The Changi Boys’ have finally broke the jinx of 53 away games without a win following a famous victory recorded in Akure after defeating Sunshine Stars 2 – 1 in their back-yard in one of the NPFL matchday 25 fixtures decided at the Ondo State Sports Complex Stadium in Akure.
Goals from Suleman Ibrahim and flying winger Joseph Atule earned Katsina United who have struggled away from home since they gained promotion to the Nigeria Elite League four years ago their first ever away win
On the back of this famous victory, Katsina United ended the abysmal record of 53 away Nigeria Professional Football League games without a win.
‘The Changi Boys’ have moved to 10th on the league table with 34 points amassed from 24 games, while Sunshine Stars are now 9th on the table with 34 points picked from 25 games.
Coach Henry Makinwa Boys will travel back home to host Adamawa United in their next league game, while Sunshine Stars will be guests to Akwa United in Uyo.
However, reporting reaching us has it that LMC have suspended the NPFL until further notice to contain the spread of Covid-19.
The game started on a bright note with both teams displaying good football artistry and at the same time playing with caution in order to avoid unnecessary mistakes.
It was the hosts that drew the first blood on three minutes as Fuad Ekelojuoti’s close range effort was parried to safety at full stretch by Kassaly Daouda to keep Katsina United in the game.
As the game progressed, Katsina United were very solid at the back, repelling every attacking moves thrown at them by Sunshine Stars and catching the hosts on fast counterattacks.
The hosts would have gone in front but thanks to Katsina United goalie Daouda Kassaly who stood firm to keep his side in the game.
‘The Chanji Boys’ would then break the deadlock on 37 minutes with a fabulous header by Suleman Ibrahim off a sumptuous cross by Faisal Sani to give Katsina United an important lead.
Sunshine Stars poured forward after the goal as they continued to search for the equalizer and could have restored parity via a glancing header by Tope Akande which was tremendously parried to corner by Daouda Kassaly once again in the dying minutes of the first half.
On resumption, coach Kabiru Dogo of Sunshine Stars introduced some fresh legs to beef up his squad and substitute Oguniyi almost made his inclusion count after five minutes as his close range drive came off the upright.
The hosts continued to dominate possession, controlling the pace of the game and building from the middle of the park but nothing to show for their dominance as Katsina United defense lead by Adekunle Adeniyi and Ikechukwu Nwachukwu stood their ground to thwart their effort.
Katsina United flying winger would then add salt to the wound of the hosts as he he found the back of the net from close range after been played through on goal by substitute Abdullahi Abubakar to double ‘The Changi Boys’ goals advantage on 67th minute.
The hosts continued their dominance after the second goal building from defense and creating countless of scoring opportunities but Katsina United defense proved to be a hard-nut to break.
The Akure Landlords eventually pulled one past Kassaly Daouda on 73 minutes via a sublime volley by substitute Silas Nwakwo to reduce the deficit as the game grew in momentum.
Sunshine Stars poked and knocked but the resolute defense of Katsina United stood their ground to hold on to their slender lead as the game ended 2 – 1 in favour of Katsina United.
Suleman Ibrahim who scored the first goal of the game was adjudged the beat player of the match by the pressmen that covered the game.