Abia Warriors, Kano Pillars fire blanks in Umuahia
By Janefrances Nweze
Abia Warriors and Kano Pillars were the only sides that failed to score in midweek as they played out a goalless draw in their Matchday 13 clash at the Umuahia Township Stadium on Wednesday.
The home team Abia Warriors failed to take their numerous chances in both halves and were left to rue those squandered chances at full-time.
In the beginning of the encounter, it was easy to predict a home win as Abia Warriors had two attempts in two minutes with Kano Pillars goalkeeper Suraj Ayeleso saving one and another going over the bar.
Ayeleso made more saves for ‘Sai Masu Gida’ in the whole match, an act that earned him the man-of-the-match recognition.
In the 29th minute, Seun Yusuf scared the Warriors’ fans when he went ahead of the Abia Warriors central defenders but Uche Okafor’s timely intervention stopped him from scoring.
First half ended with both teams failing to score.
On resumption of the second half, Rabiu Ali made a solo run but Abia Warriors goalkeeper Okafor saved his cross before Achibi Ewenike could get to it.
Abia Warriors who created eight chances in both halves capped it all by failing to score from a goalmouth scramble with barely five minutes to go.
Abia Warriors head coach, Emmanuel Deutsche, who commended the quality of Kano Pillars team, said the match was more difficult because his team failed to convert their chances.
“A very good game. We played against a good team. We could have gone up by three goals in the first half but when you don’t score your chances it makes the match very difficult,” said Deutsche.
Kano Pillars head coach, Ibrahim Musa said his team came to recover the point they lost against Warri Wolves in the last matchday.
“We came for all the three points. You know we lost points to Warri Wolves in our last match but we will manage this for now and continue working on our other matches,” the Kano Pillars trainer said.