Katsina Utd record 1-0 success over Niger Tornadoes to stay clear of ‘relegation zone’ (FULL DETAIL)
Obinna Eleje was the hero for Katsina United as they laboured to a 1-0 win over Niger Tornadoes in a Match day 26 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) game decided at the Muhammadu Dikko Stadium, Katsina on Wednesday.
Eleje came off the bench to replace Usule Martins before smashing in a 74th minute close range strike off an assist by Destiny Ashadi. The home team dominated play from the blast of kickoff whistle, but several wasteful opportunities hampered their zealous efforts.
Yushau Garba and Usule Martins were involved in the earlier incursions. The pair unleashed several attempts at Niger Tornadoes’ goal with goalkeeper Mustapha Aliko staying alert to deny them.
Usule Martins almost opened scoring inside the first quarter of the game, but was unlucky as goalkeeper Aliko parried in a succession of strikes that involved Tasiu Lawal.
Niger Tornadoes made two meaningful efforts through Ebenezer Odeyemi’s smart strike from the edge, that subsequntly got goalkeeper Okoli Okoli into making a save. Thereafter Peter Momoh combined beautifully with Andrew Ikefe before his low strike was beaten away by Katsina United keeper Okoli.
Destiny Ashadi and Yushau Garba were in full control of the midfield as low passes to connect their strikers were often thwarted by the offside trap reeled out by the visitors rear guard.
The host team’s efforts yielded no fruit as they head for the break. But on return, Katsina United intensified the pressure knowing fully well that a win will consolidate their position on the league table.
Katsina United coach Baldwin Bazuaye’s introduction of Obinna Eleje was magical as he stole the show with calm finish to hand his club all three points. Tornadoes defender Reuben Ogbonnaya was on the bad end after referee Marcus Bwashi gave him the matching order for a dangerous tackle on Eleje.
The hosts tried to capitalize on their numerical advantage to pile more misery on their opponents but failed to get another goal.
The win lifts Katsina United to 14th position on the league table with 35 points from 26 games. Their next match is a road trip to FC Ifeanyiubah.
Niger Tornaodes are now in 10th place on the NPFL log having amassed 37 points from 26 matches and will next host Remo Stars at their Confluence Stadium base.
KATSINA UNITED: Okoli K. Okoli 34; Kape Frank C. 12, Sani Nasiru 6, Usman Barau 4, Ikechukwu Nwachukwu 32, Danladi Timothy 5, Tasiu Lawal 7, Yushau Garba 16, Musa Suleiman 18, Ashadi Destiny 10, Usule Martins 19
SUBS: Yinka David 1; Isah Abdulrahaman 3, Ado Ali 2, Abdulkareem Ahmed 20, Eleje Obinna K. 25, Sanusi Ibrahim 28, Ibrahim Suleiman 9
MANAGER: Baldwin Bazuaye
NIGER TORNADOES: Mustapha Aliko 30; Bolaji Adeyemo 8, Hussein Isah 34, Lukas Yahaya 31, Andrew Ikefe 21, Reuben Ogbonnaya 14, Samuel Agba 10, Abdulkhadir Zango 39, Ebenezer Odeyemi 4, Wakili Musa Abdullahi 33, Peter Momoh 15
SUBS: Edwin Nwakanma 12; Lawal Shittu 19, Isiyaku Iliyasu 13, Lawrence Hassan 31, Iko Martins James 2, Ammeh Wilfred Angel 22, Bashar Usman 38
VENUE:Muhammadu Dikko Stadium, Katsina