By Olayinka Owolewa
Kwara United FC of Ilorin and visiting Rivers United FC of Port Harcourt on Wednesday shared the spoil in a 1-1 draw.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the match Day 23 2020/2021 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) game was played at the Kwara Stadium Complex, Ilorin.
The match had fewer goal scoring chances in the opening stages.
Kwara United’s Stephen Jude was close to putting the homers ahead in the 14th minute when he couldn’t finish a perfect team move as he played his effort inches wide.
One of the visitors’ defenders cleared the ball from the goal line to deny the hosts the break through in the 21st minute in one of the moments Kwara United intensified their quest to score.
Okiemute Odah for Rivers United in the 23rd minute failed to deal with Issa Gata’s cross properly and allowed Segun Alebiosu a shooting chance when he spilled the ball before him, but the striker failed to capitalise on the error to score.
Rivers United’s first real goal scoring opportunity came with six minutes left before the break when Martins Usule shot at Kwara United’s goal.
Sunday Adetunji was helpless in the 40th minute when he broke away from his marker in one of the rare opportunities for the visitors in the first half but his pass for an incoming teammate was intercepted by Christopher Nwaeze.
Rivers United took the lead with just two minutes into the restart when Joseph Onoja’s long range shot met Dele Aiyenugba in a wrong position to put the visitors ahead.
Stephen Jude squeezed in an attempt from a tight angle in the 62nd minute but goalkeeper Okeimute Odah dealt with it perfectly.
Kwara United’s captain, Christopher Nwaeze drew his team level in the 74th minute shooting from a long range in the process, almost a reminiscence of the away team’s goal.
Michael Ohanu shot forced Okeimute Odah to one of the saves of the game in the 80th minute.
The visitors were reduced to 10-men in the 82nd minute when Fabian Nworie was shown a straight red card, he was allegedly adjudged to have elbowed Nosir Afeez.
The red card had little impact on the away team as the Stanley Eguma tutored side, stuck to their game plans to earn the vital a way point.
Speaking after the match, Kwara United coach, Abdullahi Biffo, described the result as a setback to his team’s aspirations to win the league this term.
He said the league is so good this season that anything can get result anywhere.
His Rivers United’s counterpart, Stanley Eguma, was full of praises for his boys, describing their performance as brilliant.