for the third goal, this time around he lobbed the goalkeeper. Baba capitalising on a defense splitting pass from Timilehin Olokoba, he looked up to see goalkeeper in no man’s land and he did his thing, completing his hattrick.
As if that was not enough, Aliu Baba turned the creator for Mahanaim’s forth goal scored by Ismail, as the boys completed the route.
Although everything looked easy in the end, it took alot of fight and understanding from the team to silence the Mambila barracks crowd who came out to support Camp United.