By Abubakar Hassan 


Austin Igenepo’s 7th minute goal in match day 14 encounter of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL), against visiting Sunshine Stars Fc of Akure was all that Niger Tornadoes Fc needed to extend its unbeaten run to five matches and move to 5th position on the league table.
Austin with a close range header connected a cross by Eric Frimpong from the right flank leaving Sunshine Stars goalie, Henry Ayodele wondering in between the sticks, on Sunday, at the Late Bako Kontagora Stadium, Minna.
Both teams lost scoring chances in the first and second halves, while the hosts had one of their goal in the second half cancelled when the assistant referee 2, Augustine Onika raised his flag to spot the goal scorer, Bashir Usman in an offside position.
The combine effort of Sunshine Stars duo of Kehinde Adedipe with a Minna home boy, Yahuza Bala did not yield any positive result, as his low shot in one of his team’s glaring chances in the 25th minute of the game went straight into the waiting hands of Tornadoes first choice keeper and captain, Mustapha Aliko.
With the victory against Sunshine Stars last Sunday, the Niger State darling team has gone five match unbeaten since its return to Bako Kontagora Stadium, Minna and under team’s interim Coach, Hamza Abdulazeez Abara.
Speaking to Journalists in a post match interview, Coach Hamza Abara said it was not always easy at home for any team that picked a point on the road, saying it was a tough game for his side.
He observed that football is a repetition of mistakes which left either the home side or the visitors to capitalize on and carry the day. He also disclosed that his team missed the services of one of its reliable attacker, Abubakar Ibrahim Babawo who is with the Flying Eagles in Cairo, Egypt.
On his match day 15 game against Enyimba International, Coach Hamza Abara said he is not the noise making type as a young coach, but that he wants his performance to speak for him. He also appreciated the state government, management, supporters and fans of the club, as well as the entire soccer loving Nigerlites for their support to the club.
Also, the caretaker coach of Sunshine Stars, Henry Abiodun said he doesn’t cherish blaming referees because they are humans, but that he believed the referees’ conscience will tell them that the only goal of the match did not cross the goal line.
On the performance of his team, he said, “Due to shortage of strikers we lack the attacking reinforcement to push more in the final period, but am happy the boys are adjusting to playing on the turf, it was difficult. A squad that has more than 20 good players is good and they are adapting quickly to my philosophy.”
Niger Tornadoes is now fifth on the league table with 20 points after match day 14, and the team will be guest to Enyimba International in match day 15 encounter.