By Chibuogwu Nnadiegbulam
Austine Oladapo has said with great optimism that Gombe United will not be relegated from the Nigeria Professional Football League this season.
Oladapo who played a key role in ensuring that struggling Gombe United defied all odds to pull an impressive 2-2 draw against FC IfeanyiUbah in Nnewi on Matchday 31 of the NPFL
The heavily talented striker believes sharing the spoils with fifth-placed FC Ifeanyi Ubah has given his side more confidence that they will be safe at the end of the season.
The relegation battlers came from two goals down to draw level at the Ifeanyi Ubah International Stadium on Sunday, with Man of the Match, Oladapo assisting Sani Abbani’s goal from a free kick before going on to score the equalizer.
“We want to give glory to God for that draw. It is His doing. We didn’t expect the result, but due to our performance we got a positive result, the former FC Ifeanyi Ubah player told www.npfl.ng.
The ‘Savannah Scorpions’ looked like they were headed for a defeat after Loute Isaac scored a brace for FC Ifeanyi Uba in the first half, but in the second period they turned the match around.
“We knew we were going to come back because we dominated possession. They lost concentration and you know the side that possesses the ball wins the match. So that is how we were able to bring them down,” Oladapo said,.
“In the first half we were keeping the ball, though they got the two goals, so our coach told us to still keep the ball and by keeping the ball, we knew they were going to get tired.
“We believe we will come out of that (relegation) position with this result we got at Nnewi,” he added.
The draw against FC Ifeanyi Ubah gave Gombe United their third point on the road.
The ‘Savannah Scorpions’ are placed 19th on the latest NPFL standings with 36 points. Four points behind safety. They host Lobi Stars at the Pantami Stadium on Matchday 32.