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BY: OLATOYE OLAWALE 


A rejuvenated Nasarawa United, at the Lafia City Stadium, pummeled helpless FC Ifeanyi Ubah 3-0 as the Nigeria Professional Football League entered into matchday twelve across the country.

In-form wizkid, Ikenna Ofor, started the victory march for the Solid Miners after he was put through by Adamu Hassan in the 10th minute as he volleyed past the visitors' goalkeeper, Sharp Uzoigwe.


Adamu Hassan's goal in the 25th minute was disallowed by the linesman as he was adjudged to be in offside position, as United went into the break leading 1- nil.

Nasarawa United, enjoying more ball possession, needed to reload their efforts, going forward again in the second half.

Having being provider for the first goal, Adamu Hassan then also slotted from a close range as he was put through on goal by returning left fullback, Reuben Nicodemus, from a slightly wide angle in the 58th minute.


The visitors didn't make it an easy task for the home side as Ekene Awazie found his way through inside the box, but for the brilliance of goalkeeper, Danlami Umar.

But the Solid Miners were not done just yet, Adamu Hassan scored United's third goal of the evening after substitute, Anas Yusuf headed down to his position as he volleyed a fierce thunderbolt that beat everyone else, the forth goal this season for the former Kano Pillars' attacking sensation as he was voted man of the match.

Ifeanyi Ubah, with the last kick of a dying horse breached the hosts' defence in the dying stages, but Emeka Onyema stood firmly to prevent any consolation.

Despite the nervous moments at either end in the closing stages, three goals and three points it ended in United's favour as they move up to 4th position on the league table with 20 points.

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Coach Bala Nikyu was a happy man after his boys get back to winning ways, they are the first team to go six games unbeaten this season and he thumbs up his lads performance and what they should expect in their next game; " We lost in Jigawa, but we won here. The game is revolving.

" But if you have a target, you think of how to win, and this winning has to be more than your losing so that you get what you want.

" Our target is to remain on the top because once the league enters week twenty or thereabout, everybody will be on fire.


" Adamu Hassan is an experienced player, even though he might not have the energy to play full time, but he has what it takes to do what is required of him.

" Against MFM coming Sunday, it's bargain after ninety minute. And we are rearing to go, and whatever may be the outcome, we shall accept it."


FC Ifeanyi Ubah Coach Uche Okagbue revealed that his lads not at their best performance; He Stated, " We had a very bad game today, but football can be like that, at times. Today wasn't my wards' day at all."

Adamu Hassan won the MVP Award after scoring a brace and he expressed joy and promise to score more goals; In his words, 
" I feel very happy scoring a brace today.


" My work on the field is to score goals and that was why the club bought me. Everyday, I pray to God to help me score, and I am happy that I am scoring, it doesn't matter how long I stay in the field.

" As for the MVP award, I am so grateful that I won it. It's a team effort and I thank my teammates for making this come real."

NASARAWA UNITED LINE-UP: Danlami Umar, Abubakar Abdullahi(Ibrahim Matthew 74'), Reuben Nicodemus (Ebuka Anaekwe 86'), Tebo Franklin, Emeka Onyema, Victor Okoro, Ikenna Ofor, Haggai Katoh(Dauda Maigishiri 75'), Silas Nwankwo(Anas Yusuf 75'), Adamu Hassan (Aliyu Abdullahi 86'), Chinedu Ohanachom.

*UNUSED SUBSTITUTES*:

Ameh Godwin, Manga Mohammed, King Osanga, Edward Okhoya.

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