Good morning Everyone, our hopes of any kind of point in Makurdi fell apart yet again and it was our former player, David Tyavkase who dug the knife at the death. His strike from the edge of the area took a deflection and flew past a grossly overworked Theophilus Afelokhai. 2-1 it ended and we return empty handed.
The lineup was pleasing to the eye with what looked a 4-1-2-3 or 4-3-3 depending on how you look at it, Stanley Dimgba and Chinedu Ohanachom were out of either side of Ismaila Gata. Ibenegbu and Oladapo sat just infront of Kelly Kester and on paper it did look like we were not looking to surrender the ball or the initiative.
Lobi had the better early chances and in the opening moments Kingsley Eduwo probably should have had them 2 goals up before we took the lead. Those assigned to provide live updates refused to disclose how we earned a penalty, but did tell us Gata made no mistakes form the spot to put us ahead.
But the joy was short lived as we were immediately reduced to ten men shortly afterwards. Kelly Kester received two yellows in quick succession and was sent to an early bath by the referee. A goal up, a man down and more than an hour left on the clock, you can excuse those of us with deflated hopes.
Lobi came out better in the second half knowing that key for them was getting that early equalizer. For us, we knew we needed to keep things tight at the back and hope we kept Lobi at arms length. Alas we couldn’t and somehow they got a penalty of their own. Okpotu restored parity.
It was then a question of when or if our guys can do the unimaginable- who hold out the forays and forays of attack in a now very hostile and animated ground. Okpako had long come on for Oladapo and Gata with replaced with Adebogun. We did our best to repel the kitchen sink thrown at us including blocking an indirect Freekick in our area after an official said Afelokhai couldn’t see his lines properly.
Finally with 3 minutes to the end of the game. Tyavkase did eventually beat Theo. It did look like we were onroute to our next away point but it wasn’t to be. I think the lads can hold their head up high on such a gallant display. Such can be the foundation of future performances.
On disciplinary issues, I think this is our second or third sending off this season. Would a defeat have been avoided had we been 11 and not 10 men? It’s difficult to say, but now we are aware careless and reckless performances can put the team in more trouble than it bargained for. We bundle this result and tuck it away and look forward to Wednesday when we should return to winning ways.