Niger Tornadoes head coach Abubakar Bala believes that his team’s 1-1 draw at reigning Nigeria Professional Football League champions Enugu Rangers will give them confidence to earn more points on the road.
The Minna-based side are one of the poorest travellers in the league but surprised many by picking up a point in Enugu on Sunday in a Matchday 5 encounter.
Godwin Aguda put the champions ahead in the 40th minute, finishing off a rebound after Tornadoes goalkeeper Mustapha Salihu Aliko fumbled Fortune Omoniwari’s effort.
Tornadoes got back on level terms in added time of the first half through Chidiebere Ajoku’s goal after the Minna-based side caught out the Rangers defence through a swift counter-attack.
Bala believes the draw is a good omen for his side who have been poor in their travels and hopes it will ginger his side to do more on the road.
“I’m very happy and it’s a great thing for me to pick up my first away point against the league defending champions,” Bala said to supersport.com.
“Rangers are a very good and compact team despite having a poor start and they are strong at home.
“Getting a draw against the defending league champions is great. It shows my team is gradually taking shape. I hope the draw with Rangers will give my players more confidence when we play at away venues.
“It is one of the problems we have, but we are working hard to see that we get points at home and on the road. I’m quite satisfied with what I saw against Rangers.
“Congratulations to my players. It was a great team performance and I must say I’m satisfied.”
Niger Tornadoes are 17th on the NPFL log with five points after five rounds of games.
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