Ashadi upbeat Katsina United can turn heads
By Uchenna Iyoke
Katsina United playmaker Destiny Ashadi believes his team have found the right blend to match any opponent in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) this season.
Ashadi and his teammates have already claimed the scalps of bigger oppositions in seven-time champions Enyimba and former Cup champions FC Ifeanyiubah, defeating them 2-0 and 3-0 respectively.
They have also won two other games at home – a 2-0 win over Niger Tornadoes and a 3-0 success over newcomers Go Round FC.
Katsina United’s impressive form since a 2-2 draw with Kano Pillars on the opening day this season, meant they have stretched their clean sheets to 389 minutes so far.
On the back of these impressive stats, though all in home games, Ashadi is confident that the team are beginning to find their feet in the ever tough division after escaping the drop last term.
The midfielder has also played down personal achievements having won three man-of-the-match awards so far.
“We are benefiting from the experience garnered last term. It’s important we keep the tempo and be able to compete favourably, because it is a tough league and only the strong survives. I am not satisfied with the man of the match awards given to me until I make a name for my club,” Ashadi told npfl.ng.
The performance so far has put Katsina United in fifth place in the NPFL standings behind Akwa United, Kano Pillars, Plateau United and Enyimba in that order.
Ashadi recalls how Katsina United had to overcome the rigours of top-flight football in 2017 after winning promotion from the second tier.
“We came into the league with virtually unknown players, who had little or no experience of top-flight football. It was a real test that constituted a long walk, strength and attitude, unlike the lower league, where you play less than 20 matches over a season.
“I am optimistic the knowledge from last season will serve as a boost for us to progress better this time. Also, the position we find ourselves before the mid-season could determine what we would vie for,” said Ashadi.
The former Kogi United midfielder has scored twice and provided four assists for Katsina United this season.