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How Rivers United won NPFL trophy

By Oviri Kelvin, Sports Editor

Rivers United have been crowned champions of the Nigeria Professional Football League(NPFL) 2021/2022 season after their contender and fierce rivals for the season, Plateau United, fell to a 2-1 defeat at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium, Uyo, on Saturday.

The home side Akwa United on matchday 35 against the second-placed visitors on NPFL chart, got a late winner to dash the hopes of the latter while they ignite theirs towards qualifying for a continental football next season.

Daniel Onovo banged the first goal in 10 minutes of the game to hand Akwa United the lead before the Jos’ boys responded 8 minutes after the start of the second half to tally the scoreline through the effort of Jesse Akila.

Both teams struggled to take the lead with Plateau United eager to close ranks after they drew their previous match against Gombe United in Jos on matchday 34. The Trumpet Gathered

However, Akwa United in nick of time after the 90′, edged Plateau United to steal a late winner when Leo Ezekiel prodded on a pass that shook the visitors’ net.

Meanwhile, Rivers United play Nassarawa United at the Jos Township Stadium today Sunday, where a guard of honour is expected to be mounted for the new NPFL champions.

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According to the Pride of Rivers, who won the league with four outstanding matches left on the NPFL fixtures, their five years wait for a league triumph have ended in praise.

In a statement tagged, “RIVERS UNITED WIN 2021/22 NIGERIA PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE TITLE WITH FOUR GAMES TO SPARE”, Rivers United claimed they have an unassailable 10 points lead over Plateau United with three games left.

“Rivers United’s 5-year Nigeria Professional Football League title wait ended on Saturday as they were confirmed as NPFL champions courtesy of second-placed Plateau United’s 2-1 loss at Akwa United,” the club said.

Prior to this outcome, coach Stanley Eguma had always displaced the assumption that Rivers United have won the title, reiterating that he does not want to be distracted from the target.

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