Abia Warriors Coach Erasmus Onuh says team will continue to push
Posted : 01 October 2023
As Abia Warriors begin their campaign in the new 2023/2024 Nigeria Premier Football League (NPFL) with a win over visiting Niger Tornadoes, the Chief Coach, Erasmus Onuh has said that the team would continue to push to be the better side.
Coach Onuh said that the match against the visiting Niger Tornadoes was a difficult one since it's the league opener, but that the team would get better as the season gets by.
``It is such a tight affairs, but we showed more precision to score the goal and defended better.
``We will continue to improve and score more goals as the season gets by,'' he said.
Recall that John Peter came off the bench to earn Abia Warriors all the available three points at the Umuahia Township Stadium as the 2023/2024 season got underway across the nation.
It was a game that lived up to its billing as a tough encounter for both sides.
Buoyed by their vociferous home supporters, the Warriors pushed for an early goal and came close to scoring on many occasions but no thanks to former Abia Warriors goaltender, Joshua Enaholo who manned the post for the visitors and made some breathtaking saves.
The opening proceedings were all Abia Warriors, but Niger Tornadoes gradually grew into the game and carved out a few chances of their own.
However, in the closing stages of the first half, Niger Tornadoes had their goalkeeper to thank again after denying the Warriors on three occasions. Goalless it was in the first half.
After the hour mark, Coach Erasmus Onuh introduced John Peter and Adejoh Ojonugwa for Emmanuel Onu and Uche Moses respectively to add bite to their attack. But it was the introduction of Sampson Obi, who came on for Sunday Megwo that changed the course of the game.
The maverick forward made a dashing run from the opponents left wing and into the 18 yard box before sending a delightful cross to the on-rushing John Peter to slot home and send the spectators into frenzy in the 80th minute.
The Warriors held unto the one goal lead until the centre referee, Akintoye Yemisi from Lagos state sounded the final blast of her whistle despite some decent chances that came the way of their opponents in the closing stages of the game.