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Kogi United Bows Out Of Super 8 with 2-1 Victory Over Real Stars

Kogi United ended their Nigeria National League, NNL Super 8 campaign with a 2-1 victory over Real Stars FC from Kaduna on Wednesday in Aba.

John Jerome and Ibrahim Enesi scored in each halves for United before Ansaru Abubakar got a consolation for his side five minutes before full time.

The result couldn’t secure a promotion to the Nigeria Professional Football League, NPFL for Kogi United who garnered four points after Kada City and Gombe united played out a goalless draw in the final group game to end as joint top teams in the Northern Conference.

The match decided at the Enyimba International Stadium, Aba saw Kogi United in early dominance and rewarded with a goal in the 16th minute when Ibrahim Enesi sent a good pass to Idris Muye who outpaced his marker to before delivering a cutback pass to Jerome who smashed into the empty net.

Real Stars bettered United in the early minutes of the second half but were denied to get an equaliser by Shola Sheshere who stood firm between the sticks for Kogi United.

The young Kaduna based side had themselves to blame in the 62nd minute when they were caught napping at the back and allowed Jerome plenty of space on the right flank.

The first goal scorer turned provider for United’s second goal as his low cross was tucked in by Enesi to double United’s lead.

The goal appeared to have raised the morale of the Lokoja based club but couldn’t find the cutting edge in the final third.

With ten minutes to end the game, Real Stars pushed had for a comeback. Buhari Sanni hit the upright after Sheshere was beaten but would later provide the consolatory goal for Real which Abubakar calmly buried.

United finished third in the Northern Conference group with four points while Real Stars could only account for one.

Both Kada City and Gombe United topped the group thereby picking the available tickets to the apex league in Nigeria.

Abdulrahman Expects Positive NNL Restart For Kogi United

The business end of 2016/2017 Bet9ja Nigeria National League, NNL, gets underway today across the country with interesting fixtures in both Northern and Southern conferences.

FC Taraba hosting Kogi United at the Jolly Nyame Stadium, Jalingo is one of the fixtures expected to get soccer pundits talking with its outcome in the Northern Conference.

Kogi United will look to continue with their impressive performance with a victory against FC Taraba which would further put them in good stead to fight for one of the slots for promotion to the NPFL.

United are on a four game unbeaten streak in the last stages of first round of the NNL.

The Lokoja based side wrapped-up the first stanza of their campaign with a 1-0 home win over their tomorrow’s hosts.

The boys of Coach Tunde Abdulrahman will also be ready to compound FC Taraba’s woes with a victory to push them further down to relegation zone.

The Jalingo based club have had a dismal start to the season losing two home games and drawn one in the first round, a results they will not want to repeat in front of their home fans on Wednesday.

But Coach Abdulrahman- who guided FC Taraba to the apex league in 2013 – has expressed optimism that his players would give it all to get the needed result.

He noted that understanding his opponent’s tactics and environment could be added advantage for Kogi United to have a good outing in Jalingo just as he charged the Confluence State club to live up to their performance in the build up to the match.

“We are ready, mentally and physically for the second round and we want to start positively from the Taraba match,” Abdulrahman begins.

“I’m expecting a good match, we are not going to underestimate them (FC Taraba) despite their internal challenges, clubs in their condition are always dangerous to play, but I’m positive of a good result.

“Well, I think that (understanding the team and town) will count for us if at all it will, but we are focused on getting our game and tactics right, we pray for luck and I expect a good game from my players if at all they could replicate what they’ve been doing in training in the game,” he told the club’s official website, kogiunitedfc.com.

The match is expected to kickoff by 4pm at the Jolly Nyame Stadium, Jalingo today.

Kogi United Will Give It All Against Yobe Desert Stars – Bolaji

Kogi United’s combative midfielder, Micheal Bolaji has called for focus from his team mates as they face Yobe Desert Stars in a Matchday 6 clash of Nigeria National League, NNL on Saturday.

The match billed for the August 27 Stadium, Damaturu will be United’s second consecutive league game on the road after their 0-1 defeat against Kaduna United last Sunday.

The Confluence state club would hope to raise their game on Saturday to make a serious statement in the challenge for honours in the ongoing season.

Bolaji who was disappointed with last weekend’s result has however called for renewed determination against a resurgent Yobe Desert Stars who have lost only once in five league games.

“We have a great opportunity tomorrow to show a reaction,” he said.

