Katsina United compounds Sunshine woes
‘The Changi Boys’ have compounded the woes of Sunshine Stars following the 3 – 1 defeat inflicted on them in one of the NPFL matchday 20 fixtures decided at the Muhammadu Dikko Staium in Katsina.
First half goals from Eric Gwammy, Martins Usule and Tasiu Lawal ensured that the visitors were put to the sword.
Katsina United have now moved to sixth on the league table following this fantastic victory with 27 points picked from 20 games, while ‘The Akure Gunners’ have dropped to 8th on the table with 26 points amassed from as many games
Wednesday game started on a bright note with both teams displaying good football artistry to the delight of the spectators in the stadium.
It was the visitors that had the first scoring opportunity after Eric Gwammy’s wrong pass set Amah free one-on-one with Katsina United goalkeeper but Dami Paul came out big and made a fabulous save to deny the visitors from taking the lead just a minute into the game.
It was a keenly contested game as the visitors kept the hosts at bay in the first 15 minutes.
Katsina United found their feet in the game and dominated possession with destiny Ashadi dictating the pace of the game from the middle of the park with crisp passes that would always carve a hole out in the defense of Sunshine Stars
Katsina United broke the deadlock on 18 minutes with a close range effort from Eric Gwammy following an individual brilliance of Destiny Ashadi who dribbled past three defenders before putting the food on the plate for Gwammy who powered home a close range rocket to give ‘The Changi Boys’ an important lead.
Sunshine Stars poured forward in search of the equalizer but were repelled by the defense of Katsina United lead by CHAN Eagles star Timothy Danladi
Martins Usule would then put salt on the wound of the visitors on 20 minutes with a brilliant flick off a long ball forward by Ikechukwu Nwachukwu after Sunshine Stars goalkeeper Henry left his goal unmarked and Katsina United lead by two goals up.
‘The Akure Landlords’ would have pulled one back on 42 minutes after Fuad glided past two markers and released Amah on the edge of the box but the his effort went just wide
Katsina United top scorer would then benefited from a dangerous square ball in from Eric Gwammy who had mesmerized his marker to tap into the back of the net what seemed to be the last kick of the first half as Katsina United went to the break with a comfortable three goals advantage.
On resumption, Sunshine Stars gaffer, Kabiru Dogo introduced some fresh legs to beef up his attack as they continued to search for the equalizing goals.
The changes would later pay up later in the game as ‘The Akure Gunners’ pulled one one goal back with a sublime free kick by Chigozie Obasi with 15 minutes left on the clock.
The visitors poked and knocked several times but could not find the break through as the game ended 3 – 1 in favour of Katsina United.
Coach Abdullahi Biffo told www.fckatsinaunited.com that his boys did brilliantly to pick the crucial maximum points.
“Yes, a fantastic and tough game. But I must commend my players for putting up a good fight to pick all the important three points,” he said.
“My boys played to instructions and we created so many scoring chances, but the final touch was lacking, which was our greatest on undoing.
“I told my boys that this is a game we have to win in the first half because the second half will be tough. And they did just that by scoring all the three goals in the first half
“We will continue to work hard for us to achieve our target for the season. He concluded
Eric Gwammy was adjudged the Man of the Match by the pressman who covered the game.
Katsina United will now travel to Lagos to keep a date with MFM FC.
Katsina United Team
Dami Paul, Frank Kappe, Tsawanya Samuel, Timothy Danladi, Ikechukwu Nwachukwu, Usman Barau (Yushau Garba 66’), Dominic Abah, Destiny Ashadi, Eric Gwammy, Tasiu Lawal (Sherif Bashir 75’), Martins Usule (Eric Dufegha 90+2’)
Yinka David, Faisal Sani, Ahmed Abdulkarim, Akeem Balogun