Nasarawa United pipped hard fighting Katsina United by a goal to nil in a keenly contested Nigeria Professional football League (NPFL) Matchday 5 encouter decided at the Lafia City Stadium in Lafia, Nasarawa State.
It was Chigozie Uzochukwu’s 49th minute strike that sealed the maximum points for the Nasarawa side managed by Coach Bala Nkiyu to ensure the hosts maintained their 100 percent winning run at home.
It was an intriguing encounter where the hosts dominated possession and made their intentions of winning the match known from the outset, creating scoring opportunities in succession.
Katsina United struggled to find their rhythm all through and had to sit back in their half relying on counter-attackinv moves.
The Solid Miners dominated possession and created scoring opportunities but were marched with a resilient defense of Katsina United that kept them at bay.
Nasarawa United could have scored on 43rd minute but a goal mouth scramble from a set piece was cleared to safety by Nafiu Ibrahim.
The first half ended with either side not scoring.
It took Nasarawa United just four minutes into the restart of the second half to break the deadlock with an emphatic close range strike by Uzochukwu.
Nasarawa United kept the pressure as they looked to consolidate the lead but Katsina hung on.
Substitute Joseph Atule came close to restoring parity for Katsina United but Nasarawa United’s goalkeeper, Umar Danlami did well to parry the danger to safety on 90 minutes.
Nasarawa United centre half, Franklin Tebo was announced as man of match as the game ended 1 – 0 in favour of Nasarawa United.