League leaders Nasarawa United did their best on Sunday to prevent Kano Pillars from claiming the three points on offer, as Adamu Hassan’s goal in the 82nd minute nullified Nyima Nwagua’s strike in the 46th minute.
It was one of Matchday 3 of the Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL) played between the two teams in Lafia on Sunday.
Nyima had replaced Ebuka David in the 46th minute and, two minutes after his tackle, he had the quickest foot during a goal scoop fight in front of the hosts’ goal and hit the ball past the Nasarawa goalkeeper, Umar.
King Osanga, another substitute, changed the game for the hosts, as he began running rings around the Pillars’ defense and throwing crosses from the far right, giving them plenty to do.
His unbridled runs finally paid off when, in the 82nd minute, he ran past his marker, made a cross, and former Pillars man Adamu Hassan rose higher to face him and bury him in the net.
Pillars endured a lethargic start to play and was fortunate not to have conceded a goal early in the 10th minute when Ikenna Offor had only the goalkeeper to beat, but was unable to put some power behind her shot. A happy Idris picked it up.
Pillars had to wait until the 27th minute before Auwali Ali fired a shot that Umar handled easily.
Next up was Chike Ike, who ran rings too many times around Solid Miners defense, only to be repeatedly thwarted.
In the 82nd minute, Adamu Hassan soared higher to find David Ehiaghe’s center and nodded past the tender goal of the Pillars, to tie his side.
Player of the match Osanga continued to hurt with his pace and in the first minute of added time was about to connect with a well-positioned Ehiaghe, but Pillars’ Abubakar Abdullahi nodded towards safety.
Seconds before the final whistle, Osanga missed another opportunity to help his team claim all three points when, after the goal, he took aim, only to see his effort bounce off the wood.