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.