- Published on Monday, 27 March 2017 21:02
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By Fred Edoreh
It was a nail biting game for hosts, Akwa United but Alhassan Ibrahim would net an equalizer to salvage a point and mark his sixth league goal of the season in Akwa United’s home draw against FC IfeanyiUbah. The former Wikki Tourists player would after the match insist he rather would have had the team win from another team mate’s goal than increasing his personal goals’ tally for a draw.
It is symbolic of his concern for general good than personal glory as Alhassan argued that he was still happy to have rescued the point and saved the side the embarrassment of a home defeat.
The hard fighting Akwa United struggled to salvage a point against visiting FC IfeanyiUbah when Ibrahim struck on the 87th minute to draw level in a breathtaking late kick-off of a Nigeria Professional Football League Match Day 15 clash on Sunday night at the Nest of Champions Stadium, Uyo.
"I would prefer if someone scored and we won than that I scored and we drew. Then, I am still happy to have rescued my team from a defeat that stared us in the face even when we were obviously playing better”, began Alhassan in a chat with www.npfl.ng
Like every other forward, it would gladden his heart to emerge the top scorer but Alhassan would not be drawn into setting a target and self-effacingly declare, “My target is to score as much as I can. No particular target. Just to score in every game but most importantly, for us to and get the three points”.
It was a rather difficult night for Promise Keepers as the game opened with a shock direct move by FC IfeanyiUbah that turned over a first minute attack to give King Osanga a shooting chance inside the box. His shot was blocked.
The Nnewi millionaires latched on the rebound and re-launched immediately to open a range for Pascal Seka who strike hard to find the net on the second minute as Akwa United second choice keeper, Olufemi Kayode, in goal on the night, fumbled with the catch.
Seka returned two minutes later with an attempt to increase the lead with a header from Prince Aggreh's cross but raised it too high off target.
It took Akwa some minutes to recover from the early raid but there was no going back when they found their rhythm as they kept FC IfeanyiUbah on the back foot for the reminder of the first half but with several wasteful shoots.
Thunderbolt attempts by Aremu Afeez and Ifeanyi Ifeanyi on the 22nd and 24th minutes and closer shave from Alhassan Ibrahim inside the six yard box all went wide by inches.
Akwa almost erase the lead in the dying minutes as scintillating combinations involving Friday Ubong, Ebiye Moses and Christian Pygbara gave them an inroad to the box but the multiple shots from recurring rebounds were consistently blocked and parried by FCIU Ivorien goalie, Abdou Drissa. They preserved the lead into the break.
The hosts returned heavily charged in the second half to continue the dominance while FC IfeanyiUbah tried to kill the pace. The Akwa strike gang were unrelenting as Coach Abdul Maikaba introduced Cyril Olisema to give steam to the midfield and free Alhassan to move up.
The strategy worked and on the 74th minute, Alhassan interchanged play with Ebiye Moses and Ifeanyi Ifeanyi to break into the box and strike the leveler with a shot that left Drissa no chance.
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