Coach Abdullahi Biffo has ascribed Kwara United’s recent struggles to a challenge that may be traced to poor mental capacity, describing the 1-1 draw against Abia Warriors in Ilorin as a setback.
Biffo spoke on the back of three league games without a win before Kwara United engaged Abia Warriors on Wednesday afternoon in one of the MatchDay 24 fixtures of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL).
“We are struggling psychologically at the moment because we haven’t got the needed results in our last four games. The players are struggling but it’s left for us the coaches to find the right approaches to come back from this temporary let down”, Biffo told www.npfl.ng after the match.
“It’s really challenging because we’ve failed to deal with teams ahead of us though hard luck has also been a factor during this period but we are very optimistic that we will come back better”, Biffo concluded.
Both teams had filed out with purpose of intent as seen in the opening fifteen minutes of the match.
The first real chance at goal came after 20 minutes when Fatokun found Alao Danbani with a delightful pass but the striker missed a sitter. Moments later, Abia Warriors Anumudu found space down the left but his effort was saved by Iwu in goal for Kwara.
Kwara United nearly took the lead just past the half hour mark when Samuel Bamidele’s effort from a freekick clipped the right post. Just when it seemed the half was drawing to a close, Danbani found Samuel Tiza who finished past Edafe Vincent to give his side the advantage going into the break.
The opening five minutes of the restart was action filled. Afeez Nosiru earned a yellow for a reckless challenge on Valentine Odoh followed by a double substitution by the Harmony Boys with the duo of Samad Kadiri and Ayobami Junior replacing Junior Lokosa and Chisom Emmanuel respectively.
Moments later, Abia Warriors got the equaliser when Godwin Obaje’s Inviting cross from the right found Odoh whose volley could not be cleared on time leaving referee Buhari Bawa to rule that the ball had crossed the line.