ABS beat DMD as players say win is chairman’s birthday gift

Muri Dagbo, who captained Abubakar Bukola Saraki (ABS) Ilorin FC to a 2-0 win over visiting DMD FC of Maiduguri, has said that the victory is dedicated to the club’s Chairman, Seni Saraki as their birthday gift to him. 

The Matchday 2 abridged 2020/2021 Nigeria National League (NNL) encounter was played at the Kwara Stadium Complex, Ilorin.

Dagbo, while reacting to the match said the victory was their own birthday gift to the Chairman. 

ABS Ilorin FC were the better side for most part of the first half but they wasted so many scoring opportunities.

Samuel Bamigboye in the 12th minute failed to complete a perfect team play by ABS FC, as his final touch went inches away from goal when he should have scored.

Maurice John broke the deadlock for the hosts with a powerful header after meeting Noah Ogidi’s cross from the right flank.

David Clackson in the 35th minute was close to leveling the scores for the visitors but his effort just went inches wide.

The visitors were close again in the 43rd minute when Friday Ogwuche struck from outside the ABS FC box, but Abdullahi Boje in goal for the hosts was in right place at the right time to deal with the effort.

ABS FC restarted the second half better than the finished the first half, and they dedicate proceedings more fluently.

In the 47th minute Charles Eguavon won possession in the midfield, found an incoming Shola Oketade in the DMD box but the striker shot went straight into the hands of the visiting goalkeeper.

One minute later, Bamigboye gained advantage, drove into the DMD’s bux but finished the move very poorly. 

Oketade would have doubled the lead for ABS FC when he lobbed the ball over the DMD’s goalkeeper but one of the defenders track back to turn the ball away from goal.

Charles Eguavon doubled the lead for ABS FC in the 52nd minute in a spectacular fashion when he received the ball in front of the DMD’s box, deceived the goalkeeper before sending him to a wrong side for the goal with his left foot.

The introduction of Mubarak Gata, Saad Abdulraheem and Emmanuel Kemka in the 71th minute increased pressure on the visitors but they sat back for most of the second half to reduce the chances of conceding more goals. 

The Ilorin based side now have four points from two matches. 

ABS FC will travel to Katsina to lock horns with Malumfashi for Matchday 3.

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