BY OLADIMEJI OSHODE
A wonderful display from Remo Stars Football Club saw the visitors salvaging a point at the Umuahia Township Stadium.
The Sky Blue Stars fashioned out a goalless draw against the ‘Ochendo Warriors’ in the last game of Match Day 23 in the Nigeria Professional Football League.
Technical Adviser, Fatai Osho made four changes to the starting line-up that defeated Gombe United in Match Day 22 of the League at the Gateway International Stadium, Sagamu.
Abia Warriors and Remo Stars approached the game with all seriousness as it took both sides five minutes to settle brilliantly into the game.
The home side had the first attempt but Oknuoghae Osas brilliantly stopped Sunday Adetunji’s chance that could have given the Ochendo Warriors the lead.
Dufegha Eric made a run for the Sky Blue Stars to locate Ochowechi Salefu but his attempt went over the bar and Ekene Awazie grabbed a pass but Agbor Ekoi saved for the home side.
The Sky Blue Stars had the larger percent of play with Ochowechi Salefu, Benjamin Felix and Awazie Ekene wonderful display that could have gone the visitors’ way.
Before the half the break, the home side had a chance through Anthony Okemmiri to locate Uche Inuarulam but he anxiously played it wide.
The second half started with Dufegha Eric having a brilliant attempt after getting pass Ogbonnaya Okemmiri but Agbor Ekoi saves before Ochowechi Salefu got close for a rebound.
Chidume Victor was also spectacular for the Sky Blue Stars with wonderful passes to locate Ochowechi Salefu and Ekene Awazie but Ozor Chinedu defended swiftly to deny the visitors.
Much pressure came in for the Sky Blue Stars in the closing minutes of the game where Ndukwe Chizoba was forced to make numerous saves from Sunday Adetunji, Obi Samson, Uche Ihuarulam and Yakub Muhammed.
Both teams tried their best possible to get at least a goal in the closing minutes of the game but the defenders reacted brilliantly to different attempts and the Sky Blue Stars forced the game to a goalless draw.
An elated Technical Adviser of Remo Stars, Fatai Osho said that the draw against Abia Warriors in Umuahia would propel the team to continue to work harder.
“It’s excellent for his team to get a point in Umuahia and it will also propel the team to continue to work harder.”
“We lost couple of away games because the results didn’t come our way but today we have got something reasonable to motivate us better.”
“We have to give it to the referees too because the officiating was fair, if we can continue to have this type of officiating then we won’t be talking of losing four subsequent away matches.”
“As regards the players, we don’t want to isolate an individual but we have to give it to the players because they worked collectively to get the draw.” Osho opined.