By Yinka Owolewa
Akwa United Football Club of Uyo, on Wednesday forced Kwara United FC of Ilorin to a 1-1 draw.
The MatchDay 4 of the 2020/2021 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) encounter was played at the Kwara Stadium Complex, Ilorin.
The first opportunity of the match came to Kwara United in the sixth minute when Kamaldeen Sikiru freed Alao Danbani but he was flagged offside.
Three minutes later, Kwara United had another chance to go in front when Joshua Agboola dribbled his way to the Akwa box but the visitors’ defenders were quick to clear their line.
Akwa United’s Charles Okafor cleared Mohammed Aliyu’s beautiful pass inside the opposition’s box in one of the most dangerous chances in the game.
Michael Ohanu missed one of the finest opportunities of the match when he headed Taiwo Salaudeen’s pass in the 23rd minute.
Three minutes later, Akwa United’s Ikechukwu Nwani benefitted from a misguided pass, but his effort was dealt with by Kwara’s goalkeeper Abdulateef Ishola.
Wilson Elu would have put the visitors ahead in the 31rd minute but he glided his shot from Kwara’s 18 yard box.
Kwara United were lucky not to be behind in the 40th minute when Ndifreke Effiong drew Abdulateef Ishola out of his box but his shot hit the side netting.
Akwa United resumed the 2nd stanza of the match with more fire power, when Ndifreke Effiong in the 52nd minute was presented with a huge opportunity inside the Kwara’s box but his effort hit the side netting once again.
The centre referee had to point for a spot kick in the 59th minute when Akwa United’s captain, Friday Ubong fouled Issa Gata in his own box.
Christopher Nwaeze two minutes later converted the penalty to give Kwara United the lead and turned the ball into his own net seven minutes later to even the scores through a misguided header.
At the end of 90 minutes, the two sides settled with a point apiece.