Eagles Disunite Plateau In Abuja

Plateau United of Jos boys ended their weekend a disunited team despite putting up a sterling display against the Super Eagles in a friendly match at the Mainbowl of the Abuja National Stadium.
Ejike Uzoenyi and Mfom Udoh scored a goal each in both halves, as
Plateau lost the match 0-2 to a more matured national team in a game played as a tune up for the 2014 African Nations Championship, CHAN slated for South Africa.
The entertaining game kicked off at exactly 7:45am on Saturday, with referees Peter Shingi, Adepoju Idowu and Boulus Ajiji in charge, while the national team paraded some of the probables such as Skipper Chigozie Agbim, Ebenezer Odunlami, Azubuike Egwuekwe, Yinka Adedeji and Solomon Kwambe in the defence. Douglas Achive, Sunday Mba, Okechukwu ‘Small’ Azubuike and Ejike Uzoenyi played in the midfield, while Barnabas Imenger and power-playing Abubakar Aliu featured upfront.
Abubakar was to force two excellent saves from the Plateau goalkeeper in the first 10 minutes of the game, and also attempted a strike from the resultant corner-kick but it went wide.
In the 25th minute, overlapping full back, Kwambe did a splendid interchange of passes with Douglas and the loose shot fell to Uzoenyi, who cunningly slotted in the opener with his nimble left.
Despite forcing Eagles goalkeeper, Agbim to make an excellent save almost on the dot of the first half, the Eagles proved the better side and should have scored more but they failed to convert their chances.
In the second half, Coach Stephen Keshi changed 10 players and left only Odunlami, as Golden Eaglets goalkeeper, Dele Alampasu, came in for Agbim. Alampasu was again at his commanding best, making a face-to-face save with a rampaging Plateau attacker in the 70th minute.
As the coaching crew and few fans who were at the venue to watch the game seem to have settled for a 1-0 win, Enyimba’s Mfom Udoh popped up to slide home the second goal after Gbolahan ‘s solo run into Plateau’s defence.
Plateau Coach, Christopher Danjuma, was impressed by the display of the national team and was also satisfied with the display of his players in the encounter.
Coach Keshi compared the encounter with the last friendly match against Niger Tornadoes, saying his players have shown tremendous improvement. But he was not too happy that the Nigerian league is not in session as the players in camp are lethargic due to lack of league action.
Among those who watched the game were Special Assistant to the Sports Minister and former African tracks Queen, Mary Onyali-Omagbemi, NFF Director of Technical, Dr Emmanuel Ikpeme and former Super Eagles Coach and now Chairman of the Plateau United Management Committee, Bitrus Bewarang.


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