Man-of-the-match in Katsina United 3-1 defeat of Shooting Stars, Madaki Alkali Dauda has charged his teammates to approach their remaining fixtures with a winning mentality for them to escape relegation.
Katsina United returned to winning ways with a victory over visiting Shooting Stars Sport Club in one of Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) MatchDay 24 game played at the Muhammadu Dikko Stadium on Wednesday.
Dauda had opened scoring on 34 minutes with a left footed strike off an assist from Adebayo Waheed.
‘I am very excited we won this game and I scored a brace to ensure victory is secured,” an elated Dauda said to www.npfl.ng and then threw the challenge to his mates “We must continue in this fashion to enable us stay safe on the league table.”
He also commended Katsina United fans, noting that, “We are a great club with loyal fans and that loyalty deserves to be rewarded. We will do this by doing our best to remain on this league.”
Shooting Stars had drawn level eight minutes after resumption through Sochima Elum who struck a loose ball from close range to finish well.
Moments later, Tosin Omoyele combined with Destiny Ashadi before the former’s shot was handled in the opponent box by Ezeh Chidera for the referee to award a penalty to the home side as a result.
Dauda stepped forward to convert the resultant kick, grabbing his brace on the evening and putting his team ahead once more.
Substitute Aliyu Musa made it 3-1 from a well taken shot with three minutes left to end the game.
The win moves Katsina United to 17th on the log with 24 points from 22 games and they travel to face Gombe United on Sunday and then host Abia Warriors in a rescheduled fixture on Wednesday.
Shooting Stars are 11th on the table with 30 points from 24 matches with their next fixture at home against Enyimba International on Sunday.
Man of the match: Madaki Alkali Dauda (Katsina United)
Caution: Omaka Chukwudi, Tosin Omoyele (Katsina United)
Katsina United Team List
Nwabali Stanley Gk 12, Frank Kappe 22, Nasiru Sani 3, Usman Barau 4, Habibu Yakubu 5, Egbe Stephen 23, Adebayo Waheed 32, Destiny Ashadi 20, Tosin Omoyele 11, Omaka Chukwudi 25, Madaki Alkali Dauda 18
Subs Used: Mustapha Salisu 16, Ahmed Taofeek 9, Mathew Emmanuel 14, Aliyu Musa 35
Unused Subs: Elkanah Godgift Gk 1, Abdulkareem Ahmed 10, Heutchoukulong Gerome 2, Faisal Sani 31, Abraham Nana Kwame 28
Shooting Stars Team List
Ogundare Detan GK 31, Ezeh Chidera 11, Anaekwe Ebuka 13, Isiaka Mutiu 2, Abbey Benson 15, Ezeala Uche 4, Enuademu Chinedu 7, Ewenike Achibi 36, Archibong Utibe 26, Uko Anietie 10, Malomo Taofeek 28, Sochima Elum 17
Subs Used: Opeoluwa Olufemi 24, Udoh Godwin 12
Unused Subs: Okanlawon Olaide GK 1, Augustine Bafan 14, Omololu Waheed 3, Adekunle Adeniyi 5, Raheem Quadry 29, Adejubu Ayo 27, Enuademu Chinedu 7
Venue: Muhammadu Dikko Stadium, Katsina