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NPFL Match Report: Maikaba wants Ochewechi in the Super Eagles (Plateau United 2-0 Katsina United)

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By Oduola Farouq

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Plateau United coach, Abdu Maikaba has been so impressed by matchday shifts of his midfielder, Oche Ochewechi that he has spoken of him to national team handlers for a possible invitation. 1820

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Maikaba let this out after two second half goals, the first from the penalty spot and the other executed from the long throw gave Plateau United a deserved victory over visiting Katsina United at the new Jos stadium on MatchDay 26. 

It was a balanced game especially in the first half as both teams struggled to assert control in the game with occasional forays into each other’s goal area. 8315

Offering his overall perspective on the match, Maikaba said,”No doubt the boys played gallantly to win this game knowing that Katsina are in a precarious situation, we cannot afford to be complacent after picking a win on the road as we needed to consolidate our position on the table”. 9761

He then brought up the Ochewechi angle, saying, “More importantly is the contributions of Ochowechi who has been consistent as pivot in the team, I have mentioned him to the national team handlers as he deserved a place in the Eagles.”

Plateau tested keeper Yusuf Mohammad with Zulkifilu rattling the keeper in the 30th minute while the crossbar also came to Katsina’s rescue few minutes later for a barren first half.  9166

Plateau’s double substitution on resumption may have added impetus to the attacking force with Sunday Anthony and Wasiu Jimoh thrown into the fray. 

Katsina’s defence soon become overwhelmed by Plateau attacking forays and eventually caved-in on the 67th when Olayinka Yusuf’s frantic effort to clear a pull out ended with his hand clearing the ball instead. The referee signalled for a penalty which was converted by Mohammad Zulkifilu in the 68th minute. 

Katsina responded with some substitutions as Gambo Mohammad and Yushau Garba were included to add pep to the attack looking for the equaliser which was not yielded until Plateau struck again in the 86th.

With the traditional long throw, stand in captain, Daniel Itodo, characteristically delivered a long heave into Katsina box which was connected by Ibrahim Buhari header for the second goal of the day and Plateau’s second win in four days.

Abdu Maikaba could not hide his satisfaction with the team performance which he described as encouraging.

Katsina coach Mohammed Audu was dissatisfied with the team’s performance which he attributed to lack of concentration. “The players lost concentration especially in the second half which allowed Plateau to secure victory today. However, we will continue to improve on our matches to avoid the drop.” The coach assured that Katsina would fo everything to escape relegation. 

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