Kano Pillars have ended their goal drought in the current Nigeria Professional Football League, NPFL, campaign, after striker Nyima Nwagua opened scoring against Akwa Starlets in a rescheduled league fixture on Wednesday, December 4 at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium in Uyo.
Prior to the game, Pillars were the only team to have fired blank in front of goal after five league matches.
According to NPFL Stats, the goal came exactly after 493 minutes in the league – the club’s longest goal drought since the turn of this millennium.
Nwagua finished coolly a lovely counter-attacking move after the far experienced Rabiu Alli had set him up on the path to the vital area in the 27th minute to give the visitors a 1 – 0 lead.
Akwa Starlets were particularly guilty of missing several scoring chances in the first half but could have levelled matters two minutes before halftime when Femi Ajayi failed to direct his header at the target properly, following a fine cross from teammate Adewale Matthias.
Starlets, however, got their equaliser in the 75th minute, as Isaac George was at the right place to make a meal out of an error by Pillars’ goalkeeper Suraj Ayeleso and quickly teed a pass to Moses Effiong to score and tie the game at 1 – 1.
Four minutes later, Kano Pillars were back in the lead again.
Thanks to a brilliant Nyima Nwagua strike from a beautiful solo run in the build-up.
This goal deflated any form of belief for Akwa Starlets to come back into the game again, as it finished 2 – 1 in favour of the Sai Masu Gida side.
It was the first time Starlets lost a game in the current campaign.
Kano Pillars will next be in action on Sunday, December 8 against Delta Force at the Sani Abacha Stadium in Kano, with Akwa Starlets travelling to Umuahia to play Abia Warriors.