John Obuh, the Technical Adviser of Kwara United Football Club of Ilorin, says his players deserve much praise for labouring hard to secure a goalless draw against hosts FC Taraba.
A statement issued by the club’s Media Officer, Jimoh Bashir, quoted Obuh as saying the hard-earned point from the match was vital in the club’s quest for promotion.
Kwara United held FC Taraba to a 0-0 draw in a 2015/2016 Nigeria National League (NNL) week six match.
The Group A2 match was played at the Jolly Nyame Stadium in Jalingo on Sunday.
“It was a good result, irrespective of what is on ground,’’ Obuh was quoted as saying.
The statement however disclosed that the coach was critical of the stadium pitch.
“The patchy pitch did not allow for a free flow of play,’’ Obuh had said.
FC Taraba had started the match well determined, and it showed in their dominance of play, forcing Kwara United to retreat and rely on occasional breaks.
This pattern continued in the second half, with FC Taraba mounting pressure on the visitors every minute of the game.
Kwara United’s defenceline, led by Moronfade Adebayo, was extremely busy throughout, with goalkeeper Ismaila Shagari putting up a wonderful performance which earned him a Man of the Match award.
Shagari, who captained Kwara United FC in the crucial encounter, is an indigene of Taraba, and his brilliance was vital to his club securing the draw.
With the draw, Kwara United FC are still leading Group A2 table with 13 points from the six matches played so far.
The team will play away again to FC Zamfara on Saturday in the last match of the first round.