One goal each from Chinedu Ohanachom and Silas Nwankwo in the 51st and 58th minutes respectively in the second half were all Nasarawa United needed to beat neighbouring Plateau United in the Nigeria Professional Football League matchday 27 clash at the Lafia City Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
After the fierce North Central derby ended goalless in the first half, the Solid Miners began their revenge mission over the Jos-based side after losing the reversed fixture 0-1 in Jos.
Right full-back, Chigozie Obasi, drove in a diagonal cross that was nodded down by Aliyu Abdullahi toward the position of Chinedu Ohanachom, and the menacing striker reacted fastest to power it in with a diving header from close range to put the home side in front, his fifth goal of the season.
Seven minutes later, substitute, Haggai Katoh delivered a dangerous cross inside the Plateau United area, with Aliyu Abdullahi again rising highest to nod down for Chinedu Ohanachom, whose last header was handled by Buhari Ibrahim for a penalty.
In-form striker, Silas Nwankwo, stepped up to convert the eventual spot kick, sending the goalkeeper, Adamu Abubakar, the wrong way, his 11th goal of the current campaign and first penalty goal of the season.
2-0 the game ended in favour of the Solid Miners, as Chinedu Ohanachom was voted Man-of-the-Match for his spectacular showing.
The result brings the point gap between Nasarawa United and table-topping Akwa United(50pts) to two after the Uyo-based team forced Kano Pillars to a goalless stalemate in Kaduna, with Kano Pillars placing 2nd on the league table with 49 points, one ahead of Nasarawa United, and one below Akwa United.
Enyimba FC of Aba will host Nasarawa United in the next fixture in Aba, Abia State, on Sunday, 20th June, 2021, before the Solid Miners will return to take on visiting Rivers United on Sunday, 27th June, in Lafia in the NPFL matchday 29 tie.
*POST- MATCH REACTIONS*:
*Coach Bala Nikyu (NAS)*: “It’s a beautiful match. The league is getting to an end and if you want to belong, you must play well.
“So, at least, we tried as much as possible to see that we play well and wait for the results to come.
“For Chinedu Ohanachom winning the man-of-the-match, it’s a good thing.
“Most of the matches we have played, such award had been won by my players, and this is a clear indication that the boys are doing well.”
*Coach Abdul Maikaba (PLA)*:
“The two teams played very well, but I congratulate Nasarawa United for getting the three points at stake.
“We tried our best, most especially in the first half, but I believe the weather run my boys down.
“Nasarawa United scored the first goal against the run of play, and the second one through a penalty.
“All the same, we congratulate them and wish them the best, while on our side, we will keep pushing to see whether we can be in top four or top five at the end of the campaign.”
*Chinedu Ohanachom (NAS/MVP Winner)*:
“I feel so excited, so happy winning the award and scoring against my former team.
“It’s been long I scored for my team, and I hope this opens more floodgates of goals for me before the end of the Season.
“The spirit in the camp is high and very strong. As teammates, we work for one purpose, and I am happy our bond is yielding good fruits.”
Yellow Card (🟨):
Ibrahim Buhari (PLA)41′
Muhammad Zilkifilu (PLA) 65′
*NASARAWA UNITED LINE-UP vs. PLATEAU UNITED*:Galadima Mohammed(Gk),Chigozie Obasi, Emeka Onyema, Tebo Franklin, Sinbad Peter, Aliyu Abdullahi(Joshua Obaje 84′), Victor Okoro, Dauda Maigishiri(Haggai Katoh 47′), Bashiru Usman(Michael Tochukwu 47′), Chinedu Ohanachom,Silas Nwankwo(Adamu Hassan 84′).
*SUBS*: Danlami Umar(Gk), Abubakar Abdullahi, Martins Owolijah, Ini Edem, Austin Chigozie