Kwara United goalkeeper, Chidiebere Eze has revealed that the instructions from their coach, John Obuh for them not to relent despite trailing against Nasarawa United in Lafia was the reason they dug deep to secure the stoppage time draw on Sunday.
The Solid Miners seemed to be coasting home to a routine win at the Lafia Township Stadium after they led 3-1 but the Harmony Warriors’ players still clawed their ways back into the game with two goals in the final six minutes to make it 3-3.
Eze in a chat disclosed that they knew that they would sink further into the relegation zone if they were beaten again in Lafia and that it was the reason they paid attention to the pep talk from the coach at halftime when they were down by 1-0 and at the later stages of the match.
“It was a result we all fought harder to get. We must congratulate ourselves for the feat. The draw never came easy. Nasarawa United were eager to win again because of the result they had in their last game and we were also battling to avoid another defeat because of our precarious position,” Eze told Goal.
“It was this that made us go into the tie with all we had. At each time they scored, the instructions from the technical crew were very crucial and it was for us not to relent because we were playing very well.
“By the time they made it 3-1 after we equalized their first goal, it was as if our whole world crumbled but we still kept on playing unmindful of the scores at the time. We thought everything had ended there with the time ticking towards the end of the match.
“But when Stephen Alfred scored our second goal and his second of the game we felt at the time that we could still walk away with a point and it was celebration galore when Michael Ohanu netted the equalizer in the dying moments of the match.
“It was as if we had won an important competition and we managed to hold on till the end of the match.”
Eze further said that their first point on the road in the league this season has given them renewed hope and the confidence that they can use this draw in Nasarawa as reference point as they strive to storm back to life in the topflight.
“It was a hard earned draw and we must use this result to start our comeback in the league. Our situation is not hopeless yet.
“Our next league tie at home to Rivers United will be very crucial because of this away draw. We can’t afford to get carried away knowing that they will be coming with the mission to surprise us,” he concluded.
The draw didn’t have much effect on Kwara United placement in the league table as they are still within the drop zone with their 10 points from nine games only suitable for 18th spot.