NPFL: Alao Danbani Strike Settles North Central Derby in Ilorin

February, 28 2022.

Alao Danbani thunderous strike in the first half gave Kwara united a one nil win at home against Niger Tornadoes at the Kwara State Stadium on Matchday 15 of the Nigeria Professional Football League.


Coach Abdullahi Biffo named an unchanged lineup from the 1-0 loss to Sunshine stars in Akure on Matchday 14 while his counterpart, Abubakar Bala ring Five changes with Munir Idris, Peter Momoh, James Jonah, Mohammed Alhassan and Yahaya Adamu all replaced by Jacob John, Usule Martins, Ahamdu Liman, Musa Wakili and Shamsudeen Hashim.


It was Tornadoes who had the first sight on goal when Usule Martins cross cum shot was gathered by Dele Aiyenugba in the eleventh minute before Alao Danbani shot inside the box was beat away by Lucky John.


Moments later, Kwara United took the lead in clinical fashion following exchanges of passes down the right which resulted into a perfect cross by Musa Abdulafeez and latched on by Alao Danbani to send the Harmony Boys ahead.


Tornadoes tried to change things a bit before the end of the first half with Munir Idris replacing Kabir Adeniji but the closest they came was a tame effort by Hashim Shamsudeen while both teams earned a yellow card each for mistimed tackles, Afeez Nosiru for Kwara united and Jacob John for Tornadoes.


On resumption of the second half, Samad Kadiri missed a glorious opportunity to double the host advantage in the opening moments when he diverted Danbani's cross wide from a promising position.


Coach Abubakar Bala side kept things much tighter at the back and surge forward on a couple of occasion with Substitute James Jonah twice testing Aiyenugba but it was the host who had the larger spell of possession and chances following some changes in personnel.


They also had a penalty appeal turned down when Samad's header seems to have been obstructed by Akinmoladun's arm but the centre referee wasn't convinced. Kwara United nearly added a second late on when Substitute Ayobami Junior found himself one on one with Lucky Jimoh but the Tornadoes keeper did brilliantly to avert the danger as the match ended one nil in favour of the host.

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