THE LIONS OF NAIJA END 2019 ON A HIGH.
Matchday 5 in the Nigeria National League (NNL) was a blessing in disguise for table shakers Vandrezzer FC as they earned a hard-fought 2-1 victory over Joy Cometh FC of Lagos.
Daniel Victor recorded the first clear cut chance for the homeboys in the 26th minute when his header was saved by Goalie Alabi Segun. Otanyi Taofeek twice consecutively registered his leadership of the attack line for the visitors as his scary shots at goal were parried by Anderson Okeke and Captain Onyekachi Akakem in defense respectively bringing the game to a barren draw at regulation time.
In a show of athletic youthfulness, the young lads from Lagos pushed their luck further in the second half when Onanuga Olawale scored a 68th-minute equalizer, putting the game at 1-1 after the Lions of Naija recorded the first goal of the game seven minutes earlier with Brazilian Alberico Da Silva coming off the bench to score from the spot. Ekerete Udom thereafter appeared not to have luck on his side missing chances and receiving the much-needed support from the likes of Samson Hussaini and Da Silva.
The reward for Udom’s hard work came as a bang in the 77th minute bringing the scoreline to 2-1. A last-minute effort by Da Silva in the 86th minute via freekick sent fans cheering as the Brazilian’s kick played into the hands of Segun Alabi.
Vandrezzer FC ends the year 2019 in fourth position of Group B1 in the Southern Conference with six points from three games, having two outstanding games to play.
POST MATCH QUOTES
“The opponent is a good side. The first half was difficult and our plan worked well for us in the second half. I believe we will continue this good job to get promotion for the team”. RAFAEL EVERTON (Head Coach, VANDREZZER FC).
“We came into the game fortified. We played a youthful, strong, energetic side but with the experience on our side and playing to the tactics of our coach, we came out victorious” – ONYEKACHI AKAKEM (Vice-Captain, VANDREZZER FC).
“I feel bad. My boys tried all they could but the luck was not on our side today. There’s always another day. I believe when we meet again, the story will not be like this” ALFRED MADAKI (Head Coach, JOY COMETH FC)