NPFL: Amos Danladi sinks Ikorodu at own waterfront

Danladi celebrating his winning goal with goal keeper Olorunleke
Danladi celebrating his winning goal with goal keeper Olorunleke

Visiting Giwa FC of Jos shone all the way with pacy Amos Danladi blasting home a cracker in 89th minute that left the Lagos crowd stunned as they sealed a 2-1 victory over Ikorodu Utd at the Onikan Waterfront in the NPFL match day 7 encounter.

From a little tap from a free kick spot at the edge of the box, Danladi sold a dummy displacing Ikorodu’s three man defence wall to create space and ruthlessly aimed at the top right angle. Ikorodu goalkeeper admitted that he just did not see the ball.

The Jos boys made clear that they came for as Salau Ibrahim cut off the defence with a diagonal pass to set up Shittu Lawal who took the defenders in a run and delivered a low cross in front of goal which David Sunday tapped in to put Giwa on the lead.

Ikorodu United’s Ifegwu replied in the 19th minute with a cheeky lob over on rushing goalkeeper Ojo Olorunleke to bring Ikorodu back to the contest before the break.

With both teams on the level, it looked like Ikorodu would seize the moment after the break but the seasoned coach in Gbenga Ogunbote had some other tricks as he had Giwa soak the pressure and then decided to chase the chance for an away victory as he unleashed Adebogun Omotayo and Charles Henlong to give more verve to his attack resulting in several free kicks against Ikorodu one of which Amis Danladi converted to inflict more troubles on the struggling Lagos side.

The home defeat makes it three in a row for Ikorodu United which also conceded nine goals in their three last games.

Coach Benson Fuludu simply could not contain his grief at the poor showing of his team as he remained downcast and unable to speak. His assistant, Ikechukwu Emichita believes however that the Ikorodu boys need psyching up to help them recover from the streak of losses and measure up to the contest.

Interestingly, the club reportedly has a new coach in former Nigerian International Sam Okpodu, only recently out of Warri Wolves and he us expected to man the saddle as they go away to Nasarawa United in their next match

Fred Edoreh


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Born July 13, 1965, Fred Edoreh hails from Umeh, Isoko South, Delta State. He attended St. John Primary School, Iselegu, Mater Dei Collage Ashaka, St. Patrick’s Grammar School, Asaba for HSC and graduated in English and Literary Studies at Bendel State University, Ekpoma.
He went into journalism in 1990 with Newbreed Magazine and later crossed over to television production with Ultimate Sports and Soccerworld on the Nigeria Televsion Authority.
He subsequently moved to pioneer Internet publishing in Nigeria with Nigeriasports.com and was later employed at Silverbird Television from where he moved as Editor of Weekend Sports at Naational Mirror Newspapers.
He currently publishes the online sports website www.sportstalkafrica.com besides and also runs a sports marketing outfit, Westcoast Works and Projects, managing and marketing live radio broadcast of the Nigeria Professional Football League.

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