Dakkada in stunning Comeback win against Pillars in Uyo
By Promise Etim
A superlative second half performance saw Dakkada FC rally to a 3-2 win at home to Kano Pillars at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium, Sunday.
Pillars, fresh from their win at home to Sunshine Stars were hoping to consolidate their spot on top of the log going into the fixture, while the home side hoped to bounce back from the disappointing defeat away to Heartland on Thursday.
The home side were without captain, Aniekan Ekpe who was suspended following his red card in Owerri on Matchday 12.
The visitors established a firm control of the opening moments and got rewarded when pressure from the right flank saw Francis Odinaka handling the ball inside the penalty area. Rabiu Ali sent goalkeeper Oramade Olawale the wrong way from the spot in the 10th minute.
Pillars doubled the advantage on the half hour mark, when Gerome Henchong rose highest to head Auwalu Malam's cross beyond goalkeeper Olawale.
Christian Ekong reduced the deficit, when he got to the end of Kokoete Udo's brilliant pass, before calmly guiding past Idris Ibrahim on 38 minutes.
Dakkada returned from the break with renewed vigor and urgency, as they pushed for the leveler. Ekong was involved yet again in a classy team move, before squaring the ball to Phillips Archibong, whose 15 yards strike rolled past Ibrahim in the 48th minute to level the score.
The home side wrapped what was an incredible comeback in the 76th minute, when substitute Isaac George scored from the spot, after goalkeeper had clipped Ekong inside the penalty area.
Chief coach of Dakkada FC said he was impressed by the performance of his players, despite the absence of the team's captain.
"The players showed excellent character today. The absence of our captain did not affect the overall team performance. It was a hard fought victory for us today.
"Kano Pillars is a strong side with so much experience. The fact that we were able to defeat them despite the prevailing circumstances is a pointer to the fact that we should not be underrated by any team.
"We hope to build on this in out next game on Wednesday against Wikki Tourists", he told npfl.ng.
The win lifts Dakkada to 9th position on the log, while Pillars go down to second place.
Fouls Won: 18-14
On Target: 6-5
Dakkada XI: Olawale, Unwana, Williams, Inamoto, Odinaka, Doyeni, Ekong, Osayande, Phillips, Charles, Kokoete
Kano Pillars XI: Ibrahim, Jibrin, Madaki, Gerome, Denis, Malam, Babalola, Nwagwa, Maigoro, Ali, Ebuka