Kwara United Football Club this evening, May 24th, 2023, defeated Nasarawa United by a lone goal at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, to qualify for the last eight of this year’s Federation Cup competition.
The lone goal, which ensured Kwara United defeated their North Central counterparts for the second time in three weeks, was scored by Samad Kadir, who converted a spot kick in the 52nd minute of the game.
Kwara United defeated Nasarawa United 1-0 in the Matcday 17 of the Nigeria Premier Football League (NPFL) at the Township Stadium in Akure, to escape relegation from the apex league.
The team dedicated the victory to Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, in celebration of his emergence as the Chairman of the Nigeria Governor’s Forum (NGF).
Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq yesterday emerged as the Chairman of the Forum which is in charge of coordinating the political and socio-economic activities of the 36 Governors, in relation to the activities of the Federal Government and inter-governmental duties.
The General Manager of the club, Bashir Badawiy, while commending the players for their commitment, thanked the Sports Commission, management, stakeholders, players, Supporters and Fans of the club for the feat, which he says, has eluded the team for a long time.
Nasarawa United showed early signs of seriousness when they forced a brilliant save off Kwara United Football Club goalkeeper, Adewale Adeyinka.
Kwara United took the initiative immediately, dictating the phase and wave of the game, forcing Nasarawa United to their own half, with the Lafia based team recording few ocassional incursions.
Kwara United Football Club introduced Ayobami Junior in place of Ahmed Jimoh, as Yahaya Ibrahim replaced Paul Samson, early in the second half, with the zeal to determine the knock-out game raised.
Yahaya Ibrahim’s shot was blocked with a hand in Nasarawa United ‘s box, and the resultant penalty was converted by Samad Kadri, and the goal ended up been the decider of the Round of 16 match.
Samad Kadir almost made it two for the Harmony Boys few minutes later, and Omaka Anthony missed chances, as Harmony Boys dominated the game in the larger part of the game.
Kwara United defeated Gateway FC 4-2 on penalties in the Round of 64 of the competition, eliminated Ikorodu City 3-1 in the Round of 32, and today, trashed Nasarawa United by a lone goal, to book a quarter-final ticket.
The team will play Plateau United FC on May 28th, in the quarter-finals of the Premier football competition in Nigeria.