Kogi United suffered a 2-0 lost to Shekarau Babes in their Week Nine of Nigeria National League, NNL, encounter played on Saturday.
A goal from each half scored by Abubakar Jados and Abdulrahman Mohammed proved decisive for the Kano based club as they saw off a challenge from their visiting Lokoja opponents.
Jados headed in a cross from Ibrahim Musa with just eight minute into the game to put the Babes in front.
United would later failed to convert their scoring chances with Musa Jatau who first had his goal bound shot blocked to corner.
Samson Pius, soon after had his shot parried to corner with a one hand safe from goalkeeper Clement Anthony.
The big size keeper also denied United to level up off a good build up and wonderful strike by Shuaibu Matthew as the first half ended with a goal deficit for the Confluence Boys.
The second half was almost similar to that of first with United let slip a run from Shekarau Babes while waiting for the centre referee Sanusi Mohammed to signal for a foul on after Sanusi Pedro was pushed.
Abdulrahman Mohammed would later smashed in the final kick that beat United keeper, Ogundare Detan to double the lead for the home side.
The Lokoja-based club responded soon after with a with the hope of changing the result but their effort wasn’t enough and Shekarau defenders shielded them from converting the few chances they had.
Head Coach of Kogi United, Ishaya Jatau, who expressed disappointment over his side’s defeat, admitting that the game was one of his side’s below performance noted that Kogi United were unfortunate to convert their chances.
He said the team would however concentrate on their next double home games with the a fresh positive approach and believe of ending the season well.
“Its a bad day for us today, this isn’t what we bargained for, the boys couldn’t get their rhythm especially in the formative stages of the halves, but its one of those days where you would push hard but couldn’t reach the target,” begin Jatau.
“We were also unfortunate with our missed chances, its difficult to get a good result when you failed to make such opportunities count and those we conceded were too cheap for our standard.
“That’s has to be put aside quickly and we must focus on our next games which are very important and must be won, I’m confident and believe we will finish the season well,” the former Inwanyanwu Nationale striker said.
Kogi United have on nine points and would have a chance to moving up the league table with double home games, first with hosting of Mighty Jets next Saturday in Lokoja and Sokoto United a week later.