Warri - Warri Wolves Football Club on Wednesday defeated
visiting Kano Pillars 1-0 at the Warri Township Stadium.
The match was one of week two games of the 2015/2016 Nigeria
Professional Football League (NPFL).
The lone goal was scored by Kelvin Itoyah in added time of
the match’s second half after the Kano Pillars goalkeeper spilled the ball.
Both teams played entertaining football, to the admiration
of the spectators, with the visitors almost taking the lead through Tijani
Warri Wolves’ goalkeeper Dele Ajiboye however deflected the
effort, and he went on to later make a lot of saves during the game, especially
in the first half.
The host team also created a lot of ‘goal scoring
opportunities, but their forwards could not convert any.
At the resumption of the second half, Warri Wolves made
series of attempts at goal until the decider came in the fifth minute of second
half added time.
During a post-match interview, the acting chief coach of
Warri Wolves, Peter Nieketen, commended their players for the win.
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“We got it almost late, and this because we did not do the
right thing at the right time. At the end of the day, we started struggling.
“We created opportunities we could not convert, but we will
try and work on the areas we did not do well in.
“I must say however that I am just one week old with the team
and presently we are trying to sort out our players’ registration.
“As soon as we are able to do that, we will have enough
players to make use of.
“Some of the players who featured in this game are nursing
various injuries. But, so far so good, getting a win at home is good.
“Hopefully, we are going to improve in our subsequent
matches,'' he said.
Also, the coach of Kano Pillars, Baba Ganaru, blamed the
late goal they conceded on the carelessness of their goalkeeper.
“We came with the mindset to win the match and we actually
dominated the game.
“But I blame my goalkeeper for allowing such a cheap goal.
Again the five minutes extra time added by the officials was wrong,'' he said.
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