Rampant Adamawa United hit Katsina United for four
By Adamu Ahmed Usman
Adamawa United recorded an impressive performance against Katsina United in one of Matchday 6 fixtures of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) season held in Pantami Stadium Gombe, the adopted home of the Yola-based club.
An early own goal by full-back Samuel Tswanya gave the hosts the lead followed by a penalty goal by Idris Abubakar which extended Adamawa United’s lead by two in the first half, while two second half goals by Felix Kenan and Sadiq Lawan completed the heavy defeat against the Chanji Boys who came with their supporters in large numbers.
Adamawa United head coach Muhammed Bello made four changes from the side that suffered a two-nil defeat to Enyimba in Aba as his first-choice goalkeeper Bulus Pwadadi was not available among the squad due to a minor car accident. His place was taken by Victor Philemon. Mbai Aminu, Nanushi Daniel and Sadiq Lawan were listed ahead of Abba Seto, Lukman Surajo and Michael Burate respectively.
Meanwhile Henry Makinwa of Katsina United altered three names from the starting 11 that defeated Sunshine Stars in Katsina as Alex Godwin, Yusha’u Garba and Nurudeen Ibrahim were missing for Tswanya, Dominic Abah and Joseph Atule respectively.
Katsina United were the first side to have a sight of goal with just four minutes into action after a loose ball fell to Destiny Ashadi deep into Adamawa United’s half, the midfielder sprinted freely into the box before smashing a powerful effort just for Victor Philemon to produce a perfect save to deny the visitors an early opener.
After jettisoning a vital chance of scoring, nine minutes later the visitors conceded an own goal via Tswanya who flicked the ball into his own net from a cross delivered by Adam Yakubu.
In the 20th minute, a nice flow of play from the centre by the hosts saw playmaker Felix Kenan free Adam Yakubu on goal inside box, just for onrushing goalie Boje Abdullahi to collide with the forward which left centre referee Okechukwu Ezeogu with no option but to point to the spot which was perfectly converted by Idris Abubakar on 22 minutes for Adamawa United’s second.
Katsina United responded beautifully with good exchange of passes that involved Gambo Muhammad and Destiny Ashadi on the edge of Adamawa United’s box, the latter lifted a fine cross into the path of Dominic Abah who headed from close range, the attempt was thwarted by goalie Victor Philemon five minutes after the half hour mark.
A swift response saw Adamawa United produce a dangerous counter from the left flank with Felix Kenan at the receiving end, the versatile forward struck the ball sweetly above goalie Boje Abdullahi but Habib Yakubu came from nowhere to produce a perfect clearance to deny the home team.
Yusha’u Garba replaced Barau Usman who appeared to have suffered an injury towards the end of the first half as the first substitution from the visitors going into the second half.
The Chanji boys, from the restart, moved the ball so well as they aimed at levelling the score, but resolute defending by Mbai Aminu, Luran Javan, Muhammed Jiya and Nanushi Daniel made life difficult for the attacking trio of Gambo Muhammed, Tasiu Lawal and Destiny Ashadi.
Eight minutes after the hour mark centre-half Yakubu Habib who saved his side from a goal-bound Felix Kenan attempt in the first half poorly kicked a backpass to his goalkeeper which was intercepted by Kenan who made no mistake putting the ball beyond Boje Abdullahi.
Katsina United had their woes further compounded in 71st minute when Muhammed Jiya got better of Tswanya on the edge of before laying an inviting pass to Sadiq Lawan who brilliantly fired a powerful left-footed strike into the roof of the net for the fourth goal.
Veteran striker Gambo Muhammed almost scored a consolation goal for the visitors before the final whistle but Victor Philemon did well to deny the former Kano Pillars striker by punching away to safety as the home side deservedly got the maximum points and moved to 12th position on the log while Katsina United are on 11th place after falling from 7th position.
Adamawa United will travel to Uyo for a date with Akwa United while Katsina United will welcome Lagos-based club MFM at the Muhammed Dikko Stadium, Katsina for Matchday 7 on December 8.
ADAMAWA UNITED: Victor Philemon, Mbai Aminu, Luran Javan, Muhammed Jiya, Jibrin Abubakar, Nanushi Daniel, John Paul (Isa Garba 54′), Adam Yakubu (Micah Uzoma 89′), Idris Abubakar, Felix Kenan, Sadiq Lawan (Eka Unegbe 82′)
UNUSED SUBSTITUTES: Ahijo Mahmud, Amos James, Lukman Surajo, Edward Elam
GOALS: Tswanya Samuel 13′ (OG), Idris Abubakar 22′ (PEN), Felix Kenan 68′, Sadiq Lawan 71′
CAUTION: Felix Kenan 64′
KATSINA UNITED: Boje Abdullahi, Frank Kappe, Tsawanya Samuel, Habibu Yakubu, Ikechukwu Nwachukwu, Dominic Abah, Usman Barau (Yusha’u Garba 46′), Destiny Ashadi, Joseph Atule (Bashir Sheriff 56′) – (Musa Sulaiman 78′), Tasiu Lawal, Gambo Muhammed
UNUSED SUBSTITUTES: Aliko Mustapha, Suleman Shehu, Abdulkarim Ahmed, Suleman Ibrahim
CAUTION: Boje Abdullahi 21′, Bashir Sheriff 77′
Adamawa United 4-0 Katsina United
Attempts off target 2-3
On target 2-3
Yellow Card 1-2
Red Card 0-0