By TUNDE SHAMSUDEEN
Adeshina Gata’s goal for Abubakar Bukola Saraki (ABS) FC earned a vital 1-0 victory and maximum points over visiting Katsina United on Sunday and keeps the Ilorin firm among the top four on the log of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL).
In the match day 12 encounter decided at the Kwara Stadium Complex, Ilorin, Samuel Oyedeji wasted no time in telling the visiting Katsina United squad that the Saraki Boys mean business as his bicycle kick with just 27 seconds on the clock went inches away from the bar
Gata, a former Kwara United youngster beat the offside trap to score his first goal for his new club in the 25th minute of the interesting tie.
The lucky Gata followed two blocked shots to score the only goal of the game. Chukwuebuka Anaekwe had fired a shot at goal which was blocked by a Katsina United defender, Samuel Oyedeji followed the blocked shot to shoot again.
Oyedeji’s rebound find a well positioned Gata who beat the offside trap to put the ball in Dami Paul’s far left in goal for Katsina United to the delight of spectators at the stadium.
Dami Paul denied Mohammed Mohammed an obvious goal in the 38th minute when the goalkeeper was well positioned to catch the lanky striker’s flying header.
ABS FC controlled most of the proceedings in the first half with many scoring chances wasted.
The visitors responded better to half time team talk as they came out smoking in the second stanza.
A more determined ABS FC defense marshalled by Ernest Governor stood tall to deny the visitors a clear cut goal opportunities.
With just seconds on the clock, Boje Abdullahi had to lift very high to ensure the Saraki Boys maintained its 100 percent home record so far when a deflected header was almost find the back of the net.
Chukwuebuka Anaekwe who couldn’t train on Friday and was a big doubt for the Katsina United tie was voted the man of the match by journalists.