Kwara United pip FC Ifeanyiubah to clinch another full points

By Tola Badekale

Kwara United’s improvement since Abubakar Bala took charge of the team in March is such that apart from not losing a home game since then, they play with such freedom and expression that belies their lowly position on the log.

A 1-0 defeat of FC Ifeanyiubah through a 14th minute header by Sunday Chinedu was the latest in a sequence of home results that have got Kwara fans trooping back to the stadium with believe that they would consolidate their status among the elite.

But it would have been a much more difficult evening for the home side had the linesman not controversially ruled as offside, a header by Seka Pascal off a rebound when Patrick Ikeokwu’s shot cannoned off the crossbar.

It was a decision FC Ifeanyiubah never recovered from as Kwara United took charge, creating the clearer opportunities. Uche Onwuasoanya’s goal-bound shot was cleared off the line by Chidume Onyekachi before Segun Alebiosu missed from six yards with a snap shot on the half hour.

Those were followed by a two-against-one situation in Kwara’s favour. Wakili Abdullahi and Alfred Stephen were free on goal but Abdullahi delayed his cross so long it enabled the opposing defence to recover, much to the consternation of the crowd.

FC Ifeanyiubah were much improved in the second half but much as they finally made it a bit of a contest, it was Kwara United that had the best chance of the half. Alfred’s superb shot was met with an equally impressive save by Drissa Bamba.

The applause at the end of the game was not just for the vital three points secured, but as well for the confidence flowing from the bench to the pitch in Kwara United’s overall play.

There is so much work to do before they can climb unto safe heights on the log, but a win such as this is the recipe that is needed.

MATCH STATS
KWARA UNITED 1-0 FC IFEANYIUBAH
SHOTS ON: 4-2
SHOTS OFF: 6-3
CORNERS: 6-2
YELLOW: 0-1 (SADIQ ABDULRASAQ)
RED: 0-0