MATCH REPORT - Energetic Tornadoes Dismantle Kwara Utd In Ilorin
|January 14, 2018||4:00 pm||Nigeria Professional Football League||NPFL 2016/2017||1|
|Kwara Sports Stadium, Ilorin|
|100b Ibrahim Taiwo Rd, Ilorin, Nigeria|
Niger Tornadoes laid down the marker after their dominant 2-0 display against newly-promoted Kwara United in a Matchday 1 game of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) season at the Kwara Sports Stadium on Sunday.
The Harmony Boys could hardly contend with the pace and trickery of the visitors attacking front line. The trio of Eric Frimpong, Solomon Owello and Segun Alebiosu troubled the Kwara United all evening.
The visitors showed their intent early as the first shot on target came off the boot of Frimpong who tested goalkeeper Jonah Usman in goal for Kwara United.
The first goal arrived in the 11th minute when a free kick from Owello was nodded in by Frimpong after a mix up between goalkeeper Usman and his defender Francis Onyegbulam. Frimpong benefited from the hesitation to put the visitors ahead.
Kwara United tried to come back from the deficit through hardworking striker Michael Ohanu and Isah Mogaji but the experience in the heart of Tornadoes defence made the attempt difficult for the Harmony Boys. Reuben Ogbonnaya and Sunday Akinmoladun provided cover for goalkeeper Mustapha Aliko who was hardly tested in the first half.
Niger Tornadoes should have been two goals up in the 33rd minute when Alebiosu’s well taken volley from the edge of the box after some good counterattack beat a stranded goalkeeper Usman but struck the upright.
The first half ended 1-0 in favour of Niger Tornadoes.
The second goal eventually arrived early in the second half. The home team went in search of the equalizer, lost possession in the visitors’ half, in a flash Frimpong raced down the right in a swift counter, his pass to Segun Alebiosu from a tight angle was sublime. The midfielder had the presence of mind to lay the ball to the arriving Ibrahim Babawo who simply sided footed into the net as Kwara United were simply outplayed by the more coordinated visitors.
The Harmony Boys tried all evening to breakdown the visitors who were content to sit back and play on the counter. They look more likely to score each time they attacked.
Kwara United will have to raise their game if they hope to get a result when they visit MFM FC this midweek at the Agege Stadium.
John Sam Obuh (Kwara United head coach): “We lost to tactical naivety. We were careless with the ball. A lot of my players were running without actually covering for each other. They wanted to play to the gallery forgetting that this is the top division. We were just punished for our mistakes. We cannot afford to be making this kind of mistakes in our game. We have have two away games in Lagos and Nnewi. Who says we cannot win away? In football anything can happen.”
Erasmus Onuh (Niger Tornadoes head coach): “This team is work in progress. I am happy the way the team played. These boys that played today are the ones I have been able to sieve since arrived the team. I hope it continues like this. My opponents are good but you know in football once you don’t carry out a coach’s instruction you might be punished that is what happened to them. I sympathize with my friend Sam Obuh. Today is his turn tomorrow might be my turn.”
Kwara United 0-2 Niger Tornadoes
Fouls: 13- 18
On target: 4-6