Kada City were too good for Mighty Jets FC of Jos as Wisdom Uwauku and Sadiq Suleiman’s strikes were enough to claim maximum points in the matchday six encounter of Group A2 of the Nigeria National League (NNL) 2017/18 season decided on Friday at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium training pitch A.
The virtually one sided match saw coach Shola Ibrahim Adewuyi of Kada City made three changes to the side that won 3-1 at the Lafia City Stadium in week five with Latif Babatunde recalled after been left out in the last two matches replacing Micheal Otukeh in the midfield. Kabiru Adewale also returned to the starting eleven to partner Emmanuel Okoh in the heart of the defense, leaving out Promise Onuh who was replaced at half time in Lafia after picking up a hamstring injury, while Sadiq Suleiman took the place of Arinze Obioma.
Kada City created three scoring chances in the first six minutes. First, it was Shola Collins’ long range shot following a poor clearance from the Jos based defender, but the goalkeeper was well positioned to pull a big save. Two minutes later, Latif Babatunde shot wide with the goalkeeper at his mercy. The third scoring opportunity fell the way of Justice Zakariya when Stephen Paul’s clever chip from deep picked him out in the area, but he pulled the trigger too quickly.
Timothy Bello had his own opportunity in the seventeenth minute but his left footed volley in the box was flew narrowly off the bar.
The wastefulness was put behind in the nineteenth minute when Wisdom Uwauku converted from the penalty spot following Muhusinu Attahiru handling of his goal bound header.
Mighty Jets committed more players in Kada City ‘s half after conceding the first goal, bossed possession for a few moment and aimed some long range harmless shots towards goal. The only visible scoring opportunity the visitors had through Inna Isha’s header was well dealt with by Sunday Okoh in goal for Kada City despite the offside flag been raised.
Wisdom Uwauku had two scoring opportunities in the space of two minutes in the 39th and 40th minute. Firstly, he received the ball from deep, dribbled past two defenders in a solo effort before shooting wide. Secondly, he beats his marker neatly and shot wide again with his left foot.
Five minutes later, it was Sadiq Suleiman’s free kick and goal when he curled in a direct free kick into the bottom left corner of the net from 25 yards following a rough tackle on him from his marker.
Kada City continued to dominate proceedings after the break and would have found the back of the net for the third time, but Latif Babatunde’s fine effort was cleared off the goal line by Obinna Jacob. One minute after the hour mark, Paul Stephen bent a curler of a free kick but Gobum Rot’duwe in goal for Jets made himself big to pull a save that was curling inside the net.
Deep into the game, Sadiq Suleiman tried to pick out Wisdom Uwauku in the area, but his intelligent pass was palmed and an appeal for penalty was waved off by the referee.
Coach Bernard Ogbe made two tactical subs by bringing on Manasseh Amanze and Sulaiman Adbulaziz in the last ten minutes to swell the attack but it made no impact as the center referee brought the match to an end after the three minutes of added time elapsed.
“We are happy to win a difficult match against a strong opponent. We still have a long way to go because it’s not yet over. Special thanks to my players, technical crew, management and supporters as we continue to work harder”, an elated coach Shola Ibrahim Adewuyi told Kada City media.
Kada City will travel to Keffi to take on Road Safety FC in matchday 7 this Saturday.