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NPFL22: Rivers United round-up season with a win

•Governor Wike presents trophy

By Oviri Kelvin, Sports Editor

Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) champions of 2021-2022 season, Rivers United rounded up their campaign with a win on Sunday against Gombe United at the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium, Port Harcourt.

Rivers United which have been crowned winners of Nigeria’s topflight division before the close of the season, ahead of second-placed Plateau United, opened the scoresheet in the eleventh minute through Chijioke Akuneto.

The Pride of Rivers maintained the scoreline in that regard, preventing the visitors, Gombe United from getting a tally to spoil the special occasion in the presence of sports dignitaries until the referee drew the curtail in the 90′.

Gombe United at the close of the season with a 1-0 defeat yesterday, finished eighth on goals differences on the NPFL log having garnered 52 alongside Enyimba of Aba, Akwa United, and Wikki Tourists while Rivers United earned 77 points, topping Plateau United on 67 with 10 points. The Trumpet Gathered

Meanwhile, Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike at the close of the game, presented Rivers United Football Club with the 2021/2022 Nigeria Professional Football League trophy.

In a report by the Special Assistant to the Governor on Media, Kelvin Ebiri, Governor Wike made the presentation after the match day 38 clash between Rivers United Football Club and Gombe United at the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium on Sunday.

Present at the presentation of the trophy were the Minister of Youths and Sports, Sunday Dare, President, Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick, the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, League Management Company, Mallam Shehu Dikko and Davidson Owumi.

It will be recalled that Rivers United were confirmed winners of the 2021/22 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) on June 26 following Plateau United’s defeat by Akwa United.

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Governor Wike had before the presentation of the trophy charged Rivers United, which will be representing the country at the Confederation of African Football (CAF) Champions League next season to work assiduously
for the continental prize.

The governor assured the Rivers United team and its coaching staff of the resolve of the State government to render every required support that will make the club excel during the Confederation of African Football (CAF) Champions League next season.

Governor Wike disclosed that the state government will ensure that Rivers United players and its management are made comfortable in Port Harcourt.

He announced the reward of one million naira for each member of the team for defeating Gombe United.

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