Akwa United crush Kwara United as Rangers NPFL woes continue

Akwa United crush Kwara United as Rangers NPFL woes continue

On Monday, Akwa United defeated Kwara United 3-1 in the remaining fixture of Match Day 15 of the 2022/23 Nigeria Premier Football League (NPFL) at the Nest of Champions, Uyo.

The Uyo-based club, who had lost the first leg 2-1 in Ilorin, got off to a strong start with effective attacking plays and numerous chances to score goals.

Taiye Muritala gave Akwa United the lead in the 19th minute after converting one of the opportunities to start the scoring with a fierce strike into the top left corner.

Cyril Olisema completed a swift offensive play in the 27th minute as the home team did not give up and increased its lead.

Ubong Friday made it 3-0 soon before halftime, and Akwa entered the intermission with their heads held high.

Samad Kadiri quickly brought a goal back for Kwara United five minutes into the second half after the team had made significant improvements.

Both teams made an effort to increase the score, but Akwa United held on for the significant victory without scoring any additional goals.

After losing to Plateau United in Jos the previous time, Akwa turned things around with the victory.

With the victory, they climb up to second place in Group A with 25 points, while Kwara, who has lost their previous five games, drops to seventh with just three points above relegation.

In the other game of the day, Enugu Rangers were held to a 1-1 draw by Dakkada FC.

Rangers had taken the lead in Uyo on 13 minutes through Austin Onyemaechi.

However, the seven-time league champion’s lead lasted 10 minutes when Kufre Ebong headed home Ifeanyi Assurance’s free kick to level the score after 23 minutes.

Rangers have now gone 5 straight games without a win and they’ve taken just four points from 15 possible points in that period.

They’re currently seventh in Group B, and just 4 points above the relegation zone while Dakkada are ninth on the table with 12 points.