NNL23: Maduka Strikes As Abia Comets Sinks 1472 FC For First Win of 2024

Second half substitute, Emeka Maduka made the difference, after scoring in the final nine minutes for Abia Comets in their win against Lagos based club, 1472 FC 1-0, to secure their first win of the 2024.

The encounter, which is a Matchday 7 fixture in the Nigeria National League (NNL) Southern Conference Group A, took place at the Umuahia Township Stadium, on Saturday, as Comets recorded back-to-back victories for the first time this season.

Four changes were made from the Comets Team that started in the Matchday 6 away 3-2 victory at Abeokuta Stormers; with the inclusion of Akpan Mfreke, Ebuka Lazarus, Hyacinth Olieh and Chinatu Eluwa back into the starting XI.

The hosts started the game on a bright note with most of the ball possession in the first 20 minutes of the encounter. They created lot’s of goals scoring opportunities via Uche Okoro and Oscar Nwaimo, who had a man of the match performance that saw their long range efforts saved by the goalkeeper.

However, Hyacinth Olieh got a great opportunity to give Abia Comets the lead from the spot kick, in the 30th minute, but it wasn’t the case, as the ball went over the crossbar as both sides ended the first half of the encounter goalless.

In the second half, the hosts made couple of substitutions to put more force to the team with the introductions of Maduka, Ikenna Ogu, Okere Daniel and Iroakazi Ifeanyi.

Nevertheless, the match winner came through when Benjamin IIuyomade produced a moment of brilliance, when he found Maduka inside the box of 1472 FC, before the impressive winger calmly slotted home in the 81st minute, to help the Okechukwu Ejeh side secure all maximum points.

It was Comets first victory of the year (2024).

The win ensures Abia Comets move further on the Southern Conference Group A Log on Nine (9) points from seven games.

Next for the coach Ejeh led side will be on the road, against Smart City FC, in a Matchday 8 encounter, next week Friday, at the Mobolaji Johnson Arena, Lagos.

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