- Published on Thursday, 27 July 2017 11:10
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By Chibuogwu Nnadiegbulam
A very impressive Austine Oladapo played a huge part in ensuring that struggling Gombe United defied the odds in Nnewi where they earned a 2-2 draw against FC Ifeanyiubah on Matchday 31 of the Nigeria Professional Football League.
Now he believes sharing the spoils with fifth-placed FC Ifeanyiubah would spur his side to safety by the end of the season.
The relegation battlers came from two goals down to draw level at the FC Ifeanyiubah International Stadium on Sunday, with man of the match, Oladapo assisting Sani Abbani’s goal from a free kick before going on to score the equalizer.
“We want to give glory to God for a draw. It is His doing. We were not expecting it but due to our performance we got what we wanted,” the former FC Ifeanyiubah player told npfl.ng.
The ‘Savannah Scorpions’ looked like they were headed for a defeat after Loute Isaac scored a brace for FC Ifeanyiubah in the first half, but in the second period they turned the match on its head with counterattacks and could have even gone on to win it considering they scored a third goal a split-second after the centre referee, Samuel Agba, had sounded the final whistle.
“We knew we were going to come back because we were possessing the ball. They lost concentration and you know the better side that possesses the ball wins the match. So that is how we were able to bring them down,” Oladapo, who is Gombe United's leading scorer with seven goals, stated.
“In the first half we were keeping the ball, though they got the two goals, so our coach told us to still keep the ball and by keeping the ball, we knew they were going to get tired.
“We believe we will come out of that (relegation) position with this result we got here,” the dead-ball specialist added.
The draw against FC Ifeanyiubah gave Gombe United their third point on the road.
The 'Savannah Scorpions' are placed 19th on the latest NPFL standings with 36 points. Four points behind safety. They host Lobi Stars at the Pantami Stadium on Matchday 32.
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