Head Coach of Kogi United, Folabi Ojekunle has some nice words to say about his players following their 2-2 draw against JM Liberty in the Matchday 7 of Nigeria National League, NNL in Makurdi on Saturday.
United had to come back twice to salvage a valuable point and maintained their unbeaten streak in the Most Important League in Nigeria.
Mohammed Mohammed had earlier scored for the Confluence Boys to even the score at 1-1 after Sunday James had shoot the host in front in the first half.
Viralis Moave scored from the spot to restored Liberty’s lead in the 65th minutes.
Coach Ojekunle brought in Omolabi Owolabi, Osas Egbe and Salisu Tanko among the fresh legs in the closing moments to add more strength in United’s attack.
That would pay off for the visitors as they left it late till the last minutes of the game to get a deserved equalizer when Owolabi get to the end of Isah Haruna’s corner delivery.
Ojekunle told newsmen after the game that his side were in Makurdi for the match points but would take the point as a win considering how they did it.
The former Udala FC tactician said the result was a reflection of his side’s ambition to get something meaningful in the ongoing season.
“We were in Makurdi get the maximum points, but looking at how we performed and came back twice, I’d take the draw as a maximum points.
“I want to also commend my boys for the commitment and sticking to game plan and approach even when we are trailing, we will keep on pushing and get better to keep the ambition going.”
Kogi United will be taking on Adamawa United next in Lokoja for the Matchday 8 and the Tottenham trained coach said his side will take the game as normal fixture but with renewed zeal and focus in a bid to move up on the log.
“Yes, we know they are a big side and just coming from NPFL, but will strick to our usual game plans, take every game as they come but this time, we will even give more and I urge our fans and supporters not to relent in their prayers and getting behind us,” Ojekunle said.