Katsina end season home games with win over Abia
By Uchenna Iyoke
Katsina United played out their last home game of the season with a 1-0 win over Abia Warriors on Sunday at the Muhammadu Dikko Stadium.
Mansoor Aliyu converted the only goal five minutes before the break with an assist by Samuel Kalu.
The home team initiated early attack on five minutes through Samuel Kalu, whose one time shot was grabbed by goalkeeper Elkanah Godgift.
Abia Warriors got their first attempt at goal two minutes later when Obioma Chukwuemeka forced Daouda Kassaly to make a crucial save, having pounced on a loose ball from the edge.
Atule Joseph and Rasheed Ahmed attempted other efforts made by the home side, which was kept out by Elkanah Godgift.
Obioma Chukwuemeka squandered a glaring opportunity that should have put the visitors ahead in the 26th minute, his shot from six yards blown wide.
Both teams returned from the break with lots of energy, but it was the visiting team that held onto possession as they sought to level terms.
Coach Imama Amapakabo introduced four players from the bench, Fatai Abdullahi, Samuel Christian, Paul Samson, ,Lukman Bello were thrown on for Okemmiri Anthony, Hammed Yakub, Garando Tekena and Obioma Chukwuemeka.
Woilai Daniel almost levelled scores when he fired a hot shot from distance, but Daouda Kassaly thwarted his effort.
Katsina United held on to scoop maximum points and ensure a topflight status ahead of next season.
Katsina United currently occupy 11th spot with 49 points from 37 games, while Abia Warriors are 14th, having amassed 44 points pending other games tomorrow.
Man Of The Match: Mathew Emmanuel, Katsina United.
Caution: Frank Kappe, Usman Barau, Katsina United.
Katsina United Team List
Daouda Kassaly GK 21, Frank Kappe 22, Faisal Sani 31, Ayo Adetola 34, Habibu Yakubu 5, Mansoor Aliyu 2, Samuel Kalu 17, Usman Barau 4, Rasheed Ahmed 20, Mathew Emmanuel 14, Atule Joseph 25.
Subs Used: Boubacar Massaly 19
Unused Subs: Ogar Ajima Gk 33, Adekunle Adeniyi 15, Nafiu Ibrahim 24, Abdulkareem Ahmed 10, Gambo Mohammed 9, Sanusi Abdulmutalab 26.
Abia Warriors Team List
Elkanah Godgift GK 1, Njoku Augustine 37, Mohammed Kabiru 23, Woilai Daniel 17, Adeleke Adekunle 15, Gabriel Innocent 13, Okemmiri Anthony 10, Hammed Yakub 12, Garando Tekena 18, Obioma Chukwuemeka 9, Obaje Godwin 21.
Subs Used: Fatai Abdullahi 4, Samuel Christian 19, Paul Samson 7, Lukman Bello 28.
Unused Subs: Ojo Olorunleke Gk 30, Anumudu Udochukwu 25, Ojobo Markson 20, Udezuka Henry 40, Nzube Anaezemba 24.