By Adeboye Amosu:
El-Kanemi Warriors boosted their survival hopes with a 2-0 victory over Abia Warriors in a Nigeria Professional Football League matchday 22 fixture at the El-Kanemi Stadium, Maiduguri on Saturday, reports Completesportsnigeria.com.
Ladan Bosso's men moved to 11th position in the table with the win, while Abia Warriors who are now without a win in their last five games in the top flight remain in the ninth position.
Both sides struggled to create clear-cut chances in the opening exchanges and it was the home side who broke the deadlock through You Wei nine minutes before the break.
The forward latched on to a beautiful pass from the team's top scorer, Ibrahim Mustapha, to beat goalkeeper John Gaadi in goal for the visitors.
The hosts doubled their advantage through Hussain Bata in the 63rd minute.
El-Kanemi Warriors held on to protect their advantage despite a spirited fightback by Abia Warriors who came close to reducing the deficit through Chisom Chikatara and Micheal Olaha.
Eight other matches will be played across different centres in the NPFL on Sunday.