- Published on Tuesday, 25 July 2017 10:31
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By Fisayo Dairo
Nasarawa United coach Kabiru Dogo has lamented his team's collapse in the second half of their 1-2 loss at Akwa United in Sunday's NPFL Matchday 31 contest.
Dogo's men fairly had the better of the first half at the Nest of Champions and opened scoring in the highly entertaining clash seven minutes to the break courtesy of Aminu Kadir's close range finish.
The Solid Miners however failed to hang on to the lead for long as Ubong Friday restored parity for the hosts just three minutes later before a reenergized Akwa completed the turnaround early in the second half with a 2-1 scoreline which in the end flattered the visitors.
Dogo in a chat to www.npfl.ng after the game believes his wards' "failure to manage success" in the first half marked their eventual downfall.
"We planned to destabilize them in the first half and score at least a goal. We did it but the boys were unable to manage their success.
"I know they (Akwa) are a team that play the ball on the ground, and my team play on the ground as well. Our plans worked very well in the first half unfortunately we didn't manage it well," said Dogo.
Dogo searched in vain for a solution to Akwa United's dominance in the second half when it was obvious the hosts had overpowered his wards.
One of such was the introduction of Jafar Buhari for goalscorer Aminu Kadir on 55 minutes. However, the winger was to be yanked off again late in the game by Dogo who claims the former Bayelsa United winger did not act according to instructions.
"I substituted him because he did not play according to my instructions," replied Dogo when he was asked if Buhari's substitution was tactical or enforced.
"We lost the battle in the midfield (when he came on) and I was looking for more presence (which informed the introduction of central midfielder Eugene Obi)," Dogo explained.
Nasarawa United still occupy 9th spot on the league log and have a chance to climb further up when they host the team directly ahead of them, Niger Tornadoes next weekend in a North-Central contest.
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