Go Round FC dropped points at home for the first time in more than one year as they were forced to a draw by Heartland.
The encounter at the Krisdera Hotel Stadium ended 1-1 after Julius Ubido equalised following a Chidi Nwachukwu goal that had put the home side ahead.
Heartland had not scored a goal in the league before this encounter while Go Round FC were confident that they had not dropped points at home since the loss to Remo Stars two seasons ago.
As early as the 11th minute, Chidi Nwachukwu headed home a sublime freekick taken by Morris Chukwu to put the home side ahead.
Five minutes before half time, Adelani Adeseun thought he had the second goal when he stole the ball from Heartland’s goalkeeper, Ebele Obi who had spilled the ball off a free kick, but the referee spotted an infringement and ruled out the goal.
In the 43rd minute, Lucky Emariojoke should have equalised when he found some loose space in the Go Round FC box and rattled the goalkeeper, Stanley Nwabali who needed two attempts to stop the ball from going in.
At the start of the second half, Shadrack Oghale replaced Adeseun Adelani and was pulled down a minute later when he stylishly went past Ikwugbado Kenneth.
The Heartland defender got a yellow card for his efforts.
But the game turned on its head in the 53rd minuet when Julius Ubido jumped highest to head home from a corner kick, giving his side its first league goal this season.
Chile Azu tried to score from outside the box in the 77th minute but his left footed strike went wide.
Three minutes later, Azu got a yellow card for pulling down Lucky Emariojoke.
Ugonna Ezenwata’s header was on target in added time from a Morris Chukwu cross but Ebele Obi parried for corner.
Chile Azu in an atttempt to score fouled Obi and was sent off for a second bookable offence in added time before the referee ended the game at 1-1.
Coach of Go Round FC, Ngozi Elechi thought his players underrated Heartland.
“Before this game we already spoke about not being over confident because of Heartland. They came out all out to play Akwa United and it was a solid performance.
“But over all I think there are areas my team did not do well by not keeping the ball on the ground,” Elechi said.
Ramsome Madu was proud of his boys for finally getting a result from Go Round Fc who he described as a side that had always beaten them.
“Sometimes some teams do not start well. We are among those teams that don’t start well but as the games progress we will progress.
“I’m happy with them because they stood their grounds against Go Round. You know they have been beating us. At least we thank God for getting a draw in today’s match,” Madu said.
Ogoni Elders Honour DPO
Ogoni Elders under the umbrella Gbo Kabaari have presented an award to the Bori Divisional Police Officer (DPO), SP Bako Gbasam.
Presenting the award recently in Bori, the chairman of the group, Senator Benneth Birabi, said SP Gbasam’s bravery in combating crime and maintenance of peace informed the decision to reward him.
Senator Birabi, who led other prominent members of the group explained that the award was a way to encourage the gallant DPO in his effort to fight crime in Ogoni.
He said the settling of crisis between two villages in Yeke and recent manhunt on militants in the area were some of the milestones SP Bako had accomplished.
He admitted that although his predecessors made an attempt but SP Bako’s doggedness towards restoration of peace could not be over emphasised.
“How we wish other police officers could emulate him to reduce crime drastically”.
Earlier, SP Bako Gbasam expressed joy over the honour done him by the Gbo Kabaari.
SP Bako assured of his readiness to continue in his capacity to flush out criminal elements.
The death of Honest Diagbara, often called Bobosky, remains a watershed in the history of the police division.
SP Bako said Bobosky’s foot soldiers must be arrested accordingly.
He said Bobosky was deeply involved in all manners of criminal activities in Ogoni making life unbearable for his people.
While thanking the council chairman, Laliteh Loolo for his support in the fight against crime.
Also, the Khana chairman, Hon. Loolo Laliteh, assured more support to the police in the fight against crime.
Police Arrest 96 Suspects Over Cultism, Robbery In Benue
The Benue State Police Command, says it has arrested 96 persons over alleged house breaking, theft, armed robbery and cultism in Makurdi, the state capital.
A statement by its Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Catherine Anene, said on Monday in Makurdi that the suspects were arrested following complaints from residents of Welfare Quarters, Yarkiyo, wadata, Ankpa Quarters, NUJ and North-Bank areas.
She said that the suspects were arrested between August 24 and September 15.
The official listed items recovered from the suspects to include two locally-made pistols, one dane gun, two live cartridges, one canister of 38mm, tear gas cartridge, one military camouflage cap, three black berets, four red berets, and military jungle hat.
Other items were two pairs of military uniforms, one Ipad, two desert boots, one animal horn, cutlasses, knives and assorted charms, and wraps of herbs suspected to be Indian Hemp.
Anene said that the Command had resolved to rid the state of all criminals and urged the public to offer useful information to assist the security agencies.
NPFL: Plateau United Signs Adetunji
Nigeria Professional Football League side, Plateau United, has secured the signing of Sunday Adetunji to their ranks ahead of the 2020/21 league season.
Adetunji, who has been linked with five different teams, put an end to the speculation about his future when he revealed that he has signed a deal with the 2017 league champions via his social media handle on Wednesday.
Adetunji was linked with Abia Warriors, Rivers United, Shooting Stars, and Kano Pillars, but he later put pen to paper for a two-year contract after strong negotiation involving the player and his management team.
“I’m happy to announce my arrival at this iconic club, Plateau United.
The former Shooting Stars and Enyimba striker will replace Tosin Omoleye who left the club for the Aba Elephants.
Adetunji will add quality to Plateau United’s attack, who are expected to help Plateau United challenge for the league and Champions League title next season.
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