Kogi United held on to claimed maximum points against a stubborn FC Zamfara in one of the Nigeria National League, NNL Matchday Four encounters played in Lokoja on Saturday.
The match played at the Confluence Stadium, Lokoja was far cry different what the hosts expected as Zamfara stood their ground to ward most of their efforts at goal.
But the boys from Gusau did not have the nerve to keep United out from getting the maximum points.
Kogi United took the lead in the 26 minutes from the spot through John Jerome after Abubakar Ibrahim upended Victor Tale in the box as he attempt to shoot at goal.
Zamfara’s Okechukwu missed what should have been an equaliser for his side in the 35 minutes. His curling effort rolled past phase of goal after beaten United keeper, Salisu Ogbe.
The hosts had a good chance to double their lead when Simon Timothy delivered a long throw into Zamfara’s goal, Omajagun Umoru headed down for Etuk Akanimo who shot into crowded defense before Nyijime Xavier, Zamfara goalkeeper gathered.
With a minute to end the first half, Umoru again gifted with a clear opportunity to double United’s lead but was too quick to shoot which went off target.
FC Zamfara started the second half with more zeal and took the game to their hosts but met a brick wall in United’s defense.
United’s next match is against Jigawa Golden Stars in Hadejia next Saturday hile FC Zamfara will draw bye.