Gombe United on Monday defeated visiting Heartland FC of Owerri 1-0 in a 2018/2019 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) Group B fixture.
The hosts secured the lone goal in the 73th minute of Match Day 21 fixture through Yusuf Abdulazeez who headed in Isaac Success pass from the corner kick.
The victorious Gombe United moved to 27 points from 21 matches, ahead of their next match against Go Round FC in Omoku (Rivers) scheduled for Sunday.
At the post-match briefing, the Chief Coach of Heartland Owerri, Ramson Madu said it was a painful loss for his team, adding that they missed every opportunity to secure the three points.
Madu who emphasised that his boys missed a lot of goals, said the officiating was wonderful.
He, however, decried the harassment of the referee by the fans who made attempts to enter the field of play, adding that such was not good for football development in Nigeria.
He also stressed that their next match against El-Kanemi Warriors on Sunday must be a win.
On his part, coach Ladan Bosso of Gombe United FC said their plans worked out perfectly.
Bosso said “We planned for three points and we have just gotten it. Our next plan is to go away and get the three points.
“If we do that, I assure everyone, we are going to remain in the premier.”
Reacting to a penalty claim by his team in the first half, he said it remained a claim since the referee’s decision was final.
“It is left for the referee to decide and his decision was that it is not a penalty and later he said it was a mistake.
“They (referees) make mistakes, it is normal but it (the penalty) remains a claim,” he said.