Nasarawa United Suffer First League Defeat As Dakkada Make Edo New Fortress
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Nasarawa United FC suffered their first ever League loss to Dakkada FC in the NPFL matchday five encounter decided at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, Benin City, Edo State, on Sunday evening.
Against the run of play, the travellers were behind upon the blast of the whistle as Captain, Aniekan Ekpe sent goalkeeper, Ameh Godwin, the wrong way from the spot after his side won a penalty.
United drew level via a set piece twelve minutes before the break through inspirational midfielder, Michael Tochukwu, his second goal for Nasarawa United this season.
United wasted a flurry of chances, including a penalty miss by Silas Nwankwo in the 52nd minute after Ikenna Offor was brought down in the area.
Despite being a man down, and a late red card to already substituted Captain, Aniekan Ekpe, it was the hosts who claimed the maximum points through a late winner from Emmanuel Ayaosi, their first victory over the travellers in all competitions, and the result taking them to eighth on the log with seven points while Nasarawa United drop down to eleventh with six points.
Dakkada FC were bannished to Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, Benin City Edo State following assault on match official during their match against Remo State in Uyo last week.
They are expected to play a minimum of three matches at the new venue before they would be sanctioned to return to their Uyo base if they put adequate security measures in places to forestall future occurrence as well as bring to book their official who slapped assistant referee during the said game.
Nasarawa United will return home for a North-Central derby against Lobi Stars of Makurdi on Sunday, 16th January, followed by another zonal derby, midweek, versus Plateau United in Jos.