Akwa United recorded their first win of the 2020-2021 Nigeria professional football league season with a 2 – 1 win over Abia Warriors at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium on Saturday.
The Promise keepers took the lead inside six minutes through talisman Ndifreke Effiong.
Abia Warriors hit back in the 27th minutes and it was former Akwa United player Harrison Ibukun who scored the goal.
Akwa United restored their advantage three minutes before the hour mark from the penalty spot after Abia Warriors goalkeeper Vincent Edafe was adjudged to have fouled Wisdom Fernando inside the box.
Ndifreke Effiong stepped up and converted from the spot to give Promise Keepers the lead once more.
Abia Warriors responded and almost equalized in the 64th minutes, Fatai Abdullahi received the ball from Lukman Bello and his shot from close range went straight to the arms of Jean Efala.
Effiong almost got his third four minutes later, but his effort from 20 yards comes off the frame of goal.
Effiong continued to trouble the Warriors’ defense and almost grabbed his hattrick after latching onto Jean Efala’s ball, but he shoots wide from a very narrow-angle with open net gaping after leaving Abia Warriors goalkeeper in cold.
Akwa United held on for the maximum points for the first time this season while Imama Amapakabo’s side remains without a point after three games.
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