7 April 2017
Rivers United bounced back from last weekend’s defeat at Gombe United to beat ABS FC 2 – 0 in a rescheduled NPFL Match-day nine fixture at the Yakubu Gowon Stadium in Port Harcourt on Thursday.
The game marked the return of Rivers United’s gaffer, Stanley Eguma to the sidelines after serving an in-house one-game suspension. Eguma was suspended by the Management of Rivers United for arriving late for a league match against Plateau United on March 29.
Christian Weli gave the hosts the lead in the 38th minute when he slid home from close range after a lovely run of play from Guy Kuemian.
The goal scorer, Weli was taken off a minute after the goal as he had sustained head injury earlier in the game.
Weli was replaced by Ghanaian import, Godbless Asamoah who eventually got United’s second goal, tapping into an empty net after an assist from Ifeanyi Okeke, eight minutes from regulation time.
The win ended Rivers United’s run of four NPFL games without a victory and took them to 17th on the log. After an impressive performance in the early stage of the league, ABS FC are now in a difficult situation.
The Saraki Boys, 13th on the log, are now winless in six consecutive NPFL matches, their longest since January 2012.
Action continues this weekend as leaders, Plateau United travel away to face Champions, Enugu Rangers. Third placed MFM FC hosts El-Kanemi Warriors who are in the second position while Rivers United hosts Abia Warriors.
MATCH DAY 18 (9TH APRIL, 2017)
Katsina United FC vs Enyimba Int’l FC
Rangers Int’l FC vs Plateau United FC
Wikki Tourists FC vs Gombe United FC
Rivers United FC vs Abia Warriors FC
ABS FC vs Nasarawa United FC
MFM FC vs El-Kanemi Warriors FC
Kano Pillars FC vs Akwa United FC
Shooting Stars FC vs Niger Tornadoes FC
Lobi Stars FC vs FC Ifeanyiubah
Sunshine Stars FC vs Remo Stars FC
Author: Timilehin Boyinde
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