Harrison Madu’s second minute goal was all Wikki Tourists of Bauchi needed to beat Abubakar Bukola Saraki Ilorin FC to pick all the three points at stake in a match day 30 of the Nigeria Professional Football League tie.
The hosts shot into the lead with just two minutes into the game after Madu headed home Idris Mohammed’s free kick at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Stadium, Bauchi.
Ernest Governor hand ball had led to the freekick that was well taken by Mohammed, the Saraki Boys’ defenders left Madu unmarked to head the ball past Nurudeen Mudasir in goal for ABS.
Ahmed Usman should have doubled the lead in the 8th minute when he got a chance but shot straight at Mudasir who dealt with his effort.
In the 28th minute, Ismael Bagayan had a chance to double the lead but failed to finish a rebound from a shot he took earlier.
ABS left back, Lukman Hameed recovered on time to deflect Idris Mohammed’s shot to corner in the 30th to still give his team a chance of a comeback.
With seconds left on the clock to end the first half, Samuel Oyedeji wasted an opportunity to level the score after finding himself in Wikki’s vital area but his shot was side netted as the tie one nil in favour of Wikki.
Speaking after the game, Coach of Wikki Tourists, Bala Nikyu, said he was not disappointed by ABS FC’s display because they lost 2-4 at home they will be looking for every avenue to make up.
Nikyu said he is not concerned by the wasted chances because big teams and players do waste chances too.
ABS FC Coach, Henry Makinwa, said his lads could have left Bauchi with the three points if they were not wasteful in front of goal.