Niger
Tornadoes on Wednesday in Lokoja came from a goal down to
force ABS Ilorin FC to a one all draw in a Match Day 2 Nigeria
Professional Football League (NPFL).

The
visitors started the game chasing their own shadows before they got
their grove back in the 22nd minute.

Mohammed
Mohammed who scored the Saraki Boys first goal of the season against
Akwa United on Sunday in Ilorin gave ABSFC the lead thirty minutes
into the game.

Mohammed
followed a Stone Evbuomwan pass from the midfield, picked up the
ball, drove into the Tornadoes defense displaced an onrushing
defender before he lobbed the ball over Mustapha Aliko in goal for
Niger Tornadoes.

Ebenezer
Odeyemi capitalized on a defensive blunder to equalise seven minutes
later as he netted from a goal mouth scramble.

Abubakar
Babawo, stole the ball from the midfield dribbled to ABS defense,
attempts by the visitors’ defenders to clear the ball proved abortive
as Odeyemi followed up to slide in the ball which is almost going
into the net.

ABS
Coach Henry Makinwa, made a change before half time, bringing on
Abubakar Chindo for Metu Chigozirim.

The
Makinwa tutored side came into the second half stronger, as they
pressed to get another goal but the resilient Tornadoes defense was
too strong to concede again.

Makinwa
was full of praises for his boys, as he said he came for a win in
Lokoja but agreed a draw was a fair result.

He
said he will go back home to address some of the issues or mistakes
he noticed in today’s game.

The
former Real Socidad of Spain attacker, also blamed fatigue on his
boys’ performance, saying a game on Sunday and a trip to Lokoja was
too much for his players.

“I
came here to win but they didn’t allow me because they are a good
side too.

“I
think fatigue affected both of us, we played 48 hours ago and both of
us had to make long journey to play today again.

“We
are going home to restrategise against Ifeanyi Ubah, you know it’s
not going to be easy but we will try to take the three points at
stake, the spirit lives on,” Makinwa said.

His
counterpart in Niger Tornadoes, Abubakar Bala, said he is now under
pressure to deliver for the fans of the Ikon Allah.

“It
was a bad result for us today, we lost in Lagos and we drew here
today.

“The
defensive blunder that led to ABS’s goal put pressure on the team.

“We
are a work in progress, it’s a new team and we need time to mature.

“The
long journey from Lagos back home was a factor in our performance
today,” Bala said.

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