Kogi United secured a hard fought 1-0 win over Adamawa United in the Matchday 17 of Bet9ja Nigeria National League, NNL clash in Lokoja on Saturday.
The Northern Conference encounter played at the Confluence Stadium, Lokoja had the hosts getting the full points courtesy of 88th minutes’ penalty converted by Abubakar Tenimu after substitute John John was upended in the box by Yahaya Ismail.
Kogi United who dominated the proceedings from inception failed to convert their numerous begging chances as Adamawa’s crowded defence and impressive goalkeeper Bulus Pwadadi denied them the from scoring.
The boys from Yola employed a sit back tactics for the entire proceedings frustrating their hosts to enjoy the game.
Kogi United came close to get the goal in the first half but Idris Muye wasn’t lucky to head home a cross from Ibrahim Mustapha and Pwadadi denied him another glorious chance before the first half comes to an end.
Coach Tunde Abdulrahman effected quick changes on resumption as John John who starred for the club in their last home win over FC Abuja replaced John Jerome, and the striker almost put his side in front from set piece moments afterwards.
It was the same John John who earned the Confluence state’s club a penalty with 12 remaining when he was tripped in the box by Ismail Yahaya as he was about to take aim at goal from Mustapha’s corner.
Adamawa United players walked to the sideline in protest to the referee’s decision. But after coming back to the pitch, they encroached the penalty area before Tenimu could take the hit making the referee call for the remake of the spot kick.
That did not go down well with the Yola-based club as they staged a second walk out till 88th minutes.
The Kogi United defender, however, scored the resultant penalty giving the home side the victory.
Head Coach of the home side, Tunde Abdulrahman who expressed dissatisfaction for his Boys’ profligacy in front of goal noted that the victory was a deserved one as Adamawa employed defensive tactics to frustrate his side throughout the match.
Abdulrahman, however, expressed confidence that Kogi United would improve their performance to get decent results in their subsequent games just as he solicited continued support from fans and supporters of the club.
“It wasn’t a good game as Adamawa didn’t come out to play, they intend to frustrate us with their defensive pattern and get us on the counter, but they’ve paid dearly for it and I’m happy we get the full points which are the most important.”
“I must confess we were not too sharp in the attack, we could have to get at least three goals in the first half alone, I do believe we will learn from this and get it right in the next games, starting from Sokoto United match, I’m sure we will come out good from that game by God’s grace, we will continue to appeal to the supporters and fans to keep rally around us,” the former Kwara United gaffer concluded.
His counterpart from Adamawa United, John Phillip who wasn’t really with the result said the defensive tactics almost worked for his side’s as he expects Kogi United to dominate the game the more.
Coach Phillip queried the decision for a penalty to be retaken just as belief Adamawa still stand a good chance of ending the season well.
“I’m nit expected to be happy with the result as I felt we could have to get at least a point here, yes we came with a pattern and we almost got it, if not the penalty which I didn’t think it had to be retaken but we leave at that, I still we will finish well with the way we are playing,” he said.
Kogi United with 20 points from 14 games will next travel to Sokoto to face Sokoto United next week while Adamawa United who remains on 19 points will host Kaduna United in Fufore.