ABUJA – Hosts TEAP Football Club of Abuja on Wednesday returned from the 2014 FIFA World Cup break in the Nigeria National League (NNL) to beat city rivals Prisons FC 2-1.
The NNL Group A match was played at the Old Parade Ground Sports Centre.
With both sides giving a good account of themselves, the low turnout of spectators failed to take the shine off the encounter.
TEAP scored their first goal in the game’s 45th minute through team captain Uzozie Ikechukwu.
They went on to control the better part of the encounter and were rewarded for their efforts in the 80th minute when Ndubuisi Ukoha extended their lead.
The hosts scored through a penalty kick, following a rough tackle on Hassan Bala.
Emmanuel Tanko however scored Prisons’ consolation goal to reduce the tally at the nick of regulation time.[eap_ad_2]
Dickson Okoro, the General Manager of TEAP, commended his team’s players for handing him his first win since taking over the management of the team.
“It’s a good victory because this is my first victory since I came to TEAP FC. I wanted to win this match to prove a point that we have a young and vibrant team.
“The arrival of former Flying Eagles Assistant Coach Samuel Abimbola in the team contributed to today’s (Wednesday’s) victory.
“Having trained with the team for only one week shows that the future of the team is bright. This is the best performance the team has displayed since my arrival.
“We are looking forward to a better performance in the concluding part of the season,’’ Okoro said.
Brown Zibiri, the Coach of Prisons, commended the match officials for their control of the game.
Zibiri also commended his players for their performance, but he noted that TEAP FC deserved their victory.
“Sometimes you win and sometimes you lose or draw. We are going back to the drawing board to correct the mistakes noticed in the encounter.
“We noticed some lapses in our defence but it will be corrected before the next game
“I believe the league is still open and anything can happen in the course of the season.
“The officiating was fair. We all know that at times referees make mistakes, but I am satisfied because I played against an Abuja team,’’ he said.
Prisons will host Ranchers Bees FC of Abuja on Sunday, while TEAP FC take on FRSC on Saturday in Keffi, in another derby.(NAN)[eap_ad_3]