Early Ahmed Joofow goal proves to be the winner as Mogadishu City see off Midnimo 1-0
Champions Mogadishu City put in yet another excellent defensive performance to see of a spirited Midnimo in narrow victory.
It was the hosts who struck early on. With just five minutes on the clock, left back Zakarie played a lovely diagonal which found Ahmed Joofow. The wide forward controlled the ball before gliding past a challenge and slotting home.
While Mogadishu City were the undoubted favourites for the match it was Midnimo who looked brighter. They were playing expansive football and trying to get in behind on the wings. They nearly got their rewards when Abdallahi's free kick from out wide crashed against the bar, and the following tap-in was ruled offside.
The champions have built a successful side on the back of a strong defence and were happy to play deeper and play direct counter attacking football with the pace of Ahmed Joofow and Majiid constantly making runs in behind the Midnimo defence.
Neither side were able to create much, and once again it was off a free kick where the threat was to be found. This time it was Mogadishu City hitting the woodwork when a free kick was lofted in and centre back Stephane powered in a header from 14 yards which beat the keeper but not the cross bar. With City growing into the game, Midnimo were finding chances few and bar between, but nearly got a fortuitous equaliser when Baanuu's scuffed clearance from a low cross spun up onto his own bar.
The second half began with more of the the same, neither side creating good chances and the game stuttering, but with a host of substitutes being introduced after the hour mark the game was injected with more energy. With both sides opening up chances were created at both ends. First Abdul Qays smashed his shot wide, while Midnimo centre forward Abdullah narrowly missed with his long range effort. Abdullah had another great chance when his shot from a narrow angle was well saved.
Despite the late pressure from Midnimo, the Mogadishu defence was solid and were able to see out yet another 1-0 win this campaign. The victory takes them back to the top ahead of Raadsan. It was their fifth clean sheet from their seven games this season and their third successive 1-0 victory.
While playing well for long spells in the match, Midnimo will ultimately be kicking themselves that they started so slowly and went behind. For all their ball, they were not able to create many clear cut chances from open play. With Elman losing earlier in the weak, Midnimo will not move from eighth, but they remain out of the relegation zone on goal difference alone.
While Mogadishu City Club have Ahmed Joofow to thank for the winning goal, once again it was their solid defence that made the difference in a tight game. The best of the defence today was no doubt Stephane. The centre back was immense in both boxes, imperious in the air and did not concede any chances himself. In attack he hit the bar and forced a great save with powerful headers from tricky angles. Not only was he technically brilliant in defence, but his leadership was on display as he constantly marshalled his back four and was never silent throughout the ninety minutes.
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