February 26, 2024

An own goal by Lawal Muritala handed Plateau United Football Club of Jos a 1-0 victory against visiting Kwara United on Sunday in the 2022/2023 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL).

Sporting Tribune reports that there was nothing separating the two sides until the 30th minute, when the Ilorin side’s defender turned the ball into his own net.

Plateau United’s Technical Adviser, Fidelis Ilechukwu, during his post-match interview, acknowledged that his side were not at their best.

But he blamed injuries for the performance.

“None of the two teams played well anyway. They didn’t create clear-cut goalscoring chances. But the most important thing is that we won.

“We will go back to the drawing board and work on our team. We have the challenge of injuries but the players are coming back gradually,” Ilechukwu said.

On his part, Kwara United’s Technical Adviser, Abdullazeez Mohammed, said they had themselves to blame for the defeat.

Mohammed said the Ilorin-based club wanted to build on the momentum gained from their last match but failed to do so in a sad circumstance.

“In our last match, we scored two goals. Today we played better than the host but we could not score.

“We will continue to build from there. The team is getting momentum but the last touch is still in the works. We got it right last week, but we didn’t get it today,” he said.

The coach however refused to talk about the match’s officiating, saying it was “needless when players, coaches and the crowd make mistakes.

“I don’t think the officiating today was bad.

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