By Georgina Adegbie
Abuja, Oct. 22, 2020 Katsina state’s para-soccer team on Thursday in Abuja defeated their Bauchi state counterparts 4-1 in their second game of the ongoing 2020 National Para-Soccer League.
Naija247news reports that the eighth edition of the National Para-Soccer League which started on Wednesday is expected to end on Saturday.
In the match played at the Old Parade Ground, Muhammed Abba of Katsina State scored the first goal in the 18th minute.
Tony Tubus doubled the tally five minutes later, while Idris Umaru scored the third goal of the game in the 23rd minute.
Tubus went on to score the fourth goal in the 28th minute.
The Bauchi state players struggled to keep up with their opponents’ pace but they could not convert their chances before the first half ended.
On resumption for the second half, the Katsina state players continued to fight with the spirit of winning while the Bauchi state players put up stiff resistance.
Umarus Said from Bauchi state however scored his team’s only goal in the 60th minute.
Speaking after the match, coach Auwal-Bawa Kimfau of Katsina state said it was a delight for him and his team to win their second match.
“I am happy that we won. It was a tough game. Our opponents fought well and they were able to score one goal.
“We won our first match against Yobe 3-2 on Wednesday and I thank God we have now won our second match. We will work hard to win our next match against Nasarawa state this (Thursday) evening,” he said.
Coach of the Bauchi state team, Buhari Jamda, on his part, said he was pleased with the performance of his players in spite of the defeat.
“This is just our first game and my players had a good performance, in spite of the scoreline.
“They did well by not allowing the Katsina state team any chance to score more goals in the second half.
“However, in every football match, there is always a winner and a loser. So, the god of soccer was not on our side. But we will work hard to win our next match on Friday,” he said.
In the first match of the day at the competition’s venue, Yobe beat Team Zamfara 6-2, while in the second match Agun Ajanaku Foundation Club of Lagos beat Sokoto state 2-0.
NAN reports that eight teams are participating in the National Para-Soccer League.
The teams are: Kano state, Nasarawa state, Zamfara, Katsina state, Bauchi state, Sokoto state, Yobe and Agun Ajanaku Foundation Club of Lagos.