Madugu starts life at Adamawa Utd with draw against Wikki
Justine Madugu began his journey as Technical Adviser of Adamawa United in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) with a draw against visiting Wikki Tourists of Bauchi.
Both clubs came into the contest on the back of defeats in their previous matches. Adamawa United were walloped 5-0 by Kwara United while Wikki Tourists lost at home to former Champions, Kano Pillars at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Stadium Bauchi.
It was apparent that the Yola based club’s lack of fire power in the final third has yet to be resolved by the new Manager as the team has only managed to record just one attempt that went off target in the first-half.
Wikki Tourist didn’t do any better as they too recorded just one real attempt before the break when Adamawa United keeper, Friday Achimugu had to dive to his right to produced a spectacular save off Chukwude Stephen’s powerful effort from close range.
Promising crosses from both flanks by Promise Damala and Chinedu Udeagha respectively across Adamawa goal failed to threaten as the likes of Idris Guda, Sale Ibrahim and Chukwude Stephen were unable to connect those passes.
The introduction of Manu Garba, Freedom Omofoman, Nazifi Yahaya and Mayaki Ismail added bite to Wikki Tourists attack as the new entrants made life difficult for the hosts in the second half.
Freedom Omofoman did well with a great footwork to beat his maker, Etete Okon in the right flank before towering a low cross to Nazifi Yahaya inside box but the former Kano Pillars forward blasted a shot against a wall of Adamawa defence in 78 minutes.
Friday Achimugu was called to action once more and this time the threat was from another Wikki substitute, Manu Garba who got the better of his makers just inside Adamawa box before producing a stunning strike. Achimugu blocked it on to the path of Omofoman who failed to finish well.
The only attempt on target recorded by the host came through Surajo Lukman when he made a good delivery from a set piece but was easily kept out by Stanley Nwabili three minutes before the end.
The result means Adamawa United poor run of form continues as they have failed to record a win since MatchDay 14 home victory against Dakkada FC.
The Yola-based club this kept their place at the bottom of the log while Wikki Tourist also stayed on same 13th position with 21 points
Wikki’s next opponent is Katsina United at home while Adamawa United will be on the road to Heartland FC of Owerri.
Achimugu Friday 25
Mbai Aminu 26
Etete Okon 14
Muhammed Jiya 34 (Henry Ochuba 89′)
Nanushi Daniel 5
Emmanuel Ogbuagu 15
Surajo Hassan 21 (Tunde Adams 89′)
Idris Abubakar 32
Ibekwe Emmanuel 41 (Sadiq Lawan 59′)
Danjuma Jamilu 27
Felix Kenan 19
Uche Nwokeji 42
Edward Elam 13
Lukman Surajo 4
Micheal Burate 10
1 Stanley Nwabali (GK)
13 Andrew Abalogu
15 Mustapha Abdullahi
35 Jimmy Ambrose.
6 Peter Ambrose
16 Jibrin Abubakar
27 Chukwude Stephen (Manu Garba 67′)
28 Chinedu Udeagha (Maiyaki Ismail 67′)
10 Sale Ibrahim
33 Promise Damala (Freedom Omofoman 70′)
7 Mohd Idris Guda (Nazifi Yahaya 46′)
34 Alladoun Kolimba (GK)
2 Olayinka Onoadapo
31 Salihu Adamu
CAUTION: Jibrin Jalo (16′), Andrew Abalogu (57′)
Shot Off Target 4-5
On Target 1-3