Katsina United again failed to salvage their poor run of form away from home after they fell 1-0 at Shooting Stars on Sunday in an NPFL Week 29 clash.
Katsina United have now played 11 matches on the road without a win and have failed to score in eight of those matches.
However, ‘The Chanji Boys’, who failed to travel to Ibadan with their regulars, still maintained 12th position on the NPFL table after their closest rivals also failed to win at the weekend.
3SC have now moved out of relegation trouble as they now occupy 15th position on the table with of 36 points from 29 games.
Katsina United will now host Kano Pillars in their next game at the Muhammadu Dikko Stadium in Katsina on Wednesday, while Shooting Stars will travel to Ijebu-Ode to slug it out with Remo Stars.
It was a very entertaining first half as both teams played to the delight of the fans at the Lekan Salami Stadium in Ibadan.
Katsina United dominated the early minutes of the game as they made two quick attempts at goal within the space of six minutes through Adah Joseph and Suleman Ibrahim, who had a great game.
Consequently, 3SC found their feet by building from the middle of the park to the attack, which led to two successive corners on 25 minutes, but goalkeeper Dami Paul did well to thwart their effort.
Adah Joseph combined well with Suleman Ibrahim on 40th minute, but the latter’s effort was saved by the goalkeeper of Shooting Stars Adamu Abubakar.
The referee awarded a hand ball to the hosts on the edge of the Katsina United box on 44th minutes and the thunderbolt strike from it by Wasiu Jimoh gave them the lead.
Katsina United fought back, but could not change the score line as the first half ended 1 – 0 in favour of the Shooting Stars.
On resumption of the second half, ‘The Chanji Boys’ almost got the equaliser on 48 minutes, but Adah Joseph’s effort was saved again by the Shooting Stars goalkeeper.
Both teams created several opportunities, but the score line remain unchanged after 90 minutes of action for the hosts ran away with an important win.
By Wale Oyekanmi