• Tue. May 28th, 2024

NPFL24: Sarki Ismael late equaliser helps Insurance avoid Home defeat

Bendel Insurance battled to a hard-fought 2-2 draw against Kwara United at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium.Despite trailing twice, Insurance secured a point in the dying moments with Sarki Ismael impressive header in the 90+4th minute, platinumnewsng.com is reporting.

The intense encounter saw Sadiq Yusuf open the scoring for Kwara in the 14th minute from a one-on-one opportunity, beating David Obiazo who was in goal for Insurance.

Bendel Insurance in a counter attack saw Chisom Okereke launch a cross to find Haruna Abubakar on the righ, Haruna connected with Stephen Sodje, who launched a volley to restore parity for Monday Odigie’s team just 11 minutes after the opener.

With Insurance looking for a lead, Godwin Oshagbemi capitalized on a defensive lapse from Stanley Okorom on the right to put Kwara ahead again in the 40th minute. This time, another one-on-one opportunity for the Harmony Boys.

Insurance relentlessly attacked Kwara’s defense in the second half but struggled to find the net, making substitutions including Kelly Kester, Raymond Ikhenoba, Evans Ogbonda, and Junior Christopher in search of an equalizer.

Kwara United resorted to time-wasting tactics, resulting in their goalkeeper, Adeyinka Adewale, receiving a yellow card. In the 90+4th minute, Sarki Ismael’s header broke through Kwara’s defense, securing Insurance a crucial point.

Bendel Insurance remains undefeated at home since their return to the top-flight league. They are set to face Enyimba on Wednesday, November 22, in a rescheduled match.

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