The 2017/2018 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) fixture between Nasarawa United Football Club and Kwara United FC on Sunday ended in a six-goal thriller with both sides scoring three each.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the entertaining Match Day 9 encounter played at the Lafia Township Stadium saw the hosts missing a series of clear scoring chances.
But in the 22nd minute, a foul on Ishaya Anyu earned the hosts a penalty kick which Seun Sogbeso scored to give them a 1-0 lead till the half-time break.
Kwara United came out fighting and in the 64th minute, Stephen Alfred took advantage of Nasarawa United’s sloppy defending to score from close range and make it 1-1.
In the 73rd minute, barely two minutes after entering the pitch as a substitute, Najeem Olukokun connected to a fine cross from Kabiru Balogun with a close range header.
In the 84th minute, Olukokun again exhibited the qualities of a super-sub by hitting a volley from outside the penalty area to increase the home side’s lead to 3-1.
Barely a minute later, Kwara United’s Alfred again quietened the stadium with a shot which beat Nasarawa United’s goalkeeper Umar Danlami to make it 3-2.
Substitute Micheal Ohanu rose highest in the first minute of added time to connect a header and make it 3-3.
Speaking after the match, the Head Coach of Nasarawa United, Kabiru Dogo, said the match’s outcome was shocking, disappointing and not what the team had expected from a home encounter.
“We are very disappointed because this was not what we wanted. As I am talking to you, I am not even thinking of the next encounter against FC IfeanyiUbah because of this shocking result.
“Maybe in the next few hours, we will think of what to do,” he said. (NAN)