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ABS Players and Club Officials celebrates their Victory
Abubakar Bukola Saraki (ABS) Ilorin FC, boosted its hope of survival with a 2-0 victory over league leader Plateau United FC of Jos on Sunday in Ilorin. 

The match day 35 2016/2017 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) encounter was played at the Kwara Stadium Complex. 

Ogene Elijah crashed into ABS striker Wasiu Alalade, inside his own box to give the Saraki Boys the advantage and referee wasted no time in pointing to the spot kick. 

Samuel Oyedeji stepped forward to send John Ga'adi in goal for Plateau United to a wrong side to score his third in four games in all competitions. 

The Saraki Boys dominated most of the proceedings in the first half and were always dangerous moving forward. 

Alalade and Adeshina Gata were the most dangerous ABS players in their attack and they remained a nightmare to the visitors for as long as they lasted on the pitch. 

ABS should have doubled the lead when Adeoti sent a long pass behind the Plateau defense which found Oyedeji but no one to connect his cross inside the opposition's box. 

ABS restarted the game just from where they ended the first half but were comfortable dealing with Daniel Itodo's long throw-in. 

Alalade after several attempts scored his third goal in four games and his fifth of the season in all competitions. 




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ABS Players pose for a picture
Akinbo Oluwasegun had flipped the ball behind the Plateau defense with his head before Alalade raced ahead of the Peace Boys defenders to connect the ball and fired from just on the edge of the 18 yard box. 

ABS will have Boje to thank as he was outstanding throughout the duration of the game to get his fifth consecutive cleansheets. 

Speaking after the game, ABS FC Coach, Henry Makinwa, said his boys told him they are going for a revenge for 4-1 bashing in Jos and that they will give their all. 

"The boys won the game, I was going to talk in the pre-match, they said don't talk, we will win the game. "Till the last game, we are going to be there, fighting for everything. "We work everyday to win all the games if it was possible" Makinwa said. 

The former Rayo Vallecano of Spain attacker, said his opponent deserved to be in their present position because they are technically sound. His Plateau counterpart, Kennedy Boboye, said the better side of the day won the game. 

"The two sides played a beautiful game but the better side won. "My boys gave their best, you have to be in a good shape to play in Plateau United" Boboye said. The Saraki Boys will now travel to Gombe United for match day 36.

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