Niger Tornadoes Begin Life In Abuja With Emphatic Victory Over Shooting Stars
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By Vitus Michael
Niger Tornadoes may have brushed aside their banishment from Kwara state as they begin live at the Moshood Abiola National Stadium, Abuja on Wednesday with a 2-0 emphatic victory against visiting Shooting Stars of Ibadan in matchday 7 of the NPFL.
The Ikon Allah Boys produced a scintillating performance to the delight of their traveling supporters and big dignitaries at the Moshood Abiola Stadium Abuja in a win against Shooting Stars to move up the ladder on the 2021/2022 Nigeria Professional Football League, NPFL table
The two teams started the encounter on a sound footing, pressing for the opener, in the early minutes, but as the game wears on Tornadoes seized control and were duly rewarded when Usule Martins put his team ahead on the half hour mark, after a good team play, as he capitalized on Ahmadu Liman’s well placed pass, to shoot beyond Shooting Stars goalie for his second goal of the season.
Earlier before the goal was scored, Niger Tornadoes goalkeeper Lucky Abdullahi Jimoh suffered an injury when he miscalculated and ran into Abiodun Adebayo in an attempt to get on the ball, forcing the hosts to make an early change as he came off for George Michael.
Second half resumed with the host looking the more determined to pick maximum points as two changes were quickly effected with Wisdom Magbisa replacing Peter Momoh, while Shamsudeen Hashim came in for Yahaya Adamu.
The second goal arrived after series of attacks by the host when young and enterprising Munir Idris capitalized on a goal mouth scramble to hit a thunderous shot passed Shootings goalkeeper and throw the entire stadium into wild jubilation.
All efforts by Shooting Stars to reduce the tally proved abortive.
The team bounced back from their unimpressive outings recently and made a statement of intent which could see them converting the newly renovated Moshood Abiola National Stadium to their abattoir
The victory took Tornadoes to 12th on the long with 8 points from 7 matches.