Kwara United Football Club on Sunday defeated visiting Wikki Tourists FC of Bauchi 1-0 in a Match Day 8 fixture of the 2018/2019 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL).
The match played at the Kwara Stadium Complex in Ilorin saw Segun Alebiosu’s 25th minute penalty kick separating both sides.
The penalty kick was awarded when a Wikki Tourists defender was adjudged to have handled the ball in the penalty area in the 24th minute.
Alebiosu, who had lost his first penalty kick of the season against Sunshine Stars, redeemed his image by converting this time around.
The game started on a good note for the home side, but they were unable to convert the numerous goalscoring chances created.
The duo of Alebiosu and Ebenezer Odeyemi tormented the Wikki Tourists defenceline, but Abdullahi Musa and Franklin Anthony led the visitors’ backline very well for most part of the game.
Coach Bala Abubakar of Kwara United FC, while reacting after the game, said he was satisfied with the result, in spite of the slim win.
“What is important for now is the three points, even though we needed to score more goals to reduce our goals deficit,’’ he said.
The coach however said while he was satisfied with the team’s performance they must begin to score goals.
His opposing counterpart, Ali Zubair, who was a former Assistant Coach of Kwara United, said there was nothing in the defeat to make them feel bad.
“We came here for a win though, and I must say that we played well, but for the weather which affected our play.
“We tried to put the ball on the ground, which is our typical way of playing, but the wind didn’t allow us to do that.
“In the second half, we did better because the wind had subsided,’’ he said.
Kwara United FC will take on Remo Stars in their next game in Osogbo on Wednesday.