Issiaka Ogoubiye Heroics Earn Bayelsa United a Point Against Ibom Youth In NNL
By Hananeel Jackson
Goaltender, Issiaka Ogoubiye superlative performance was the highlight of match day three encounter between hosts, Ibom Youth and Bayelsa United in the Nigeria National League Southern Conference B2 game which ended in a barren draw at the Ikot Ekpene Township Stadium.
Ogoubiye who has not conceded a goal this season from an open play saved Joseph Bassey and Victor Ifiok penalties each on 70 and 77 minutes when the centre referee awarded two spot kicks to the host from Beniangba Victory clumsy challenge inside the eighteen yard box.
Still basking in the euphoria of a four nil thrashing of Remo stars Fc at the weekend, the Coach Diprieye Teibowei side almost took the lead in the first half through Okardi Inikurogha and Robert Mizo brilliant combination which went wide .
The hosts responded immediately from Timothy Zuobemi loose pass but the duo of Biriduba Gabriel and Ebedebiri Endurance were stoic at the back to curtail the attacking threat of Kingsley Odom and Ezekiel Eddidiong.
However, the trio of Beniangba Victory, Robert Mizo and Okardi Inikurogha had opportunity to seal the victory for the visitors few seconds to the end of hostility but the move was truncated by the final whistle.
The outcome leaves Bayelsa United on four points, having won one game, lost one and drawn one.
The Yenagoa based boys will next face another Akwa Ibom State side, One Rocket on Sunday at the Samson Siasia stadium in the Bayelsa State capital.
After the game, Technical Adviser of Ibom Youth, Emmanuel Itu said it was a bad day for his side to have squandered two penalties but commended the referees for displaying professionalism.
On his part, Technical Adviser of Bayelsa United, Diprieye Teibowei noted that it was great day for him to have masterminded a draw against a youthful Ibom Youth side away.
He described goalkeeper, Issiaka Ogoubiye display in the three games played so far as world class, charging fans to be hopeful of the premier league ticket.
Man of the Match goalkeeper Issiaka Ogoubiye who spoke in French language said his dream was to see Bayelsa in the Nigeria Professional Football League NPFL at the end of the current NNL season.
He explained that he knew he would save the penalties when the referee awarded the spot kicks to the host,pointing out that focus was now on the next game against One Rocket Fc on Sunday.