Osita Chikere produced a stunning header in the final minute of second-half additional time to propel Rivers United to a 1-0 victory over Kwara United in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) on Sunday.
The big forward met a precise Malachy Ohawume cross with menace past a shell-shocked Eze Chidiebere in goal for Kwara United at the Kwara Stadium, Illorin.
It was a hard-fought win that saw Rivers United climb five places to fourth on
the NPFL standings after all of the day’s action match day
The Rivers United technical manager, Stanley Eguma made two changes to the side that defeated Niger Tornadoes 2-0 exactly seven days earlier with Markson Ojobo and Christian Weli
replacing Samuel Ganda and Bernard Ovoke.Ovoke’s
exclusion from the match day
squad raised more than a few eyebrows as the dashing winger had a hand in the two goals scored by United against Tornadoes on match day nine.
Rivers United slightly edged a largely-even first half and should have had their noses in front with a little bit more composure before the interval.
The best opportunity of the half fell to the visitors in the 34th minute as Emeka Ogbugh read Osita’s knock-down to perfection but fired a fearsome half volley
just wide with Chidiebere beaten at his near post.
Kwara United also enjoyed positive moments in the first half with the best of their opportunities falling to Micahel Ohanu who somehow managed to fluff his lines from promising positions twice in a 30-second period in the 26th minute.
The hosts were largely dominant in the second half as they pressed with intent in an attempt to break the deadlock.
Exciting forward, Stephen Alfred who grabbed a brace against Nasarawa United on match day
nine, was at the tip of the spear and had more than a couple of good opportunities to register on the board.
The two sides continued to trade chances in the see-saw contest until second half
substitute, Ohawume, recently called up to Nigeria’s U20 squad, teed up the impressive Chikere with an inch-perfect cross that the striker planted home with gusto to spark mass hysteria amongst members of the visitors’ bench.