Newly
promoted Abubakar Bukola Saraki (ABS) Ilorin FC, on Sunday defeated Akwa United
FC of Uyo, 3-1 in a 2016/2017 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL)
encounter.
The
match was decided at the Kwara Stadium Complex, ilorin.
Metu
Chigozirim who was voted the man of the match was a nightmare for the visitors.
Metu
dribbled through his flank to the defense of Akwa United to cross the ball for
ABSFC lanky striker, Mohammed Mohammed who rose above the defense of the
Promise Keepers to nod home the first goal in the 13th minute.
The
homers lead only lasted six minutes when Godspower Igudia outsmart ABSFC
defenders to head home the equaliser from the corner kick.
Stone
Evbuomwan’s pass to the far left found Metu again who wasted no time, drove to
Akwa United’s defense to earn a penalty when a Promise Keepers defender clumsy
tackle brought him down in the 30th minute.
Evbuomwan
stepped forward to take it and made no mistake to stretch Olufemi Kayode to his
far left in goal for Akwa United for the second goal in the 31th minute.
ABSFC
Coach, Henry Makinwa had a made a tactical change before the restart of the
second half, bringing in Chinedu Ajanah for Abdullahi Ferinyaro.
Akwa
United started the second half better than the hosts but the doggedness of
Ernest Governor in the defense for ABSFC was always a problem to the Promise
Keepers as he was always on hand to truncate their attacking plans.
Makinwa
again introduced Abubakar Chindo for Arinze Oyota, Chindo only lasted 9 minutes
on the field before he sealed the day for the Saraki Boys in the 65th minute.
He
picked up a loose ball from Mohammed Mohammed to go one on one with Olufemi to
clinical placed the ball to the far left for the third of the evening.
The
Saraki Boys will now travel to Lokoja, Kogi State to lock horns with Niger
Tornadoes for match day two on Wed. Jan. 18.

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