Abubakar Bala began his reign in charge of Kwara United with a win as his side beat Kano Pillars 2-1 in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) Matchday 14 encounter at the Kwara Stadium, Ilorin on Sunday.
The Flying Eagles assistant coach replaced John Obuh last week after the club and coach parted ways due to poor run of results in the NPFL.
Kwara United before yesterday’s game were winless in four matches but Bala and his boys fought from behind to earn his first win as Coach of the Afonja Warriors.
Kano Pillars forward Junior Lokosa scored his 12th league goal of the season opening scoring in the 28th minute to silence the home fans who envisaged impending gloom.
Kwara United however came back stronger in the second half restoring some belief in the fans as they dominated and pressured their visitors.
The dominance yielded the first positive fruit as Sunday Okechukwu came on from the bench and levelled the scores, heading home the equalizer in the 65th minute from a set piece.
Six minutes later, Lukman Binuyo scored the winner for the Afonja Warriors as he let fly from 40 yards leaving Kano Pillars goalkeeper David Obiazor clueless. The goal gingered the home fans and the visitors found it difficult coping with the chants and noise.
Abubakar Bala told Naijafootballplus.com after the victory that his players deserved praises for the great fight.
“My players fought very hard, they deserve all the positive commendations. When we were down at half time, I told them we have the game in the second half if we can take our chances. They responded well and scored two goals within ten minutes.
“It was an amazing start for me, I decided to take up this challenge, the most difficult job in the NPFL and I am happy with how the boys responded to training all week. The transition in the second half was great and our confidence is restored.
“The confidence of the boys was down and we did a lot of work together, their zeal and passion for the club is superb and I am optimistic we’ll swim out from this difficult situation.
“We have started with the needed results to revive the confidence. We did it against favourite Kano Pillars and the comeback has given us a positive mindset to improve our performance,” an elated Bala said to Naijafootballplus.com.
Despite the win Kwara United are still rock bottom of the 20-team NPFL table with 14 points from 13 matches.