Coach Abdullahi Biffo described his team Katsina United as “fantastic” after they held Enyimba to a 0-0 draw at the Ahlan Pre-season Tournament at the Kano Pillars Stadium in Kano to set up a semi-final clash against Kano Pillars tomorrow.
Akwa United topped Group B with nine points from five games, while Katsina United came second with eight points.
Biffo said: “A fantastic outing for the boys who played with passion and determination.
“We knew Enyimba will want to descend heavily on us and my boys prepared very well for them.
“We were not with our play maker Destiny Ashadi who suffered an ankle injury against Wikki Tourists and he will be back soon.
“I don’t know if he can still participate again in the tournament. We will monitor his recovery.”
Katsina United came with determination and confidence as they dominated the proceedings in the early minutes of the game.
The game was so compact that the two teams could not get the space to test the goalkeepers in the early minutes of the game
Enyimba eventually created their first scoring opportunity on 10th minutes as Franko Atchiv’s long-range strike went miles away from the post.
Austine Oladapo of Enyimba could have put his team in front on 34th minutes, but his strike was saved by Yinka David, who did well to deny him.
However, Tasiu Lawal, who was lively throughout the game, almost gave Katsina United the lead on 41st minutes, but his left-footed strike went inches away from the post after he had dribbled past two defenders as the first half ended goalless.
Both teams introduced fresh legs in the second half to fortify their teams and they created so many scoring opportunity, but could not find the back of the net.
The second half was a mere formality as both teams could not find the back of the net until full time.
The lively Tasiu Lawal of Katsina United was voted Man of the Match for the second consecutive time after his five-star performance in the game.
KATSINA UNITED vs ENYIMBA
YINKA DAVID – FRANK KAPPE, ERIC GWAMMY, CHINEDU AJANA, TIMOTHY DANLADI, FAISAL SANI – USMAN BARAU, YUSHAU GARBA (ERIC DUFEGHA 74’), TASIU LAWAL(ADAH JOSEPH 89’), MUHAMMED LUKMAN, ODEYEMI EBENEZER (YELLOW CARD 36’, AGBOOLA JOSHUA 48’).
By Wale Oyekanmi