Rivers United fall 1-2 to Katsina United
A first half penalty set the tone at the Mohammadu Dikko Stadium as Katsina United defeated Rivers United 2-1 in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) yesterday.
Centre referee, Chibuzo Udeh pointed to the spot on 18 minutes as Rivers United players surrounded the official, ostensibly requesting to know why he (the referee) had pointed to the spot.
“I still don’t understand why the referee awarded that penalty,” the Rivers United technical manager, Stanley Eguma told the club’s official website, www.riversunitedfc.com.ng.
“No Katsina United player appealed for it, I didn’t see any infringement but the referee awarded it (the penalty).
“We just have to pick ourselves up from it and focus on our next game,” he said.
Tasiu Lawal stepped up nervelessly, sent Abiodun Akande the wrong way from 12 yards to give Katsina United the lead on 20 minutes.
Six minutes after the restart, the hosts, against the run of play, doubled their advantage through Usman Barau, who rifled into the bottom corner from close range following some uncharacteristically tentative bit of defending by the Rivers United captain, Festus Austine.
Rivers United, to their credit, never threw in the towel and proceeded to dominate the rest of the half.
The Port Harcourt club deservedly halved the deficit in the 68th minute with a goal of the very highest quality as a brilliant passing move carved open the Katsina United back line like a hot knife through butter.