Gombe United forward Sanni Abbani ‘Yarma’ believes his side have turned the corner and are ready to retain their top flight status this season.
Gombe United forced FC Ifeanyi Ubah to a 2-2 draw in Sunday’s Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) matchday 31 encounter at the Ifeanyi Ubah International Stadium, Nnewi.
The Desert Scorpions came from behind in the second half and cancelled the Anambra Warriors two-goal lead. Isaac Loute scored two brilliant free kicks in the first half to give the hosts the advantage. The visitors pulled one back through Abbani in the 61st minute while Austine Oladapo levelled the scores seven minutes after.
The 19-year old forward says the point picked in Nnewi is important for his team’s battle for survival.
“We put up a bold performance and we got rewarded for our resilience in the game. We conceded two goals from set pieces which means the overall performance of the team wasn’t bad, we were just unlucky with the free kicks conceded.
“We had our team talk during the half time break and the coach (Manu Garba) pointed out to the holes in their defense and how we can utilize our opportunities. We pulled one goal back early enough in the second half according to the game and I’m happy I was able to add to my goals tally this season and help my team. We kept on dominating the game and we got the second goal to keep the host fans silent.
“We could have won the game if we had converted our chances.
“This point is important for the team and the result will keep our hopes alive that the team won’t relegate.
“We were unlucky not to have grab the three points, we were brilliant in the second half and we out played them. We have to continue working hard, the survival race is not closed yet and we shall fight to the end,” Abbani said to Naijafootballplus.com.
Despite the result Gombe United still maintain their 19th position with 36 points from 31 matches, four points behind a safety position with seven matches left.
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