“It’s painful we lost the last game (against Kaduna United) but we need to forget that and forge ahead, we are here now and we need to show that we’ve corrected our mistakes from the last game.

Kogi United’s Micheal Bolaji

“We know and believe in our confidence, we are a team with very talented players, we know it’s going to be tough but we are ready to give it our all”.

“Yobe Stars have been impressive this season and their results have been surprising but that’s how the game is, a club can spring up and get a good run, it’s working for them now but we will work to put a halt to that here and use it to begin our own good run,” said the combative midfielder.

Kogi United Donates To Orphanage

As part of plans to get their upcoming season started on a positive notes, players and officials of Kogi United paid a visit to Margaret Garba Ohiani Orphanage Home, Lokoja with donations of Food items, toiletries, footballs and cash

The visitation on Thursday led by the Team Manager of the Confluence state club, Ameh Henry and the club captain, Ismail Mayaki was aimed at providing for the orphans just as to support the private home for the needy.

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Henry noted that identifying with place was to reflect on how lucky the members were to reach their present position and to surge ahead with a renewed commitment and dedication in the coming season.

Director of the Less Privileged home, Rev. Sunday Olootu who appreciated the entire team for the visit prayed God to help Kogi United fulfill their targets in the season.

Rev Olootu said “this type of work you do, one person cannot carry it, you need unity, love and common purpose, this is very important to achieve success, we have to take ourselves as one and know that we need to help one another.

“A building with a good foundation will stand, and any individual that remembers God through this means will surely do well and i pray God will lift the players and the entire team to higher places,” he said.

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Prayers were offered by both Kogi United officials and players as well as the head of the orphanage home.

Kogi United will campaign in the Nigeria National League, NNL Season fixed for 24th of February 2017.

NNL Match Day 10: Kogi United Crash Mighty Jets in Lokoja

Kogi United bounced back to winning moment with a 2-0 victory over Mighty Jets of Jos in the Week 10 encounter of Nigeria National League, NNL on Saturday.

John Jerome scored both goals for United in each half of a near perfect performance for the hosts.

Played behind closed doors as directed by the league body as a result of reported after-match crisis during Kogi United’s last home game against Jigawa Golden Stars, but United couldn’t make the absence of their fans felt as they put up a good show.

NNL Match Day 10: Kogi United Crashes Mighty Jets in Lokoja

United started the game with a zeal to kill the game early as Ashadi Destiny capitalized on a loose ball inside Jets’ box and dribbled past his marker but keeper Rotdawe Gobum was on hand to make a one hand safe.

Garba Yushau blasted wide a half chance for Jets off a good build up moments later. Old horse Ado Ali made a good clearance for Jets when Okwa Nelson was laid through by Pedro in 22 minutes.

And United finally got their chance right in the 25th minute when John Jerome got a good pass from Sanusi Pedro. He muscled his way into the box before sending Gobum the wrong way.

The Confluence Boys almost double the lead two minutes after the lead when Jerome combined well with Micheal Bolaji but the latter’s goal bound target was blocked by Jacob Obinna.

The hosts started the second half of the game the way they ended the first with good attacking threat.

The boys of Coach Ishaya Jatau missed two quick chances to bury the game. Jerome was gifted with a fine pass from Destiny but aimed straight at Gobum. Then it was Nelson with another chance to score for United and his intended volley fell to Gobum.

The game became a box-to-box affair as both sides exchanged possessions but it was United who killed the game in the added time.

Kogi United Head Coach, Ishaya Jatau who expressed delight at his side’s victory over his former club, Jatau commended his players for their determination.

He added that the victory would restore the club’s confidence as they seek to end the season on a high.

“I’m excited about this game, it’s a good response from the boys, I always knew we would get better soon, I thank my players for their dedication and zeal, I’m confident we would end the season well, we just need remain focused and pray for luck,” Jatau said.

His counterpart from Mighty Jets, Baldwin Bazuaye admitted that United were the better side adding that Jets’ plan was neutralized by a determined United side.

Kogi United have got 12 points from 10 games and would next hosts Sokoto United in Lokoja.

NNL: Jatau Bemoans Kogi United Defeat to Shekarau Babes

Head Coach of Kogi United, Ishaya Jatau has expressed disappointment at his side’s 0-2 loss to Shekarau Babes in their Matchday Nine of Nigeria National League, NNL, encounter played on Saturday.

A goal each from Abubakar Jados and Abdulrahman Mohammed proved decisive for the Kano based club as they saw off a challenge from United.

