Our hopes of surviving the drop were ended by Remo Stars who eventually gained promotion to the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) with a win over the White Lions.
There was little to separate both sides in the opening half, but Remo Stars took control of the game with a goal by Martaba from a corner. The attacker then wrapped up the points minutes later with a shot from close range to seal their NPFL promotion.
After a gruelling 90 minutes last weekend in a game which produced 6 goals, Coach Kazeem Alabi made one change to the starting line-up. Rilwan Oladipupo was given his season debut in goal in place of Emenike who might have been low on confidence after letting in three goals.
With the stakes high for both teams, either side could have been pardoned for treading cautiously but it was Coach Alabi’s men who got the first attempt on goal in just two minutes to the start of the half. Ogunsuyi cut into his right and curled one at goal but his effort was straight forward for the Remo keeper.
We continued to create half-chances in the early stages as Omaka’s effort from range sailed harmlessly over. Some slick exchange of passes between the midfielder and Damian saw the latter skew his shot just wide. Enuademu’s grounder from a freekick taken short could not find the target.
In the 16th minute, we were appealing for a penalty after Enuademu’s cross appeared to strike the arm of the opponent. Only a corner was given that time.
Remo Stars were limited to speculative efforts with their first real attempt coming after 20 minutes via some creative build up from defence but their shot from close gnrhyjrhwas fired into the stands.
Enuademu almost got the opener with a well driven shot which took a slight deflection and missed the far corner by some inches but by the end of the first half, it was both teams struggling to create meaningful chances on goal even though we had the better of the two sides.
The White Lions were unchanged going into the second half but within five minutes, the visitors took the lead. A corner-kick clipped into our box was directed home by Martaba.
Coach Alabi responded by sending in Atagana in place of Omaka who had a relatively quiet game by his standards but little did it change as Remo Stars continued to apply the pressure.
Obafemi was introduced soon after and he was immediately involved in the thick of the action as his shot from outside the area was comfortably saved by the keeper.
However, our task was multiplied as the visitors extended their advantage. Some suspect defending allowed Martaba a shot in our box which beat Oladipupo to his right for his second of the day.
We had some sustained period of pressure without troubling Ndukwe in goal and our frustration continued with Omoyele unable to keep his shot low and on target after being squared up by Enuademu.
We huffed and puffed but Adiukwu’s header late in the game which did not have enough pace to trouble the keeper was the closest we came to finding a way past the Remo defence on a frustrating afternoon at the Agege Stadium.
We are in action this weekend with an away trip to Go-Round FC for our final game of the season with little but pride to play for.
C.O.D United XI: Rilwan Oladipupo, James Oronsaye, Obinna Adiukwu, Kenneth Joseph, Alaba Balogun, Kingsley Ezeali, Odunayo Ogunsuyi, Nnamdi Damian, Anthony Omaka, Chinedu Enuademu, Tosin Omoyele.
Substitutes: Paul Emenike, Waliu Makinde, Soji Adu, Theophilus Atagana, Bankole Afeez, Oladimeji Obafemi, Kevwe Akpota.