NPFL 19: Sanusi strike downs Warriors in relegation 6 pointer (2)

Delta Force of Asaba welcomed Abia Warriors of Umuahia in their match day 16 encounter at the Stephen Keshi stadium, Asaba.

Both teams could not afford a loss as a loss dampened their chances of surviving the drop at the end of the season. Delta Force took the game to the visitors early on but disjointed attacking and a lack of creativity in midfield reduced their forays forward to mere wishful attacks. The visitors were more measured in their play and waited for opportunities to counter attack, opportunities that never came and saw the game drag into a stalemate in the first half.


Second half saw the introduction of veteran striker Kabiru Sanusi for the home side and he made the telling contribution in the 61st minute that won the game for his side and pushed Delta Force further away from the relegation zone. A cross was played in from the left of midfield and Kabiru Sanusi towered over the Abia Warriors defense to nod the ball in past a helpless goalie at his near post.

The goal opened the game up and both sides sought a goal, the Warriors sought an equalizer while Delta Force sought a second but neither could provide this, with Super Eagles goal keeper Chigozie Agbim particularly excellent to deny the Warriors to great chances to keep his side in the lead. The game ended a goal to the good and sunk Abia Warriors deeper in relegation waters.

Head Coach of Abia Warriors, Henry Makinde, while speaking to journalists after the game bemoaned his teams woeful finishing, noting that they had a plethora of chances to score but were let down by their finishing.

“This is a game we could have won because we had chances to score. This game is about scoring, nobody cares how you played, we had four chances, four glaring chances to score and I feel very bad”.

Author: Victor Modo
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