Ashadi, Usule star as Katsina United dump scrappy Akwa

By George Akpayen

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Photo: LMC Media
Photo: LMC Media

Akwa United were second best in Thursday’s rearranged NPFL fixture at the Muhammadu Dikko Stadium as Katsina United ran out 2-0 winners with Destiny Ashadi and Martins Usule scoring the goals.

Katsina United head coach Abdullahi Biffo named a very strong eleven that included Ashadi, Usule, Sani Faisal, Tasiu Lawal, Lukman Mohammed and Usman Barau.

Missing among the matchday squad for Akwa United were Ubong Friday, Kelly Kester and Aniekeme Asuquo who is away with the U20s on international duty while assistant coach Aliyu Zubairu took charge in the absence of head coach Abdu Maikaba.

It was a tepid performance from the Cup holders as Katsina United dominated for longer spells. Tasiu, Ashadi, Faisal and Usule were constant nuisance to the backline of Akwa that had Etim Matthew, Gabriel Wassa, Emmanuel Ariwa and Dennis Nya.

It was a one-to-one battle often between Tasiu and Wassa with the former skinning his marker most of the time.

Katsina United got into a flying start with an eighth minute goal from Usule who headed home from Faisal’s cross.

Akwa United never recovered and were pegged back with Ashadi smashing in the second on 34 minutes.

The Promise Keepers had rare opportunities at goal through Ifeanyi Ifeanyi, Victor Mbaoma and Christian Pyagbara but hardly troubled Katsina United goalkeeper Yinka David.

Ashadi and Usule’s goals were just enough for Biffo’s men to claim the full points as they move into sixth place.

ENYIMBA & PLATEAU UNITED WIN

Enyimba ended their hoodoo against MFM with a 2-0 win on Wednesday. First half goals by Nelson Ogbonnaya and Chinonso Okonkwo were enough to seal a first NPFL win on the Lagos club.

The People’s Elephant however finished the last 32 minutes of the game with 10 men after Isiaka Oladuntoye was sent off for a poor challenge on Sikiru Olatunbosun.

NPFL champions Plateau United put behind hem a difficult month of March with a scrappy 2-1 win over Yobe Desert Stars. Philip Asuquo’s audacious goal on the stroke of half time from the middle wiped out Plateau’s 1-0 lead through Amos Gyang on 35 minutes.

Emmanuel Odafe scored the winner 10 minutes into the restart for the champions, who will now focus on their CAF Confederation Cup playoff game against Algeria’s USM Alger next weekend.

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