Metu’s debut NPFL goal help ABSFC beat stubborn Warriors
Chigozirim Metu debut Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL), lone goal was enough for Abubakar Bukola Saraki (ABS) Ilorin FC to beat FC Ifeanyi Ubah 1-0 on Sunday in Ilorin.
The match day 3 encounter decided at the Kwara Stadium Complex witnessed a large turnout of fans to cheer the Saraki Boys to victory
The hosts started brightly with promising attacking moves as the trio of Adesina Gata, Chigozirim Metu and Mohammed Mohammed were handful for the Anambra Warriors defenders.
ABS broke the deadlock in the 17th minute from a counter attacking move initiated by Stone Evbuomwan who launched a pass across the path of Adesina Gata.
The former Kwara United youngster drove into the Anambra Warriors defence and fired a shot at a goal which Ezenwa Ikechukwu parried to his own post but Metu was at the right place to finish off with a low shot from rebound.
Dogo Soliu whose performance against Niger Tornadoes on Wednesday earned him another start on Sunday was forced to make a save from Yaya Kone’s direct free kick 20th into the match.
Super Eagles attacker, Prince Aggreh almost level the scoreline for the Anambra Warriors but his shot was just inches wide.
Mohammed Mohammed should have doubled the lead for the hosts when he connected a well taken Metu’s cross but he failed to capitalize on a split Ifeanyi Ubah defence at the time.
Ifeanyi Ubah Coach, Yaw Preko effected his first Substitution few minutes before the end of the first stanza as King Osanga made way for Seka Pascal.
Both teams responded to half time team talk well as they both tested their goalkeepers in the early parts of the second half.
ABS Coach, Henry Makinwa made a change in his midfield when he introduced Samuel Oyedeji to replace Stone Evbuomwan in the 74th minute.
Four minutes later, Ezenwa showed his class when he parried Oyedeji’s ballistic missile shot from 30 yards to keep the visitors in the game came in the 78th minute.
The Anambra Warriors were the better side late minutes into the end of the match as Aggreh tormented the Saraki Boys defence.
In his post match reaction, ABSFC Coach, Henry Makinwa said he is delighted to have won again because he prepared for the match.
When he was questioned about his decision to make a late change in his goalkeeping department, he said it was during the warm up that he decided to bring in Dogo Soliu ahead of Boje Abdullahi.
His counterpart in Ifeanyi Ubah, Yaw Preko said his wards lack composure in vital areas hence the reason they lost the game.
“We came into this game with the objective to get the 3 maximum points as stake,” Preko said.
Meanwhile, the Proprietor of the club and Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, took to his Twitter to congratulate the team for the victory.
Great match day!
Also, congratulations to the the Gunners! #COYG
— Bukola Saraki (@bukolasaraki) January 22, 2017