NNL: Tanko’s late penalty gives Kogi United home win against Doma United


 

A 90-minute spot kick converted by Salisu Tanko was all Kogi United FC needed to subdue a hard fighting Doma United.

The match was played at the Confluence Stadium, Lokoja, in a Match day 14 fixture of the Nigeria National League.

Technical Adviser of Kogi United Coach, Folabi Ojekunle kept faith with the same squad that held Kebbi United in Match day 13 to a 2-2 draw, with the exception of Atoe Emmanuel Eghosa who replaced injured Oladapo Tunde in the starting lineup.

Both team settled almost immediately into the game but it was the host who got series of opportunities to go ahead.

After many failed attempts, Nuhu Daniel of Kogi United got the first clear opportunity to put his side ahead in the 12th minute, but his effort went off target to help the visitors breath a sigh of relief.

Ahmed Mustapha Eneji put Kogi United in front in the 20th minute after benefitting from a rebound from the opponent goalkeeper Muttaka Musa.

He wasted no time in sending home a powerful shot too hot for Muttaka Musa to handle to register his side’s first goal of the afternoon.

Kogi United would have doubled their lead almost immediately through Omolabi Owolabi whose shot was blocked on its way in.

A defensive error in the 66 minute gifted Friday Ogwuche of Doma United the opportunity to bring his side level, thereby making the game more difficult for the host, Kogi United.

The introduction of the duo of Salisu Tanko and Akpan Saviour boosted the Frontline of the homeside in the 84th minute as both players fresh from the bench proved a worthy replacement, with Akpan Savior getting clear chances to seal the game.

The host got a penalty in the 90th minute after a Doma United defender handled the ball in his box.

The referee blew his whistle, but delayed pointing to the spot as he ran to consult with his assistant.

After some few minute delay, he awarded the penalty to the host.

Salisu Tanko wasted no time as he sent Muttaka Musa the wrong way to the admiration and jubilation of the home fans and supporters.

Reacting to the game, the Technical Adviser of Kogi United, Folabi Ojekunle described the entire match as pathetic because of so many factors.

While breathing a sign of relief, Ojekunle said Doma United are a good side who are topping the group at the moment and came to Lokoja with a game plan which didn’t work in their favour.

“Remember that one of our former players, Mohammed Mohammed is now on the payroll of Doma United and he is a very good player and so we developed a plan to work him out of the game by not giving him the space to thrive which worked for us.

“You saw how he was pulled out of the game when they saw he wasn’t delivering. He is a very good player who can wreck havoc anytime when given the space and opportunity.

“The replacements we brought in also tried their best by making sure they remain relevant upfront, especially the new players who gave a very good account of themselves. They tried very well and I am happy with their overall performance.

“Going to Adamawa next weekend is not going to be a problem because one thing I noticed about this team is that they play good football away from home and so hopefully, we will try to change our formation to suit the system,” he added.

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