Ashadi stars as Katsina United humble Niger Tornadoes
By Abdul Raheem
Katsina United midfielder Destiny Ashadi played a pivotal role in his team’s 2-0 win over Niger Tornadoes in a Matchday 7 fixture of the NPFL at the Muhammadu Dikko Stadium, Katsina on Sunday.
Chinedu Ajanah and Eric Dufegha scored a goal each for Katsina United but Ashadi was the man in the thick of things as he set up both goals to earn himself a brace of assists.
Tornadoes, who had lost their last three matches, went to Katsina United with the hope of halting the losing streak but the home side had other ideas as they hardly allowed the visiting team any sort of chance to get into the contest.
Despite the dribbling runs of Tornadoes pair of Ibrahim Babawo and Nasiru Afeez in midfield, it was Ashadi, Joshua Agboola and Lukman Agboola who claimed the battle in the middle of the pack and put in commanding performances that dwarfed those of their opposition.
Tornadoes’ effort to stop the Katsina United’s Dufegha and Ajanah at all costs earned Sunday Akinmoladun a yellow card and he was lucky to escape another booking as the game progressed.
Goals by Ajanah and Dufegha were just enough to sew up the points for Katsina United.
Speaking after the match, Katsina United head coach, Abdullahi Biffo commended his boys for maintaining their unbeaten home run, while noting that they intend to transform the good home form to away games beginning with their next match at Kwara United.
For Tornadoes head coach, Erasmus Onuh the team are missing a link and they would continue to work hard to get it right.
“We would need to bring in one or two players during the next transfer window but before then we would continue to work with what we have until we get it right,” Onuh said.
Katsina United: 1 Yinka David; 2 Frank Charles Kappe, 31 Sani Faisal, 4 Usman Barau, 32 Ikechukwu Nwachukwu, 6 Chinedu Ajanah, 7 Tasiu Lawal (Joseph Adah 72′), 30 Lukman Agboola (Usule Martins 88′), 10 Destiny Ashadi, 12 Dufegha Eric (Yushau Garba 84′) 8 Joshua Agboola
Subs: 34 Abdullahi Usman Boje; 27 Tswanya Samuel, 20 Abdulkareem Ahmed, 16 Yushau Garba, 17 Joseph Omah Adah, 18 Musa Suleiman, 19 Usule Martins
Coach: Abdullahi Biffo
Niger Tornadoes: 12 Edwin Nwakanma; 14 Reuben Ogbonnaya, 34 Hussaini Isah, 8 Bolaji Adeyemo, 21 Andrew Evans Ikefe, 5 Sunday Akinmoladun, 17 Ibrahim Babawo, 27 Afeez Nasiru Babatunde, 28 Segun Alebiosu (Eric Frimpong 75′), 6 Ifeanyi Okoye (Uche Onwuasoanya 52′), 3 Ammar Abdulkareem (Bashir Usman 26′)
Subs: 30 Mustapha Aliko; 13 Iliyasu Isiaku, 15 Peter Momoh, 38 Bashir Usman, 23 Uche Onwuasoanya, 11 Eric Frimpong, 31 Austin Igenepo
Coach: Erasmus Onu
Man of the match: Eric Dufegha