Warri Wolves brought down their full weight to bear on El-Kanemi Warriors in a rescheduled Glo Premier League match by winning 5-0 at the Warri City Stadium on Sunday.
The game looked beyond Wolves’ opponents from Maiduguri by the hour mark as Paul Aigbogun’s men raced into a four-goal lead.
Wolves showed no sign of missing their Nigerian international, Gbolahan Salami, who was not listed for this match earlier billed to have taken place in midweek but moved due to the Federation Cup round of 16 matches.
Aigbogun opted for a three-man attack of Abu Azeez, Onyekachi Okafor and Sikiru Alimi Adewale with Michael Egbeta and Stanley Dimgba as wide men.
Wolves roared into action inside the opening 10 minutes as Okafor netted the first of his brace.
It was the turn of winger Egbeta to make it 2-0 from the spot after Azeez was upended in the box just before the half hour mark.
Wolves, at this point, smelled blood but failed to make their other chances count in the remaining part of a one-sided first half at the Warri stadium.
El-Kanemi Warriors were just so poor and within two minutes of the restart, they conceded twice as Wolves extended their lead to 4-0 to the dismay of the away team’s bench.
Okafor got his brace of goals just seconds into the second half and centre-back Azubuike Egwuekwe also got into the scoring act.
With Wolves in total control, they needed just a goal to move into the top-four in the Glo Premier League standings behind Sunshine Stars, Enyimba and Wikki Tourists in first, second and third positions respectively.
And Wolves got that fifth goal that ensured they spring into fourth place ahead of Heartland with whom they are tied on 32 points apiece. It was Lordson Ichull who fired in that fifth and all important goal to wrap up the one-sided contest.
Wolves are now four points behind table-topping Sunshine Stars and could cut that lead to one and move into third place by Wednesday should they eke out a win at Kwara United.