29 August 2017
Niger Tornadoes rallied from a goal down to beat FC IfeanyUbah 2 – 1 in a rescheduled MatchDay 36 fixture of the Nigerian Professional Football League, NPFL, held at the Confluence Stadium, Lokoja on Monday.
The game was abandoned after the first half break on Sunday due to heavy downpour and was scheduled to continue the next day. The visitors were leading 1 – 0 when the game was suspended courtesy of a 40th minute strike by ex-youth international, King Osanga.
The visitors were reduced to 10 men in the 57th minute when last season’s goal king, Godwin Obaje was booked for a second yellow card for impeding a Tornadoes free kick from being taken.
Ibrahim Babawo leveled for the hosts three minutes from regulation time. The game went on hold for about 8 minutes following discussions between referee & FCIU players about Babawo’s goal.
Two minutes into the resumption of play, FCIU goalkeeper, Bamba Drissa who was earlier booked for time wasting hacked down Babawo inside the box and this prompted the center referee, Nakuwa Awwal to award a penalty kick for Tornadoes.
Wilfred Ammeh converted the spot kick to made it 2 – 1 for the hosts.
Five minutes was added after regulation time and the woes of the visitors were further compounded when King Osanga was sent off for misconduct in the additional minutes.
With the win, Tornadoes moved six places to the 10th position with 51 points while FC Ifeanyi Ubah’s hopes of securing a continental ticket suffered a huge setback as they are now sixth on 53 points.
Tornadoes are away to Lobi Stars in their next NPFL fixture while FC Ifeanyi Ubah will travel to Ijebu Ode to face Sunshine Stars.