Zuladaini Lawal stars as Malumfashi FC secured a battling 0-0 draw with Kogi United at the Confluence Stadium on matchday 2.
The Masari Boys made a lively start to Saturday’s game and were up to a scoring chance within ten minutes, thanks to Isaac Terengwa who smashes a long strike close range from a beautifully-worked out Abba Dali’s ball.
After that, goalkeeper Zuladaini Lawal and his defence stood firm to thwart the hosts’ periodic advances, nevertheless, the resistance has yet to break in the 20′ as Omooloyi Opayemi break from the left flank after getting close to the opponent’s goalpost which goes wide few inches.
The Rabiu Tata’s boys were in the mood afterwards and could have taken the lead at the stroke of halftime, but Chukwuma’s longe range shoot off a pass from Benedict Dennis couldn’t beat Mudasir Nurudeen.
Then, Attacker, Owojagwu went so close with a sitter just after the restart while Zuladaini with a saves one one one to rescue his side despite the rebound.
The hosts for a moment thought they had made up for an earlier miss after their Attacker from Alfa Salihu’s long ball in the 73′, however, he was stunned to see the goal ruled out for alleged offside.
Kogi United scored in the 90+2′ from a corner, the referee is alerted for a push on Malumfashi FC goalkeeper Zuladaini Lawal who blows for a foul against the Host.
In the end, neither side could grab a winner as the contest ended in a stalemate. Malumfashi FC will stay BYE next week as they wait matchday 4 encounter next month against NAF fc as they seek to continue with a good result from the away draw to Kogi United.
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Tata commented after the game saying “we could have won.”
“We came here believing we could win like we did at our home and you can see we already got one out of three points. Our tactical plans really work and I give it to the boys for playing to instructions.
Malumfashi XI | Zuladaini; Raji (Jamil 65′), Saifullahi (C), Isa, Abdullahi; Benedict, Okafor (Mansir 65′), Abubakar (Badamasi 60′), Isaac; Abba (Mubarak 77′), Chukwuma
Unused Subs | Oche; Nazifi, Salisu, Nazifi M, Isma’il
Caution | Saifullahi 26′ Benedict 56′ Abba 72′ Chukwuma 74′