Katsina have United ended a 12-game losing run of away games with a crucial point in a hard-fought encounter against Rivers United in an NPFL matchday 33 fixture at the Yakubu Gowon Stadium in Port Harcourt.
Katsina United have thus moved a position off the relegation pack – 16th place with 43 points from 33 games.
‘The Chanji Boys’ will now welcome Wikki Tourists in their next NPFL game
Rivers United have dropped to 17th on the table with 42 points from 33 games.
‘The Pride of Rivers’ will host already relegated Remo Stars in their next game.
This relegation dog-fight battle started with a very high intensity as both teams came out to display good football.
It was the home team who had the upper hand in the first 20 minutes as they enjoyed more of the possessions and created a lot of scoring chances, but they could not break the deadlock as the defence of Katsina United led by Timothy Danladi repelled all the threat threw at them by the attack of Rivers United led by the Mali international Abubakar Kanoute.
However, the hosts broke the dead lock just on 43 minutes after Katsina United goalkeeper Yinka David came off his lines and mistakenly gave the ball away to Kanoute Abubakar who did well to capitalise on that mistake to give the ‘Pride of Rivers’ the lead.
Katsina United young forward Adah Joseph was a delight to watch as his constant threat kept the defence of Rivers United on their toes.
‘The Chanji Boys’ fought back like wounded lions, but they could not change the score line as the first 45 minutes ended 1 – 0 in favour of Rivers United.
Katsina United came out in the second half resolved to upset the hosts as they got their first chance in the second half on 47 minutes after Joseph Adah was picked by Timothy’s long pass forward but the attacker could not compose himself in front of goal as he fired way off target.
Coach Bauldwin Bazuaye introduced two more attackers on 70 minutes as his team continue to search for the equaliser, but they could not get it until the injury time of the game as Adah Stephen, who came on for Faisal Sani in the 79th minute, did well to supply a through pass to Martins Usule who was running on the right flank.
Martins’ first touch was perfect and he slotted the ball past the goalkeeper of Rivers United Femi Thomas to give the visitors parity that was wildly celebrated by the visitors long after this game.
Photo, story by Wale Oyekanmi