Solomon Kantoma and Arinze Obioma’s header in the first half were enough for Kada City to record it’s second victory in the matchday 4 of the ongoing Nigeria National League (NNL) 2017/18 season played this evening at the Training Pitch of the Ahmadu Bello Stadium.
The match of two halves was dominated by Kada City in the first 45 minutes which saw the centre referee pointing to the spot in the 3rd minute after Timothy Bello was fouled by the visitor’s defender in the area and was neatly buried by Solomon Kantoma.
Oluwafemi Adewumi of Kogi United was given time and space on the ball, but his long range effort flew narrowly wide off target ten minutes after his side fell behind .
Sadiq Suleiman was next with an opportunity to make it two in the 26th minute after he was freed by Arinze Obioma, but placed weakly with the goalkeeper out of position.
Arinze Obioma made no mistake 13 minutes before the break when he nodded home from Ashiru Ibrahim’s clever cross from the left flank by putting the icing on the cake and taking the game beyond the visitors.
Kogi United dominated the better part of the second half by pegging the home team deep in their own half with the introduction of John Jerome, Francis Okenu and Sunday Stephen (Alasco).
Shola Ajala was denied by the bar in the 63rd minute when his long range shot from almost 30 meters caught Bobai Daniel in goal for the hosts napping.
Jerome John and Muye Idris of Kogi United came close to scoring on different occasions, but Emmanuel Okoh, Jonathan Akinlade,Anthony Micheal and Solomon Kantoma did well in the back four to deny the away side from getting a goal from a fantastic second half display.
Kada City had one last opportunity in the 81st minute to make it three from Stephen Paul’s well delivered free kick, but Timothy Bello who tormented his former club with his dribbles and speed arrived late to put it in.
Coach Shola Ibrahim Adewuyi of Kada City attributed the victory to hard work.
“We worked hard on the training ground especially on our conversion which denied us of picking at least a point in Abuja against NAF FC.
“We knew our opponents will come at us in the second half, so we instructed our boys on how to curtail them. I’m happy we came out unscathed because they played well in the second period.”
Coach Tunde Abdulrahman of Kogi United expressed disappointment with the outcome of the game and felt the referee was inconsistent with some of his decisions especially against his charges.
“I’m disappointed with the score line. I think the referee wasn’t fair to us as he gave some technical advantages to the home side.”
“We will go back and correct our lapses as our quest for promotion is still very much intact”
Kada City will travel to Lafia to keep a date with Aklosendi FC in matchday 5 next Wednesday.