Niger Tornadoes after wasting a number of chances on Thursday evening were held 1-1 by visiting Abia Warriors in one of the Week Three fixtures of the Nigeria Professional Football League.
What began like an easy ride to victory at the Kwara Sports Complex, Ilorin for the home team ended disappointingly for the host.
Tornadoes started the game on a right footing and were evidently on rampage in the early minutes, looking the more hungrier to pick maximum points as Lukman Mohammed, Ahmadu Liman and Destiny Ashadi ceased control of the game from the midfield, Kabiru Adeniji looked to have put the host ahead having benefited from a good ball in, to do a wonderful acrobatic shot, only to be met with the lines man flag up, in what was adjudged to be an offside positioning.
The Ikon Allah Boys continued their assaults towards goal and were rewarded on the 33rd minutes, when Usule Martins’ low shot from inside the box off a pass from Lukman Mohammed left goalkeeper Pius Ibrahim planted, as he couldn’t help but watched the ball rolled into the net.
There was mixed feelings on the home sides’ bench, moments after the goal, as both Lukman Mohammed and Destiny Ashadi were seen limping after sustaining injuries, Destiny was substituted few minutes before half time making way for Shamsudeen Hashim.
On resumption into the second half, Lukman Mohammed couldn’t make it out as Abdulkadir Zango returned to the team making his first appearance this season.
Abia Warriors levelled things up on the 54th minute when Hammed Yakub benefited from Godwin Obaje’s pass to fire a grounder passed Lucky Abdul Jimoh.
From then onwards, all efforts by the home team to find the lead proved abortive as so many chances created from good passing sequences were wasted for poor decision making just at the final end.