Kogi United 2-0 Kaduna United: Bolaji & Mustapha strike revive hosts’ promotion bid


Two early goals inside ten minutes ensured Kogi United eased past Kaduna United with a crucial 2-0 win in the Matchday 22 of Bet9ja Nigeria National League, NNL clash in Lokoja on Saturday.

Micheal Bolaji jabbed in the first goal within opening seconds of the game when Victor Tale raced down from the right flank tough his through pass wasn’t converted well by Bobby but the forward amended for his mistakes as he laid Bolaji who shoot past Godwin Tale.

Kaduna United almost level the scoreline moments later when Shamsudeen Hashim was found on the run by Sanusi Afeez but Kogi United’s keeper Ogundare Detan was on to make a timely save.

Detan was on hand again to clear the line for Kogi United in the fifth minutes when Kaduna attackers beat the offside trap but Musa Henry couldn’t pounce on the ball.

Kogi United doubled their lead two minutes later when Ibrahim Mustapha stole the ball from Ojo Jeremiah in the middle and raced down into the box before picking his angle well to beat Godwin in goal for the visitors.

The game became a more cagey one as Kaduna United stepped up to the challenge to ward off subsequent attacks from the hosts and were shy of goals at few opportunities they had.

Kogi United’s next scoring opportunity came in the dead of half time but Mustapha was selfish as his shot went awry when he had Bolaji at a better position.

The second half was more of midfield tussle as Kaduna United tried to break their hosts on the counter but were thwarted at each time of asking by a compact Kogi United’s defense.

But there were few opportunities in the second half notably for the hosts but Godwin Tale showed the stuff he’s made of with brilliant reflexes to maintain the margin for his side.

Kogi United have accrued 29 points and will next travel to Hadejia to take on Jigawa Golden Stars.