Kada City leave it late to seal comeback victory against El-Kanemi

By Abdul Raheem

Kabiru Sanusi came off the bench to score a fantastic stoppage time freekick that won all the three points for hosts Kada City as they beat El-Kanemi Warriors 2-1 on Wednesday at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium, Kaduna.

A rebound by Anayo Iwuala from a missed spot kick and a goal from a direct freekick by Sanusi were all Kada City required to turn the tide having conceded a 16th-minute Abubakar Umar goal in a Matchday 7 Group B fixture of the NPFL.

The feisty match started with a fast tempo as both sides recorded four offsides within four minutes. El-Kanemi came to Kaduna to get a result in continuation of their impressive away form. Thus, when Chinedu Ohanachalom lost his marker on top of the box, only to shoot at the keeper, it was a matter of time before they scored.

The time came six minutes later when Abubakar Umar got the ball within the hosts half, waltzed his way past the last defender, who was careful not to upend him and risk a red card, beat goalkeeper Ndukauba Sochima, before slotting into the empty net.

The goal sparked Kada City into life and they started piling the pressure but were undone by inexperience and a blunt attack. Kada striker, Sadiq Suleiman latched onto a freekick but couldn’t guide the ball towards goal. When Kada City were able to find the goal, Itodo Akor was there to make a save.

Kada City head coach Usman Adams’ half-time talk must have gingered his players, as they became more resilient and incisive in the second half. Ozor Felix rasping shot was tipped over the bar in the 49th minute, and not long after that he made way for the team’s top striker, Sanusi who is returning from an injury to make his season debut for the team.

Iwuala was brought down inside the box in the 67th minute, Sanusi stepped up to take the penalty but his shot was saved by Itodo Akor, only for Iwuala to slot in the rebound. Sanusi later scored a freekick in added time which proved to be the winner before being replaced by Osita Egbo.

Speaking after the match, Kada City assistant coach, Shola Ibrahim said their plan was to win the game and believes they are improving with each game.

“We have young promising players, who are picking up gradually. It was a difficult match, but we planned to win and we were able to win despite the pressure,” said Ibrahim.

TEAMS/MATCH DETAILS

Kada City: 30. Ndukauba Sochima; 32 Solomon Kantoma, 11. Papa Idris, 4 Ekene Obi, 15 Kabiru S. Adewale, 40. Shola Collins, 12 Felix Benjamin, 13. Richard Yamoah (Nura Mohammed 39′), 19 Sadiq Suleiman, 24 Ozor P. Felix (Kabiru Sanusi 56′ (Osita Egbo 90+1), 7 Anayo Iwuala

Substitutes: 22. Bobai S. Daniel, 23. Anthony Micheal, 5 Egbo B. Ostia, 14 Jamilu S. Coker, 18 Abdulakeem Adeyemo, 8 Nura Mohammed, 31 Kabiru Sanusi

Head coach: Usman Adams

El-Kanemi Warriors: 30 Itodo Akor; 35 Isaac Giwa, 5 Solomon Babatunde, 6 Lucky Erimuya, 13 Innocent Gabriel, 8 Sunday Anthony (Baba Ali Yakubu 81′), 28 Osita Ichendu, 25 Idris Sabo, 19 Chinedu Ohanachom, 26 Abubakar Umar, 17 Bello Musa (Hussaini Bata 65′)

Substitutes: 1 George Michael, 7 Olawale Isiaka, 27 Baba Ali Yakubu, 32 Nura Mohammed, 33 Pady Tchofenny, 29 Hafeez Akanbi, 11 Hussaini Bata

Head coach: Mohammed Baba Ganaru

Man of the match: Kabiru Sanusi (Kada City)