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NNL: Osun United Come From Behind to End Vandrezzer’s Unbeaten Record



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Hakeem Olalere’s 85th minute sublime penalty condemned Vandrezzer Football Club of Lagos to their first defeat of the season as the ‘Lions of Naija’ bowed to the dominant pressure of Osun United in the week four encounter of the ongoing Nigeria National League (NNL).

The visitors had taken the lead in the 20th minute when David Mark’s free kick from 30 yard was parried into the net by Arinze Okoro after the subtle direct free kick was miscalculated.

All efforts by United to level up were blocked and successfully cleared by Udom Ekerete who utilized his height to win all aerial duels, together with Suleiman Jamiu as the first half ended in a lone goal lead by the visitors.

The Omoluabi Giants, who had replaced injured Mutiu Dauda and Akpesiri Naibe with Mojeed Yusuf and Adio Monsuru mounted severe pressure on their visitors and were rewarded in the 54th minute when Adio Monsuru leveled up via a rocket shot after Hakeem Olalere slipped over the ball to send the anxious spectators into jubilation.

A couple of chances by Vandrezzer’s Pederson Asong and Amos Okoro were thwarted by Osun United’s defence well guarded by Olusola Akilapa and Jerry Okon while Alani Azeez was doing the rough job in the midfield, leaving the mercurial midfielder and skipper, ‘Kebu’ to join forces with the attack.

Vandrezzer had tried to defend the draw with several tactics but their defensive decision gave opportunity to the Omoluabi Giants to continue their offensive onslaught. This paid off when substitute’s Michael Ipaye pushed Hakeem Olalere down in the box for referee to signal to the spot. The skipper himself, Kebu converted from the spot in the 85th minute as he sent Vandrezzer’s shotstopper, Alabi Segun into the wrong side to give the home side the first victory at home.

With the result, Osun United remain unbeaten in four games and have jumped into the second position on the log of Group B1, 4 points behind the group leader, 3SC of Ibadan who whitewashed Stationery Stores of Lagos by 3 goals to nil.

Interestingly, Osun United will be guests to the ‘Oluyole Warriors’ in the week 5 fixtures billed for Dipo Dina Stadium, Ijebu Ode Ogun State on Wednesday, March 10, 2021.

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Hammed Tajudeen is the editor in-chief of Blaze News, holds Higher National Diploma(HND) in Mass Communication, graduated from Osun State Polytechnic, Iree.

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