Emeka Nwabulu put up a five-star performance against Heartland FC to help his team, Wikki Tourists play out goalless draw to return home with a point at the Dan Anyiam Stadium on Sunday.
Heartland basking in the euphoria of a 2-2 draw against Warri Wolves mid-week were in their elements as they started like a house on fire tormenting the visitors with series of attacks howbeit met a Nwabulu in top form.
In all the Naze Millionaires dominance, it was the away side that got the first shot on target, the only one they got all game; Idris Guda Mohammed forced Emmanuel Iwu to a wonderful save with a powerful header via a corner kick in the eighth minute.
Debutant Okpoveta Ojevwe showed flashes of brilliance to confirm the faith of the club in acquiring him in the opening moments creating chances for himself and causing lots of trouble to the visiting defence. He missed two glorious chances to give the homers the lead in the first 10 minutes.
The Nwabulu show
The Wikki goalkeeper was in top form as he put out every thing that was thrown at him as he kept his team in the game.
In the 18th minute, a pile-driver from the edge of the box by Koffi Roland was only saved by the finger tip of Nwabulu.
Anthony Oussou then forced Nwabulu to a point-blank save after being set up by Koffi’s brilliant dribble in the box three minutes later.
Nwabulu produced the best moments of the game pulling tremendous double saves and another brave save in the space of three minutes.
Emeka Ogbugh took a curling free kick on the edge of the box and with the fans screaming goal were amazed as Nwabulu kept it out. The rebound fell to Ubido who lashed a fierce effort at goal but the goalkeeper was equal to the task.
He further made point-blank saves from Arinze Nwankwo, Oussou, Okpus Brownbraye and Ogbugh.
Changes by Heartland gaffer, Alphonsus Dike, did not yield any dividend as Nwabulu made himself a stumbling block and a point to maintain top spot for Wikki.