Nasarawa Utd Whip Abia Warriors 2-0 At Home | Independent Newspapers Limited
Newsletter subscribe


Nasarawa Utd Whip Abia Warriors 2-0 At Home

Posted: May 3, 2015 at 9:34 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)
.Nasarawa United Football Club

.Nasarawa United Football Club

Nasarawa United Football Club of Lafia have climbed up the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) table with a win over Abia Warriors FC at the Lafia Township Stadium on Sunday.

The Lafia side defeated the visitors by two goals in Lafia, in spite of efforts by the Warriors’ officials to disrupt the match on account of what they termed poor officiating.

According to NAN reports, the first half was a tense and both teams failed to find the back of the net due to good defense and very few chances.

Nasarawa United broke the deadlock in the 47th minute after an error by the Abia Warriors goalkeeper, John Gaadi, tossing the ball towards Ugochukwu Leonard of Nasarawa, who promptly shot the ball into the net.

After the goal, an official of Abia Warriors rushed to the match commissioner’s stand, complaining about the goal but he was cautioned by fans who advised him to accept the result in good faith.

The Nasarawa side made it two in the 58th minute after a pass from Muniru Ubanle to Ugochukwu Leonard, who tossed another one behind the Warriors keeper.

More drama ensued for about 10 minutes after the second goal, as Abia Warriors’ officials rose in anger and urged their players to vacate the pitch, a directive that was ignored by the players who continued the match till the final whistle.

In an interview with NAN, Abia Warriors team manager, Abiayi Offor, explained that he reacted angrily because he felt the centre referee was biased against his team.

“My reaction was that the centre referee was so biased to our own game. Look at the first goal, it was (from) a clear offside (position) and our keeper was trying to catch the ball but the player kicked his hands and the referee allowed it. It is so sad,” he said.

Head coach of Nasarawa United, Baba Ganaru, praised his team’s winning spirit at home but said the team needed to be improved if they were to play at the continental stage.

On the attempts of Abia Warriors officials to disrupt the match, Ganaru said, “Everybody is entitled to his own opinion. As far as I am concerned, the referee officiated well and even helped them. I don’t see anything wrong in the officiating.”