Shooting Deny Coach Cooreman Winning Start

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Shooting Stars came from behind last Saturday to deny Belgian coach, Maurice Cooreman, a winning start with Warri Wolves at the Obafemi Awolowo Stadium in Ibadan.

The former Kaduna United coach, Cooreman, said 3SC should count themselves lucky that the match officials favoured them.

“I’m happy with this result. Our target was to get three maximum points, yet earning a point is still part of it and we are ready to face Wikki Tourists come Thursday,’’ Cooreman said.

Wolves drew the first blood through ThankGod Ike’s thumping header in the 38th minute.

Before then, Gift Atulewa’s 30-yard free kick crashed against the crossbar with 3SC goalkeeper Emmanuel Daniel beaten. Daniel also came to the rescue of the home team, when he scrambled away a shot by striker Jude Aneke.

Veteran striker Kabiru Alausa equalised for the home team in the 69th minute after he was brought down by Adama Coulibaly. Goalkeeper Ambrose Vanzekin almost stopped the penalty only to punch the ball into the net.

3SC striker Raheem Owolabi admitted they stepped up their game in the second half to get a draw.

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“It was not a very bad game, but it was a tough one. We did our best to win the match but we could not. Our second half performance was better than how we played in the first half,” he told MTNFootball.com

In other matches, Kano Pillars pipped new comers Akwa United in Kano by a lone goal.

The goal was scored by Mannir Ubale in the 25th minute for his fourth goal of the campaign.

Speaking with MTNFootball.com after the match, left back, John Yampe Boyi, said they are happy with the result and was happy that they won, though wanted a wide goal margin.

“It was not an easy game because there is no easy game in football again. We gave our best, and it was good that we won. We wanted to win by a wide margin but it was not to be. We will try harder next game,” Yampe said.

Wikki Tourists laboured to beat visiting Sharks 1-0. But Sharks media officer, Confidence Idah, blamed the referee for their loss.

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