Okpodu Happy with Draw at Abia


Ikorodu United head coach Sam Okpodu has said his side are happy with their first top-flight away point at Abia Warriors.

The Oga Boys were forced to a 1-1 draw by the hosts, Abia Warriors, in Wednesday’s Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) matchday 21 clash at the Umuahia Township Stadium.

Attacking left back Anayo ThankGod scored the match opener while Michael Olaha evened the score for the Warriors.
Incidentally, the first fixture clash at the Onikan Stadium in Lagos ended in a similar scoreline for the two sides.
Okpodu said questionable calls from the referees robbed his side of what would have been a well deserved victory on the road.

“Poor calls robbed us of a golden opportunity to beat Abia Warriors hands down right here in Umuahia.

“The League Management Company (LMC) has actually done a lot to improve the league, but I believe they still need to put a close tab on some of the referees. The referees in today’s (Wednesday) game were poor.

“However, we are happy with the away point; it will serve as a huge boost in our subsequent matches.

“I must commend the players for maintaining their composure throughout the game in the face of poor calls.
“I’m really proud of the players as well as their performance, they played very well and have ignited a strong hope of survival.

“We are certain to profit from this away draw when we confront Akwa United on home soil at the weekend,” said the former Warri Wolves coach to supersport.com.

The away point at Abia Warriors takes the newcomers’ total earnings to 14 points from possible 60. but they are still rooted at the bottom of the top-flight.