Katsina, plateau in all zero draw

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By Uchenna Iyoke
Katsina United and Plateau United showed class in the first game of Nigeria Professional Football League Matchday 6, but failed to register a single goal as the tie ended on a stalemate.

The host team returned from back to back losses suffered on the road and we’re in need of a win to salvage to improve their standing on the log by winning the maximum points.

But that would not be the case as Plateau United turned out strong to frustrate their hosts, dragging the much explosive encounter to a barren draw.

Mohammed Zukifilu made the first attempt at goal for Plateau United. with a quick strike saved by Goalkeeper Yusuf Mohammed. Later on the host team launched a flurry of attacks, earning a succession of corners from Faisal Sani and Atule Joseph.

Rasheed Ahmed had his header blocked by Andrew Ikefe, while the other attempt created a goal mouth scramble that was cleared into safety by Plateau defense.

Zukifilu’s 22nd minute strike almost put Plateau United in front but Yusuf Mohammed denied the striker.

Zukifilu had received a through pass from Jesse Akila before chipping the ball. However, Oche Ochowechi, Uche Onwuasoanya were also in several build-up to attacks and had one chance apiece wasted.

Plateau United created more glaring opportunities in the first stanza with Isah Ndala at one point unleashing a bullet of a shot that was firmly saved by Yusuf.

Just before the break, Abubakar Massaly almost broke the deadlock for Katsina United after dribbling past his marker in the vital area but fired wide from a promising position.

Second Half
Prior to the start of the second period, Coach Abdu Maikaba introduced Wasiu Jimoh, Abba Umar for Mohammed Zukifilu and Akila Jesse to strengthen his attack.

Both teams were eager and pacey as they returned, though Katsina United pushed farther through Faisal Sani whose delivery came handy for Rasheed Ahmed. His effort turned out wasteful at the end, blowing the ball wide.

As the match heated up, Coach Sadauki sent on Samuel Kalu, Gambo Mohammed, Sulieman Ibrahim for Rasheed Ahmed, Moustapha Mohammed and Abubakar Massaly.

Their presence increased the attack but had no goal to show as the game ended 0-0 at the Muhammadu Dikko Stadium, Katsina.

Katsina United now has seven points from six games and they will next play former Champions Enyimba in Aba, while Plateau United are on eight points and will host Nasarawa United on Sunday 31 January 2021.

Man Of The Match: Isah Ndala, Plateau United.

Katsina United Team List
Yusuf Mohammed 1 (GK) Sanusi Abdulmutalab 26, Sani Faisal 31, Usman Barau 4, Habib Yakubu 5, Adekunle Adeniyi 15, Atule Joseph 25, Moustapha Mohammed 12, Rasheed Ahmed 20, Nafiu Ibrahim 24, Abubakar Massaly 19.

Subs
Ogar Ajima 33 (GK) Isaac Giwa 23, Souley Muhammadou 6, Abdulkareem Ahmed 10, Samuel Kalu 17, Sulieman Ibrahim 8, Gambo Mohammed 9.

Plateau United Team List
Chinedu Anozie 12 (GK) Mike Zaruma 39, Abubakar Ibrahim 18, Isah Ndala 17, Andrew Ikefe 20, Buhari Ibrahim 15, Uche Onwuasoanya 25, Mohammed Zukifilu 4, Akila Jesse 29, Oche Ochowechi 13, Amos Gyang 11.

Subs
Abubakar Adamu 22 (GK) Golbe Elisha 6, Dennis Nya 2, Charles Henlong 1, Moses Effiong 24, Abba Umar 14, Wasiu Jimoh 5, Innocent Kingsley 26, John Dangha 37.

Venue: Muhammadu Dikko Stadium, Katsina.

Referee: Adebimpe Quadri

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