Nasarawa United FC, Lafia: 20 days of solid preseason action
By Eche Amos
The Solid Miners, in preparation for the 2021/22 Nigeria Professional Football League Season, embarked on a nearly one month preseason tour across Northern Nigeria, with the tour leading them to Abuja, Kaduna and Jos(Plateau State) respectively.
The purpose of the tour was to enable the team enjoy some quite moments, as well as to enable the coaching staff assess the readiness of both old and new players and fine-tune them for the new league campaign.
Across the span of twenty days, Nasarawa United played a total of fifteen (15) matches, five of which were in the maiden Abuja Unity Cup Pre-season Tournament where they emerged runners-up after narrowly losing 0-1 to Plateau United in the final on 7th November, 2021, at the Area 3 Football Pitch, Garki, Abuja, scoring thirty-one(31) goals while conceding fourteen(14), that’s +17 Goals advantage.
Of the total number of games played, United won eleven(11), drew two(2) and lost two(2).
NUMBER OF GAMES PLAYED & GOALS SCORED/CONCEDED
A. ABUJA – 29th Oct. – 7th NOV. 2021
- Nasarawa United 1-1 Cynosure FC
Tolu Oluwole(NAS) ⚽
- FC Internazional 2-2 Nasarawa United
Agbonlahor Mustapha(INT’L)⚽, Kabiru Dahiru⚽
Aliyu Abdullahi(NAS)⚽, Ajibola Otegbeye⚽
- Correctional Centre FC 0-3 Nasarawa United
Paul Funom⚽, Tolu Oluwole⚽⚽
- Mavlon FC 0-5 Nasarawa United
Aliyu Abdullahi⚽⚽, Dauda Maigishiri⚽, Alaekwe Chijioke⚽, King Osanga⚽.
- Capital City FC 1-3 Nasarawa United
Sadiq Mohammed (CAP)⚽
Ajibola Otegbeye(NAS)⚽, Charles Eguavon⚽, Nenteka Bangs⚽
- Nasarawa United 3-0 Fosla Academy
Silas Nwankwo⚽, Tolu Oluwole⚽, Paul Odeh⚽
- Rhapsody FC 0-3 Nasarawa United
Ajani Ibrahim⚽, Shammasu Mohammed⚽, Nafiu Alakija⚽
- Katsina United 1-1 Nasarawa United
(Nasarawa United won 6-5 via penalty shootout and qualified for the final of the Abuja Unity Cup Pre-season Tourney).
- Olympic Hybrid FC 3-0 Nasarawa United
Ahmed Basheer⚽, Elias Raphael⚽, Daniel Ilevbare⚽
- Premier Academy 0-1 Nasarawa United
- Plateau United 1-0 Nasarawa United
B. KADUNA – 8th-13th NOV.2021
- Yoca Stars FC 3-4 Nasarawa United
Abdulazeez Jibril(YOC)⚽, Abdulrafiu Kazeem⚽, Hamza Adamu⚽
Charles Eguavon(NAS)⚽⚽, Afeez Babatunde⚽, Nuhu Soja⚽
- Mutunci Academy 1-2 Nasarawa United
Michael Tochukwu(NAS)⚽, Shammasu Mohammed⚽
C. JOS, PLATEAU STATE – SAT. 13th-17th-2021
- Jazzy Stars Academy 0-1 Nasarawa United
- Rahbam FC 1-2 Nasarawa United
Nenteka Bangs(NAS)⚽, Bassey Bassey⚽.
NASARAWA UNITED GOALSCORERS
Four Goals Category
- Tolu Oluwole (C/Attacker)⚽⚽⚽⚽
Three Goals Category
- Aliyu Abdullahi(Winger)⚽⚽⚽
- Ajibola Otegbeye(C/Attacker)⚽⚽⚽
- Charles Eguavon(Attacking Midfielder)⚽⚽⚽
Two Goals Category
- Shammasu Mohammed(C/Attacker)⚽⚽
- Nenteka Bangs(Winger)⚽⚽
One Goal Category
- Silas Nwankwo(Attacker)⚽
- Paul Funom(Winger) ⚽
- Dauda Maigishiri(Midfielder)⚽
- Chijioke Alaekwe(Attacker)⚽
- Paul Odeh(Left full-back)⚽
- King Osanga(Winger) ⚽
- Afeez Babatunde(Right full-back)⚽
- Nuhu Soja(Attacker)⚽.
- Ibrahim Ajani(Winger)⚽
- Nafiu Alakija(Midfielder) ⚽
- Michael Tochukwu(Midfielder)⚽
- Israel Emmanuel(Attacker)⚽
- Bassey Bassey(Attacking Midfielder)⚽
- Abubakar Abdullahi(Defender) ⚽
From all of us at Nasarawa United FC, we say ‘Thank You’ for your solidarity throughout the preseason tour and always.
We continue to seek your support as we look forward to a prosperous new league season.
Amos is Media Officer, Nasarawa United FC, Lafia