Jados headed in a cross from Ibrahim Musa with just eight minute into the game to put the Babes in front.

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Shekarau Babes vs Kogi United

United would later fail to convert their scoring chances with Musa Jatau who first had his goal bound shot blocked.

Samson Pius, also after had his shot parried for a corner kick with a one hand safe from goalkeeper Clement Anthony.

The second half was almost similar to that of first with United let slip a run from Shekarau Babes while waiting for the centre referee Sanusi Mohammed to signal for a foul after Sanusi Pedro was pushed.

Abdulrahman Mohammed would later smash in the final kick that beat United keeper, Ogundare Detan to double the lead for the home side.

Ishaya Jatau who admitted that the game was one of his side’s below par performance noted that Kogi United were unfortunate not to convert their chances.

He said the team would however concentrate on their next double home games with the a fresh positive approach and the belief of ending the season well.

“Its a bad day for us today, this isn’t what we bargained for, the boys couldn’t get their rhythm especially in the formative stages of the halves, but its one of those days where you would push hard but couldn’t reach the target,” begin Jatau.

“We were also unfortunate with our missed chances, its difficult to get a good result when you fail to make such opportunities count and those we conceded were too cheap for our standard.

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Kogi United

“That’s has to be put aside quickly and we must focus on our next games which are very important and must be won, I’m confident and believe we will finish the season well,” the former Inwanyanwu Nationale striker said.

Kogi United are still on Nine points and would have a chance to moving up the league table with double home games, first with hosting of Mighty Jets next Saturday in Lokoja and Sokoto United a week later.

NNL: Jigawa Golden Stars 1-1 Kogi United

Substitute David Ozoemena scored Kogi United’s first away goal of the Nigeria National League, NNL season in their 1-1 Week Seven encounter against Jigawa Golden Stars on Saturday.

The pressure soaked match played at the Hadejia Township Stadium saw the Confluence Boys throw away chances which could have got them the lead.

Feeder team graduate, Enesi Sanni Ibrahim who was handed his debut start for United had a chance to give his side a 17th minute lead but his shot went off target after being gifted with a good pass from John Jerome.

It was Ibrahim again who headed wide a through pass from Mayaki Ismail at the half hour mark.

Jigawa Golden Stars’ first real attempt was a volley from Lucky Vandi that went over United’s crossbar.

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United’s Samson Pius was tripped at the edge of Jigawa’s box by Adamu Adam when released to take a shot but referee Ahmed Malik from Kaduna waived a foul for the visitors. That resulted into Pius’ removal for eventual goal scorer for Kogi United, David Ozoemena before the half time.

The boys of coach Ishaya Jatau resumed the second half with the same spirit which saw them display soccer artistry with perfect defending.

Kofi United continued to pile pressure on their hosts until it later paid off in the 56th minutes when Iwuji Emeka Kingsley laid a good pass to Ozoemena down the left, the left-winger took a sole run into the box before beating keeper Emma James to earn United their first away goal in two seasons.

Tension began to grow more on Kogi United after taking the lead but were up to the task with a near perfect defending.

The home fans disrupted the game for about seven minutes as the ref had to halt the game for normalcy to return soon after.

The last ten minutes of the game was full of pressure on United as they had to deal with long balls into their goal area.

After a second pause of the game due to unrest from home fans, Jigawa won a corner which was taken by Lucky Vandi. Joseph Jatau was tripped when trying to make a punch but the ref awarded a foul against him and allowed Ibrahim Umar to smashed in a rebound shot from Idris Sanni Aloma’s clearance.

Coach Ishaya Jatau of Kogi United, who would have been happier with the whole points for his side expressed satisfaction with the result adding that it’s a big relief for the Confluence Boys after their last week home loss to Katsina United.

He said United would use their mid season break to make the needed adjustment to do better in the second stanza of the season.

“Well I’m satisfied with this result but I would have been the most happiest person on earth had the game ended in a win for us,” began the former Inwanyanwu Nationale striker.

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Kogi United

“We are on with our first round performance, even though this isn’t where we would love to be, the break will be good for us to adjust as make some corrections before we resume again, I still have confidence and belief in my players and we believe God will crown our hard work with happy ending season,” he said.

Coach of Jigawa Stars, Yunus Elshama who commended Kogi United for their fighting spirit said his side was ok with a point from the game just as he said all hope isn’t lost for Stars.

Kogi United have however garnered eight points from seven games and will resume the second of the NNL with a home game against Jigawa Golden Stars.