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June 13, 2024

NPFL: Respite for Dogo as Kwara Utd beat Pillars in Ilorin

NPFL: Respite for Dogo as Kwara Utd beat Pillars in Ilorin

Coach Kabiru Dogo of Kwara United Football Club of Ilorin has described the 2-0 win over Kano Pillars on Wednesday as a big relief to the team.

The former Nasarawa United gaffer told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) after the game in Ilorin that the team would give its utmost in the remaining match against Lobi Stars and the last match of the season against Heartland FC.

NAN reports that the Matchday 36 encounter of the 2023–2024 Nigeria Premier Football League (NPFL) was played at the Main Bowl of the Kwara State Stadium Complex, Ilorin.

The encounter brought the best out of the home side, which dictated the pace from the blast of the whistle—a performance that underscored the understanding of their position on the table before the match.

A half-volley by Ibrahim Dehinde in the 27th minute, as well as a well-taken penalty kick by defender Ejeh Isaiah in the 58th minute, won the maximum points for Kwara United to finally ease relegation worries.

The early raid on Pillars’ defence almost gave the home team the lead.

Emmanuel Ogbole, Wasiu Alalade, and Dehinde Ibrahim’s build-up play proved too much for Pillars, neutralising the influence of veteran Rabiu Ali in the midfield.

Rabiu Ali, who was later substituted, attracted huge ovations from fans for his tremendous influence on the game.

Also, Alao Mohammad and Issa Gata combined to feed Alalade Wasiu in the 56th minute, but he was fouled by goalkeeper Idris Ibrahim inside Pillar’s box.

Isaiah Ejeh converted the resultant penalty kick for the second goal for the home team.

Even as he frowned at his team’s 2-0 loss to Kwara United, Coach Ahmed Yaro Yaro of Kano Pillars said that though he was disappointed by his team’s 0-2 loss, the focus of the team would shift to the President’s Federation Cup.

NAN recalls that Kano Pillars are presently in the semi-finals and will play Abia Warriors at that stage.

Kwara United, with the win on Wednesday, are currently in the 11th position with 48 points on the league table. (NAN)

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