By Nsikak Ikrok
Muhammad Lukman’s 83rd minute was all that katsina United needed to cancel Ndifreke Effiong’s 8th minute away opener at the Muhammed Dikko stadium pulling a begging draw against visiting to Akwa United over the weekend.
The Promise Keepers then dominated play in the first half losing three good chances that would have buried the game for them.
Salisu Saidu a new katsina United import controlled a good pass finding Ndifreke but the shot went straight to the hands of keeper Daoudu for katsina.
Three minutes to the end of the half, Ndifreke Effiong waded through a band of katsina defenders and released a shot that registered Akwa United on the score sheet.
With a minute before half time, David Philip’s long throw-in was recieved by Saidu just outside Katsina United’s box. The striker made his way into the box and released a low drive but his attempt ran across the face of goal for the end of the first half with Akwa leading with a goal.
The hosts became more ferocious in the second half for an equaliser while
Goalkeeper Jean Efala who had a quiet first half for Akwa was tested in the 50th minute as he showed a brilliant save to stop Joseph Atule’s close range.
Coach Kennedy Boboye made two early substitutions in the second half that saw Akarandut Orok and Dare replacing Saidu Salisu and Wilson Elu respectively.
With a watertight defence led by Olisa Ndah, Sampson Gbadebo, Etboy Akpan and David Philip, the visitors held back warding off all onslaught before Coach Boboye brought in Denis Nya in place of Ukeme Williams to tighten the Akwa United back line.
The one all draw in Katsina still has Akwa United slipping from 6th to 7th on the table with 34 points from 23 games with a game in hand. They will next meet Nasarawa United in mid-week in Lafia on Match-day 25. In a related development, Dakkada fc of fell flat again losing 0-2 to Heartland of Owerri at Okigwe. Dakkada which began the league on a promising note have lost a string of matches lately including home games owing to what a cross section of team supporters attribute to poor funding.