By Olusola ‘Jide @jide_olusola
… Kwara United end 405 minutes of league action without a goal
The Match Day 9 of the Nigeria Professional Football League between Abia Warriors and a rejuvenated Akwa United ended 1-1.
The game played at the Umuahia Township Stadium on Thursday saw the home side making 11 changes to the side that lost at El-Kanemi Warriors on Sunday.
The entire starting 11 that made the trip to Maiduguri are either rested or left on the bench.
From the blast of the whistle, both teams struggled to keep the ball under control on a
Playing on a bumpy pitch which made the teams struggle to keep the ball but was enough for Abia Warriors’ Chinedu Ozor to open scoring, blasting in the goal from the near post following a well delivered corner in the 28th minute.
However, in the 33rd minute, Akwa’s Mfon Udoh scored his 5th goal of the season and his second in two consecutive away games to level the score.
After the equalising goal, the game became very physical with tackles coming in from both sides.
In Osogbo Remo Stars ended their ‘home’ game in a 2-1 victory over Kwara United.
The Shagamu based club who had hitherto been banished to Osogbo by the League Management Company over fans attack on match officials.
Mathias Ogwuche hit the ball one-time from a brilliant pass by Omotayo Adebogun to put Remo in the lead in the 20th minute.
The goal seemed to spur Kwara into life as they piled pressure on the home side which paid off at the tail end of the first half courtesy of Daberechi Anyanwu’s header which put an end to their run of 405mins of league action without scoring away from home.
At the restart of the game, the home side got back in front through Mathias Ogwuche who got his second of the game to seal all three points.
In Okigwe, Heartland FC were unable to break visiting Gombe United side in a game that ended 1-1.
Chidiebere Ajoku shot Heartland into the lead rising high to nod in Uche Oguchi’s cross.
They held onto their lead till 90th minute when a penalty kick was awarded to their opponents which was scored by Chigozie Maurice.
Other results from other matches showed the game between Sunshine Stars and Bendel Insurance ending 1-1. In Omoku, it was the same scoreline between Go Round and Nasarawa United. However, it was a hard fought 1-0 victory for FC IfeanyiUbah over El-Kanemi Warriors.