Akwa United secure 2-1 win over Sunshine Stars and extend the unbeaten run of the Promise Keepers to ten matches as action resumed in Nigeria Professional Football League.
Mayi who was voted the club’s best midfielder in the first stanza of the league confirmed his quality when he scored from close range in the 68th minute.
Charles Atshimene shot the hosts into an early lead in the 20th minute. Two minutes later, Atshimene gave a fine pass to Mfon Udoh but his strike was stopped by goalkeeper Ariyo.
In the 34th minute, the productive Sadeeq Yusuf scored his 9th goal of the season to put the visitors into the contest.
In the second half, Coach Kennedy Boboye’s team mounted pressure on coach Gbenga Ogunbote’s team until Mayi scored the winner. Waheed Adebayo had a chance to score but his effort went wide. The defeat for Sunshine Stars took their winless run to thirteen matches.
Coach Gbenga Ogunbote says careless defending cost his team victory. “We lost the match to a careless moment and we were unable to make up for it. That is the price for being careless.”
Up next for Akwa United is Dakkada FC while Sunshine Stars will host Jigawa Golden Stars in Akure.
NIGERIA PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE
Matchday 20 Results
Akwa United 2 Sunshine Stars 1
Rangers 2 Enyimba 0
Nasarawa United 2 Kwara United 1
Katsina United 5 Wikki Tourists 1
Plateau United 2 Abia Warriors 1
Adamawa United 0 Heartland FC 1
Rivers United 2 Dakkada FC 0
FC Ifeanyi Ubah vs MFM FC (W/O)
Jigawa Golden Stars 2 Lobi Stars 1