By Sab Osuji:
Abubakar Bukola Saraki Ilorin FC on Wednesday picked the last promotion ticket for the 2016/2017 Nigeria Professional Football League season after a comprehensive 4-1 thrashing of Gateway United of Abeokuta in a replayed match of the Nigeria National League Division B2 game.
The game was botched last week following Gateway United’s refusal to honour the game, citing lack of adequate security.
The Organizing and Disciplinary Committee of the Nigeria Football Federation ordered for the match to be replayed following a protest by the Abeokuta side who did not take kindly the walkover conducted by the match officials during the first game.
ABS netted the first goal in the first half through Ajibola Otegbeye and doubled their lead in the 70th minute.
Ibrahim Abdullahi made it three for ABS in the 79th minute with Bala Yahuza reducing the deficit in the 80th minute for the visitors while Mohammed Mohammed completed the victory in the 90th minute.
ABS top the group with twenty four points ahead of Bayelsa United, who finished the campaign with 23 points.