…Beats League Champions In Governor Masari Pre-Season Competition.
Niger Tornadoes Football Club Of Minna puts behind their opening day defeat against host Katsina United to record a remarkable two nil victory over Plateau United.
The opening exchanges of the encounter saw both teams applying caution in their build-ups, playing with cohesion and tactical awareness, an attribute of Bala and Maikaba’s tactical masterpiece.
Tornadoes, however, got on to the lead when Andrew Ikefe was penalized for pulling down Oche Josiah inside the 18yards box in the early minutes of the match as Sani Mohammed Rabiu cleverly converted from spot-kick to put the Ikon Allah Boys on the driver’s seat.
The coal city boys, Plateau United, however, responded with their quick possession-based football, tormenting the Tornadoes defence, in a desperate attempt for an equaliser, but were met with a rock-solid partnership of Solomon Babatunde and Sunday Akinmoladun.
Tornadoes cemented their win when a surging Peter Momoh fires from inside the danger area unexpectedly to give his team a comfortable lead and any attempt thereon by Plateau United to reduce the tally proved abortive.
Speaking during the post-match interview, Coach Abdul Maikaba of Plateau United praises the resilience of his opponent and described the match as a good test for his lad ahead of their continental engagement and the defence of the NPFL title. He said the team is in the tournament to regain full match fitness, after a prolonged coronavirus break that had rendered some of the players match rusty.
Coach Abubakar Bala Mohammed on the other hand expressed delight with the victory after the opening day defeat.
He said, “As you can see, we made quite notable changes from the first match and that was because of the quality of our today’s opponent; a continental team and league champions, definitely it has to be a different approach from the previous 4-3-3 to 4-4-2 formation.
“The essence of the competition is to be able to compete, discover loopholes and make an amendment, while our mandate remains a return back to the elite division.