Team Manager of Kogi United FC, Ameh Henry has expressed satisfaction with his team’s performance despite their 2-1 loss to Jigawa Golden Stars in the Week Nine encounter of the Nigeria National League, NNL in Hadeija on Saturday.
“The match was unfortunate, it didn’t reflect our performance today. But I’m happy with my players’ display today, I’m really proud of them, they didn’t lose fight until the end. They showed maturity and zeal which gave us the goal and I believe we will get it right soon”, Henry said.
Scorer of the lone goal for the Wada Boys, Rabiu Nura said the match was his best as Kogi United player, but expressed dissatisfaction as his first goal of the season could not salvage a point for the Wada Boys.
“I’m happy to have scored, but its not important as we lost. I’m really encouraged with our display today, despite what happened, we showed we are ready for any intimidation and pressure in away games. I think this is our best away game this season. This is a step closer to what we want, by God’s grace, we will make it happen soon”, said Rabiu.
Kogi United’s first goal of the match was disallowed in the 23rd minutes when Alao Abdulrasaq headed in a goal from Adam Tikani’s throw-in.
Hamisu Muhammad put Jigawa into lead with a header from a cross in the 44th minutes and substitute Nura Rabiu blasted in a 20-yard shot to level the score for Kogi United with six minutes to end the game.
The game looked to be heading for stalemate when centre referee Aliyu Garba from Kaduna blew for an imaginary infringement in Kogi United’s box. A cross from left was headed wide by Jigawa’s Abawula Dahiru. As the keeper was about to pick the ball, the referee pointed to penalty spot and Ali Aliyu converted the spot kick to end the match 2-1 for Jigawa and make Kogi United continue in their search for their first away point of the season.
Kogi United still locked at 12 points and will next face Niger Tornadoes FC of Minna in their next game in Lokoja.