Makinwa rues ABS poor form, seeks revival

By Kola Daniel

After four games without a win, Abubakar Bukola Saraki (ABS) FC coach Henry Makinwa admitted that the club are riding through rough winds and has promised to work them through the difficulties.

The club's winless streak in four games which began with a 3-0 bashing in Shagamu, a draw at home to Enyimba and another 4-1 mauling in Jos, continued in Ilorin midweek as Gombe United playing with a man less forced them to 1-1 draw at the Ilorin township Stadium.

I think we are passing through difficult time as a team. I felt for the boys because their effort in the match did not reflect the result of the game and that is football for you", agonised Makinwa post match.

With such a result, his first point on the road, Gombe United coach Manu Garba relished the moment declaring, "finally, we got an away point which is good for our confidence.

"I want to thank my boys for putting up a very strong fight against ABS. Even after Austin Oladapo was given a red card in the first half, we were able to curtail all the attacking moves of ABS.

"The boys really made me proud and i salute their defending abilities throughout the duration of the match", Garba told

In the encounter, it was ABS that had the upper hand right from kick-off with a brave and purposeful play that piled pressure on the Gombe United backline within the first 15 minutes and leading to two major errors that could have proved costly.

On the 20th minute, Oyedeji Samuel's ambitious belter went off target to the dismay of the home fans.

On the half hour mark, Gombe United had their first sight at goal and it was a beautiful combination between Austine Oladapo and Manir Ubale that was eventually truncated by a great defending work by Governor Ernest of ABS.

Five minutes to the end of the first half, ABS winger, Chigozirim Metu broke the deadlock for the hosts.

Frustration seemed to have set in when Gombe United lost Austin Oladapo following his expulsion by the Centre Referee, Jonathan Zakaria from Kaduna State. He was booked for second time after having received the first caution.

Right on resumption of the second half the ABS leading goal scorer Mohammed Mohammed came in for Metu but it was Gombe United that came off smiling eight minutes later.

Former Kano Pillars attacking midfielder, Manir Ubale got the equalising goal after he benefited from Abdullahi Boje's error to bring the score line to 1-1 and silence the very noisy home fans in the Stadium.

A criminal miss! Anaekwe's flick to Governor Ernest could have given the hosts the match winner on the 90th minute but the latter failed to direct his effort towards the goal post as the match ended 1-1.

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