NPFL 19: Abdullahi Abubakar strikes to hand Nasarawa all THREE POINTS

The Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) returned as Nasarawa United hosted Abia Warriors at the Lafia City Stadium.

Prior to the game Nasarawa United has not won an opening game in 5 consecutive seasons while Abia Warriors had never lost an opening game since they got promoted into the apex league.

The game lived up to its pre-match billing as Abia Warriors took the game to the solid miners in the early stages but Galadima Mohammed in goal was on hand to deny Shedrack Asiegbu a certain opener before Abdullahi Abubakar got on the end of Douglas Achiv's freekick to blast home from a tight angle in the 20th minute.

Daddy Morris almost made it two just before the break but Uche Okafor was equal to the task as he pulled off an amazing save to keep the scoreline respectable.

At the restart, Coach Henry Makinwa brought out the ineffective Anthony Okemmeri for Ogbuagu Okoro in as he immediately swung into action but Abia Warriors could not find the final touch to nail Nasarawa United.

Ten minutes to the end of the game youngster Kadiri Attah was handed his official debut as he replaced Daddy Morris but was unfortunate not to have scored as his header from Sunusi Ibrahim's cross was calmly caught by Okafor Uche.

Speaking after the Coach Bala Nkiyu disclosed that even though his team struggled in the second half of the game, it was still a good results.

"The players actually put in their best and it was heartwarming to see the side won against a very good side in Abia Warriors, we will go back to the drawing board and see if we can improve on our performance in our next game against FC Ifeanyi Uba in Nnewi, he concluded''.

Abia Warriors coach, Henry Makinwa was obviously not a happy man after his side lost in Lafia. He revealed that his side lost due to their profligacy in front of goal despite putting up a spirited display. He went on to say that he will go back and work on his side's finishing as they host Go Round of Omoku in Umuahia.

Author: Adams Jesse Odoba-Yacham
A Nigerian with passion for the NPFL Football, npfl

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