Alebiosu’s strike fires Kwara United out of bottom-four in Group A
By Olayinka Owolewa
Segun Alebiosu’s penalty in the 25th minute was what Kwara United needed to turn back visiting Wikki Tourists in their Matchday 8 fixture of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) at the Kwara State Stadium Complex, Ilorin, on Sunday.
Wikki’s Ahmed Jimoh handled the ball in his own box which was goal-bound and Alebiosu, who had earlier lost his first penalty of the season against Sunshine Stars, made no error this time in dispatching from 12 yards.
The game started on a good note for the homers, also with the hope of scoring goals to reduce their goals deficit, but they were unable to convert the numerous chances created.
The combination of Alebiosu and Ebenezer Odeyemi caused all sorts of trouble for Wikki Tourists, but their defence line led by Abdullahi Musa stood firm against the massive pressure from Kwara United attackers.
Kwara United head coach Bala Abubakar while reacting after the game said he was satisfied with the result, despite the slim win because the position of the team on the log was a concern before the game.
“What is important for now is the three points though we needed to score more goals to reduce our goals deficit,” Abubakar said.
He said he was satisfied with the performance of the team but wants his men to improve on their accuracy in front of goal. Abubakar admitted he would take the full points in the face of the slim win.
Wikki head coach Ali Zubair, a former assistant coach of Kwara United, said there was nothing to feel bad about, despite failing to secure a result in Ilorin.
“We came here for a win, and I must say that we played well, but for the weather which affected our play.
“We tried to put the ball on the ground which is our typical way of playing but the wind didn’t allow us do that.
“As you can see in the second half that we did better because the wind had subsided,” Zubair said.
Kwara United will play Remo Stars in their next game on Wednesday.