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Kwara United beat visiting Nasarawa United to halt recent poor form

27 April 2015, 08:17Yinka Owolewa

Ilorin - Segun Alebiosu scored his third goal of the season on Sunday in Ilorin as hosts Kwara United ended their recent run of losses by beating Nasarawa United FC 1-0.

The 2014/2015 Nigeria Professional Football League week six encounter at the Kwara Stadium Complex saw the home side dominating most of the early proceedings of the game.

Alebiosu found the back of the net in the 35th minute from Ahmed Jimoh's overhead pass.

The striker’s ruggedness ensured he scored the goal but he had to require medical attention thereafter.

This was because he had to survive the attention of many Nasarawa United defenders while poking the ball home inside the 18-yard box to score.

Muhammed Abdullahi started ahead of Emma Eviemeren for Kwara United, and he ensured there was sanity and stability in the midfield of the Ilorin-based team.

Nasarawa United were better in the second half, but the Solid Miners’ poor showing in front of goal continued to hold them back.

Former Sporting Lisbon midfielder Olufemi Oladapo played the last seven minutes to make his first appearance for Kwara United in the encounter.

Speaking after the match, Kwara United’s coach Tunde Abdulrahman said his boys were improving, compared to their performance against Heartland FC of Owerri a week earlier.

Abdulrahman added that his boys had learnt some lessons from their previous two games, and promised to lead the Ilorin outfit to an enviable position by the end of the season.

On his part, Nasarawa United's coach Baba Ganaru described the match as a good one.

He expressed the hope that if the competition’s officiating remained as it is now, the league would be far better.

The coach however questioned his players’ mentality, saying they played well at home but badly while playing away.

He said his players seemed to carry the mentality of losing whenever they were on the road.

"If we had played the way we did in the second half in the first half, we wouldn't have lost this game.

"Kwara United had their chances, they took them and that was why they won,'' Ganaru said.

Kwara United will now play the second of their successive home games against defending champions Kano Pillars in Ilorin on Sunday, May 3.



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