Amos Gyang scored a stunning header in the second half to hand Kano Pillars a share of the spoils against Rivers United in Wednesday’s rescheduled Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) clash in Port Harcourt.
Godbless Asamoah had given United the lead in first half stoppage time with a supreme finish but the hosts were pegged back after the break as Pillars fought back to claim a deserved point.
The point means Rivers United stay in 13th place on the NPFL standings as they continue their tepid start to the season while Pillars climb two places to 11th.
Pillars’ head coach, Kadiri Ikhana addressed assembled media after the contest, pouring encomiums on United whom he described as a very good team.
He also claimed that his side enjoyed a fair slice of luck to avoid defeat in Port Harcourt.
“We played a very good team that is representing Nigeria in the Caf Champions League.
“They (Rivers United) are doing well in the Caf Champions League and are also a very crack team.
“I will say we are very lucky to have gotten a point in Port Harcourt,” he said at the post match press conference.
Technical manager of United, Stanley Eguma explained that a poor start to the second half cost his side maximum points.
“We started well but lost concentration early in the second half.
“My players relaxed in the early moments of the second half and that is why we conceded that goal.
“That goal put pressure on us and we failed to settle afterwards.
“When you take things for granted, you pay dearly for it,” a crest-fallen Eguma said.
United will now look to put their NPFL campaign back on track on Sunday in Akure when they face Sunshine Stars in a game that will be live on SuperSport9 from 4:15 pm.
Rivers United: Sunday Rotimi, Ifeanyi Nweke, Wassa Gabriel, Emeka Atuloma, Olalekan Gabriel (Ayobami Asekunuwo 71’), Festus Austine, Nzube Anaezemba (Daniel Israel 79’)., Keumian Venance, Asamoah Godbless (Emeka Ogbugh 75’), Esosa Igbinoba and Ovoke Bernard.
Substitutes not used: Femi Thomas, Doumbia Zoumana, Yusuf Jaiyeola and Weli Christian.
Kano Pillars: Danladi Isah, Joel Djondang, Chris Madaki, Emmanuel Anyanwu, Chinedu Udoji, Alimi Jamiu, Sikiru kamalu, Kabir Balogun, Amos Gyang, Rabiu Ali and Nazifi Yahya.
Substitutes: David Obiozor, Aloma Idris, Shagari Muhammad, Mubarak Sa’id, Hamza Abba Tiya, Victor Denis and Adamu Muhammad.
Rivers United: Asamoah (45+1’)
Kano Pillars: Amos Gyang (57’)