For Giwa FC’s stand-in Coach, Aminu Musa, it was two points dropped rather than a point gained. Such was the extent of the dominance of the visiting side but they could only take away a point after drawing 1-1 with their host Crown FC at the Lekan Salami Stadium in Adamasingba, Ibadan.
The match which kicked off under heavy downpour saw a cautious start as both teams sized each other up, Crown got the first chance of the game on the 5th minute through Nnedum Francis who headed Tare Oke’s free kick over.
The away side gradually settled into the game and took the lead on the 12th minute when Madaki Chrisyoung rose highest to head home Gyan Amos Danladi’s cross.
The Ajilete Warriors responded to going behind by making a double substitution as Kamoor Sulaiman and Lekan Agunloye were sent on for Ali Aliu and Ikechukwu Frank.
Giwa continued to dominate possession and could have doubled their lead on the 53rd minute when Shuaibu Ibrahim had two chances within a minute but goalkeeper Ayo kept his side in the game on both occasions.
Crown looked bereft of ideas and they were reduced to speculative shots from distances which were easily dealt with by Ojo Olorunleke in goal for the away side.
The Ajilete Warriors would eventually draw level against the run of play on the 80th minute as Onyekachi Okafor curled in a beautiful free kick from the edge of the area.
Giwa had a great chance to win the tie on the 89th minute, a quick counter led to Shuaibu Ibrahim breaking away from the halfway line, he produced a delightful chip but Crown’s Ayo Segun recovered quickly enough to clear the ball off the line to the agony of the away bench and relief of the home fans.
Speaking to www.lmc-ng.com after the game, Giwa FC’s coach, Musa said it was a good game, “Crown are a good side, the fact that they are battling relegation made the match difficult, we could have won but I’m happy with the point”.