Abia Warriors suffered its first defeat after 8games as the team lost in an 8goals thriller in one of the Match-day 18 fixture in the Nigeria Professional Football League against Nasarawa United.
The disappointing result against the ‘Solid Miners’ will the sixth lose that Abia Warriors has recorded in the Nigeria Professional Football League this season. After eighteen games the Umuahia based outfit currently occupies the 11 position on the log with 24points, a point above their Oriental brothers, Heartland FC.
Gangling striker,Godwin Obaje drew the first blood, the striker was adjudged to have been in an offside position thus the goal was ruled off. the home team finally opened the flood gate of goals at the 11min and it was striker, Ikenna Offor who shot his side into an early lead.
Suprisingly, former league highest goalscorer, Godwin Obaje, had his effort disallowed for the second time, a decision of the Referrer that left the limited number of spectators at the stadium in awe.
The hard fighting Abia warriors side finally got a reward for their persistent attack on the home team as Fatai Abdullahi calmly restored parity from the spot as Chimezie Augustine was tripped inside the 18yard box by the home team defender. It rained lots of goals afterwards as the highly entertaining game prodced a total of 8goals in the end, a scoreline which handed the home team maximum point
Speaking shortly after the game, Abia warriors and former Super Eagles gaffer, Imama Amapakabo said….“An exciting game no doubts, is not everyday you get to see scorelines like this and i think is a big plus for the league”
“Nasarawa United is a good attacking team, they did very well in attack today and we were punished for some moments regardless there were some calls that weren’t meant to be but we saw it stand.
“The league is still on and we have about 20-21games to be played, am happy my team has reached a certain level, arguably, we are the team that has scored the highest number of goals away from home.We will keep searching” said Coach Imama Amapakabo.
The next game for Abia Warriors will be at home against Plateau United at the weekend. The last time the two sides played in the league, Abia warriors defeated the Jos based outfit by a 3-0 scoreline.