By TUNDE SHAMSUDEEN
Substitute Nonso Mbakwe ensured that Shooting Stars did not leave Pantami Stadium empty-ended as he struck a late minute equalizer against Gombe United on Sunday evening on match day 13 of the Nigeria Professional Football League.
The Oluyole Warriors ended their futile trips to Gombe in the last 21 years after the team’s last draw with their hosts in 1996 when Duke Udi brought the equalizer.
All was going the way of the home team before Nonso connected a 92nd minute free kick by Captain Seun Akinyemi from the right and found the left angle of goalkeeper Fabiyi to silence the vociferous and already jubilation get Gombe crowd.
Midway into the first half in-form midfielder, Samuel Agba has put Gombe United ahead in the 30th minute after converting a spot kick when defender Samuel Olabisi handled the ball in the box.
Before then, the homers had failed to put their chances away towards the tail end of the game with goalkeeper Adamu Abubakar and his defence line mostly busy.
However, succour came in the added time with a foul on another substitute, Fawaz Otun and Akinyemi had played it to lurking Mbakwe whose low connect caught goalkeeper Fabiyi on the wrong side.
By this result, Shooting Stars have secured five draws in the last five games.