BY ADAMS JESSE.
Nasarawa’s coach, Kabir Dogo, was obviously an unhappy man last Sunday after the Match Day 27 clash with Gombe United in the Nigerian elite league ended 1-1.
“We lost about 10 clear-cut chances but today is not our day, if not we would have scored about six to seven goals but that’s the beauty of the game”.
When asked about the number of lost chances by Adamu Hassan, Dogo replied: “I won’t single out an individual, Abdulrahman Bashir and Sibi Gwar also lost glittering chances so it’s more about the entire team and not an individual but we thank God for the one point.
We will go back and work on our scoring abilities, he concluded”.
The Solid Miners went ahead in the 21st minutes when Antonin Oussou diverted Adamu Hassan’s cross into the net after the latter combined well with Abdulrahman Bashir to set up the Beninior for his second of the season.
Adamu Hassan and Abdulrahman Bashir were both guilty of missing chances upon chances before Antonin Oussou’s well placed headed came off the crossbar to end the first stanza with the solid miners slightly in front.
On resumption Nasarawa United continued from where they stopped with Adamu Hassan failing to convert in the 51st minutes having rounded Danjuma Hussaini in goal for Gombe United before blasting his efforts wide with only the goal at his mercy.
On the 75th minutes, The Savannah Scorpions, as Gombe United are widely known, stung the Solid Miners when substitute Sani Abbani tapped in Afolabi Abdulwaheed’s inch perfect cross to equalise for Gombe United.
Danjuma Hussaini stood strong to deny both Abdulrahman Bashir and Sibi Gwar’s late efforts to ensure that the game ended with Gombe United picking a precious point in Lafia.
Nasarawa United, with 38 points from 27 games, are ninth on the NPFL log, will next be guests to Abia Warriors at the Umuahia Township Stadium in match day 28 while Gombe United are still deep in the relegation zone, occupying the 19th position having accumulated a total of 31 points from the same number of games and will next be host to El-Kanemi Warriors of Maiduguri.