Rivers United 1-1 Abia Warriors: Morice Chukwu blames bad officiating

Rivers United 1-1 Abia Warriors: Morice Chukwu blames bad officiating

Rivers United key player – Morice Chukwu, has heavily criticized poor officiating as the reason why his team’s NPFL match against Abia Warriors ended in a 1-1 tie rather than a victory.Rivers United 1-1 Abia Warriors: Morice Chukwu blames bad officiating

At the Adokiye Amiesimaka stadium over the weekend, the 20-year-old midfielder and his teammates bounced back from a shortfall to salvage a late draw against the visiting Warriors.

Coach Stanley Eguma chose to stick with the winning approach and selected the same lineup from the team that won Rangers International 1-0 three days back at the same arena.

However, United got off to a shaky start in the first half due to clear signs of fatigue, and they paid the price when Nweke Kalu burst through to hand the visitors the lead early in the second half.

After the hour mark, The Pride of Rivers started to show signs of life as Morice Chukwu blasted a shot over the bar and Albert Korvah saw an attempt stopped.

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Kazie Enyinnaya’s drilled cross then took a deflection, and Abia Warriors’ goalkeeper denied substitute Ekeocha Chukwudi with a first-time shot.

While the visiting Warriors had their moments, Rivers United owes a debt of gratitude to their goalkeeper – Abiodun Akande, who made three point-blank saves to keep the Abia Warriors from adding to their lead.

The Stanley Eguma side struggled back in the heat of battle, and they were rewarded late in the game when Morice Chukwu successfully converted a penalty kick.Rivers United 1-1 Abia Warriors: Morice Chukwu blames bad officiating

Rivers United grabbed a hard-fought draw against the Umuahia Landlords on Sunday night thanks to Morice Chukwu’s well-taken penalty-kick equalizer.

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Soon after the game, Morice Chukwu declared in an interview with Footballrover that his team deserved the victory.

Yes we deserve to win because we did not convert all our chances that came during the first half. But you can not blame anybody because that’s the game of football.

When asked to rate Rivers United’s performance vs Abia Warriors, he said;

Its wasn’t a bad game, but we did not expect the draw. Its a derby match, its not always an easy one. We did not expect t this result but we thank God we didn’t lose.”

Would you want to say the Referee played a part in the 1-1 draw?

Yes!! If you watch, Abia Warriors wasted a whole lot of time and the referee didn’t add extra time and he also denied us the first penalty. But then, we can’t blame anybody really.

What about Rivers United upcoming fixture, do you see the team playing better?

All our aim is to end first in the log and maintain our position, but as you can see, the result will now make us have a setback. But we can still fight and gain more points.”

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