NNL:Coach Omiponle Confident Of Securing Play-Off Ticket For Gateway Utd Against One Rocket - EDU-BIZNEWS


Wednesday, April 3, 2024

NNL:Coach Omiponle Confident Of Securing Play-Off Ticket For Gateway Utd Against One Rocket

Coach Samson Omiponle of Gateway United Football Club has expressed confidence that  his team's character, resilience, and grit would eventually secure a play off ticket for promotion to the elite Nigeria Premier Football League (NPFL), when the side clash with One Rocket on Sunday in Uyo in the crucial second tier Nigeria National League encounter

Omiponle in a statement by the club's Media Officer,  Moses Ojewumi, was full of excitement of the fitness level and readiness of his players to get the job done and claim the maximum three points on the road against the homeside 

 "We would play One Rocket on Sunday. They robbed us of three points in the first leg at home. We will reclaim those points in Uyo", he boasted 

Gateway United had on Wednesday kept their hopes alive for picking the NNL playoff spot with a 2-1 victory over rivals Inter Lagos FC at MKO Abiola International Stadium in Kuto, Abeokuta 

 The team, led by the tactician,Omiponle, remains unbeaten in seven games, securing four consecutive home wins, and has amassed 22 points, trailing the table topper Osun United by four points.

 The outgoing Head of Service in the state, Mr. Kola Peter Fagbohun, performed the ceremonial kickoff. Right from the start, Gateway United showed attacking intent, with Samuel Christian attempting a long-range effort. Stand-in captain Ediddon Adrian also had a chance, hitting the crossbar with a half-volley, while Wasiu Falolu narrowly missed the target with a low shot.

 In the 45th minute, Odusina Sunkanmi broke the deadlock with a precise low volley. Thirteen minutes into the second half, Babatunde Taofeek was fouled in the opponents' box, resulting in a penalty which Ediddon Adrian calmly converted to double Gateway United's lead. 

With 10 minutes remaining, Akinola Wale pulled one back for the visitors with a header, but Oladeji Joshua ensured the scoreline remained the same by saving a free kick. 

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