Ex-New Edubiase Midfielder Mumuni Abubakar Glitters For Black Leopards In FOUR-goal Thriller

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Liberian born-Ghanaian midfielder Mumuni Abubakar played 90 minutes for Black Leopards, recently when they drew 2-2 with Kaizer Chiefs at the FNB Stadium in a DStv Premiership game.

The midfielder who has been outstanding for the Leopards since the campaign started was again phenomenal but Chiefs stole the show with a late comeback to earn a point in the decisive encounter.

Zimbabwean International Ovidy Karuru scored a first half brace inside ten minutes, netting in the 12th and 22nd minutes before Chiefs fought back in the second half with South African international Nkosingiphile Ngcobo sparking the fight back with a goal in the 69th minute.

Before Khama Billiat scored a last-gasp goal after 86 minutes to complete the comeback.

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As expected, his exceptional hold-up play complemented his hard work in midfield as he provided support to the defenders of the team whenever they lost possession.

The opening minutes of the game were fairly uneventful and out of nowhere the visitors took the lead in the 12th minute.

Amakhosi keeper Itumeleng Khune in attempting to clear the ball way up field was unable to get the distance on his clearance.

Instead he directed the ball straight into the path of Karuru who took a few steps forward before driving the ball from distance home into an empty net.

It was a rare error by Chiefs’ always-reliable skipper.

Ten minutes, Mumuni Abubakar begin the build-up to Leopard’s second goal of the game, when the Liberian-born-Ghanaian midfielder shifts the ball over to Tebogo Makobela, who than made a beautiful cross over the Chiefs defence and found the unmarked Karuru, who had only Khune beat as he carefully converted to put Leopards 2-0 up.

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In the 25th minute Zimbabwean Khama Billiat had a chance to cut the arrears but volleyed the ball over the goal from close range.

In the midst of that Liberian Mumuni Abubakar himself had a chance to score but Chiefs goalkeeper Khune came out at the right time to denied Abubakar from scoring a well taken effort in the 37th minute.

The Chiefs skipper blocked what looked like a goal-bound shot from Abubakar legs.

In the 39th minute, a driven effort at goal by Makobela got a feint deflection by Philani Zulu which sent the ball just wide of the Chiefs goal and out for a corner.

Abubakar was born in Liberia to a Ghanaian father and Liberian mother, the 27-year-old was once invited by Italian coach Roberto Landi to feature for the Lone Star in a crucial AFCON qualifying match, but was made to sit as substitue for the entire 90minutes of the game that Zimbabwe won 3-0.

Meanwhile, Abubakar a former member of the Ghana National U-17 is yet to make an official appearance for the BlackStar, thus far making him still eligible to switch his allegaince to the Lone Star of Liberia.

He is a former player of New Edubiase United and Mamelodi Sundowns.

By Emmanuel wise Jipoh

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