Kano based League One outfit, Zoo United maintained its surging momentum in the division with a deserved 2-0 victory over their home ground neighbours, Soccer Strikers FC in a matchday four encounter at the Sani Abacha stadium on Friday.
An own goal by Bashir Mohammed plus a cool finish by Ahmad Lawan in either half was all Zoo United needed to silence their stubborn opponents.
The opening period was as expected cagey, and the tone of the game, especially in the first half was pulsating, with Zoo United missing a penalty.
Issa Anderson recorded the first real chance of the game by rattling the woodwork with a shot and the resulting corner from the rebound earned Zoo United a penalty after the referee spotted a handball situation. Anderson stepped up but his effort was calmly collected by Tata Mohammed.
With the first half seemingly headed for a goalless draw Strikers FC were unfortunate to have Basir Mohammed score an own goal, putting the ball beyond his goalkeeper to give Zoo United the lead going into the break
Soccer Strikers came all out in the second half and surely had their tiny moments but the well coordinated centre halves of Zoo United kept Shamsu Gero at arms length.
Zoo United on the other hand missed a couple of chances to double their advantage with Ahmad Lawan, Kamara Abah and Abdulrazak Mada not being clinical enough.
With three minutes left to play, Kamara Abah fed Ibrahim Yinusa from a break and the striker didn’t hesitate to set up Ahmad Lawan who first beat the offside trap cleverly before slotting past Tata to take the game beyond Soccer Strikers.
Zoo United now have 6 points from three games and sit on top of group G2. Their next opponents are Jnr Danburan FC in the last game of the first round of matches.