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FC Abuja defeats Kogi Utd 1-0

22 April 2013, 11:39

Abuja - FC Abuja on Sunday defeated Kogi United Football Club 1-0 in a week 17 match of the Nigeria National League (NNL).

The match, which was played at the Old Parade Ground Sports Complex, Area 10, Garki, Abuja, saw Nuhu Maidabinu, scoring the only goal of the match through a powerful header in the 75th minute.

Efforts by Kogi United to get an equaliser, however, did not yield any result.

Usman Ilerika, the Head Coach of FC Abuja, who spoke to newsmen after the game, expressed mixed feelings about the hard-earned victory.

"Well, my boys tried their best today and thank God the goal came, even though there were one or two lapses in the team.

"That is why we are here; our work is to go back to the drawing board and correct such mistakes so that they do not re-occur,’’ he said.

Ilerika noted that the team made the game a bit difficult for themselves as they had a lot of goal scoring chances which they could not convert.

"The most difficult thing for a club is to create chances, which we did more than enough today.

"Most of our shots struck the bar, while others went off target. We even missed a penalty.

"This kind of situation gives your opponent the courage to come back into the game, thereby making the game very difficult," he added.

Musa Omole, the head coach of Kogi United, bemoaned what he called poor quality of officiating.

According to him, poor officiating is a general problem in Nigerian football.

"A coach will suffer day and night to prepare his team and a referee will just come and mess the game up.

"I am not asking him to help my team, but I am saying that the game must be open and fair.

"The syndrome of `the home team winning at all cost' is killing our league. The best team must be allowed to win at all times," he stressed.

In the other NNL Group A, Week 17 matches played today, Mighty Jets of Jos beat Jigawa Golden Stars 2-0 and Adamawa Utd versus JUTH FC of Jos ended in a goal less draw.

FC Abuja is currently placed 15th on the 16-club NNL Group A table.

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