Lagos - Guy Kuemian netted a first half brace to power
Rivers United past a lacklustre Kaduna United side 4-0 in a largely one-sided
round of 32 Federation Cup game on Wednesday.
Onyekachi Okafor and Chinonso Okonkwo scored spectacular
goals in the second half to complete a good day in the office for Stanley
Eguma’s charges who now march into the round of 16 on the back of a brilliant
Kaduna United came into the fixture in boisterous mood having
won two and drawn one of their three opening games in this season’s Nigeria
National League (NNL).
They started well against Rivers United at the Aper Aku
Stadium, bossing possession and carving open the Festus Austin-led defence at
will in the early stages of the contest.
Nura Abubakar, Sunday Alasco and particularly Gabriel
Okoroko all came close inside the opening quarter hour but profligacy let them
They were ruthlessly punished for those missed opportunities
as Rivers United took the lead in the 20th minute with their first meaningful
attack of the day.
Kuemian chased down a delightful through ball from Okonkwo
before calmly slotting past the Kaduna United goalkeeper, Walbe David.
Bernard Ovoke almost doubled Rivers United’s lead in the
23rd minute but watched in agony as David pushed his brilliant free kick from
the edge of the penalty area away for a corner as the Nigeria Professional
Football League (NPFL) side cranked up the pressure.
Kaduna United attempted a fight back and thought they had
restored parity in the 27th minute when Okoriko headed past Rotimi from a free
kick but the effort was ruled out for offside.
That was the closest the NNL side came to scoring as Rivers
United went on a blitz of attacking football of deadly efficiency.
Also read: Fed Cup: Eguma wants Kaduna United scalp
Kuemian completed his brace in accomplished fashion, five
minutes before the break after some outrageous bit of wizardry from Ovoke who
left no less than three markers for dead with nimble footwork before squaring
for the unmarked Ivoirian to slot home from the edge of the box.
Second half substitute, Onyekachi Okafor made it 3-0 with a
stupendous finish, four minutes after the restart, following exemplary work
down the left hand channel by impressive left back, Chiwendu Ali.
Okonkwo scored the goal of the game, a 25 yard rocket that
left David with no chance, after he was played in brilliantly by substitute,
Best Deemua in the 65th minute.
News24 reported that a superb brace by Rivers United winger,
Bernard Ovoke proved the catalyst for a thrilling 4-3 win over Amateur side,
Papilo FC in a round of 64 Federation Cup game decided at the Godswill Akpabio
Stadium in May.
Rivers United have now scored eight goals in their two
Federation Cup games this year having defeated Papilo FC 4-3 in the round of
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