By Kanayo Jubal
ABS Coach, Henry Makinwa was in the clouds and made no secret of his joy after his team pulled up a remarkable 2-2 draw at Katsina United to avoiding another beating on the road and further boosted their NPFL survival chances.
It was a hugely desired result, not that Makinwa would have minded a win for the Abubakar Bukola Saraki (ABS) FC, but chasing the game at 2-1 down in the second half meant he would find consolation with returning to Ilorin with a point which improved their standing from 18th to 17th on the log.
The game which was keenly contested saw efforts at goal on both sides and with Ashadi coming close to a brace, it was Martin Ossy that benefitted from his mate, Chinedu Ajannah’s mistimed kick to calmly bring ABS back into the game at 1-1 inside the Muhammadu Dikko Stadium in Katsina.
The game later produced two more goals, with both side sides grabbing one each to end the game 2-2, all efforts for either side to grab a winner proved futile as they settles for a draw.
Makinwa told www.npfl.ng that he expects the draw to be one of the high points of the results for match day 32, though it turned out not to be with MFM stealing the show in 1-0 defeat of Remo Stars a Sagamu.
“I am glad that my team will be one of the few, if not the only one to record an away draw today, he began and continued, “I am glad the team showed gamesmanship and came from behind twice to show what they can do. The result could have been better, as we wasted some chances, but, given the way they came at us, I am glad we got to share the points, even though they would be wondering how we did that. We can only wish to make something better out of the season, as it draws to an end”.
Turning to their relegation worries, the Coach waxed philosophical, saying, “No side wants to be relegated and, even though we lie in 17th place, we can still beat the drop. All I can say is that we will see how our next game goes. We are still a side that is evolving and being built, so we cannot go ahead of ourselves,” he concluded.