TEAP FC record lone goal victory over Kogi United in NNL encounter

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TEAP football club of Abuja on Saturday in Abuja continued their winning streak at home in the Nigeria National League (NNL) with a lone goal victory over Kogi United FC.

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The match, played at the Old Parade Ground Sport Complex in Abuja, saw TEAP net its goal through Emmanuel Balogun, in the 3rd minute of the game.

The goal was a reprieve for the home side which controlled the major part of the game.

Adekola Ayooluwa, Captain of TEAP, said the team would continue to consolidate on its achievements.

“Like I always say, victory is all we play for in every game and this is a home game; all we needed was the three points and that is what we got.

“You can see the team spirit was very high, though we won by a lone goal but it guaranteed our three points,’’ Ayooluwa said.

Yinka Kelvin, interim Coach of Kogi United, told newsmen that the poor state of the pitch affected his side.

He also blamed his players for losing concentration in the early minutes of the encounter.

“My boys lost concentration in the early minutes of the match and that caused us the match today.

“There was no problem with the formation just that my players were yet to settle down and they were not mentally ready for the game when the goal came.

“They realised their mistake after that goal and they held on until the end of the game. We also lost some scoring chances in the first half.

“If we had converted those goals, we would have been smiling home by now,’’ Kelvin said.

This weekend encounters in the NNL, mark the end of the first phase of the league season which is now in its week 15.

With the loss, Kogi United descend from its fifth place, while TEAP would climb to the 11th position from its earlier 13th position. (NAN)

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