Nigeria Super League: Kada Stars continue winning streak
Match day two continued with impressive displays from all clubs accompanied with skills, speed, stamina and magnificent goals.
Kada Stars continued their impressive run of form as they made it two from two after goals from John Peters sealed the victory.
After a hard fought 1-0 victory against Stallions in their first game, they went ahead with another 2-0 win over IGP Flickers who lost 3-0 in their first game against Police Machine.
John Peters gave Kada stars the lead in the 15th minute before adding the second in the 56th minute of the game.
After a convincing victory on match day one, Police Machine engaged Delta Force in their second game of the league with an aim of a second victory. However, Delta Force who had lost to holders Niger Flickers on match day one after playing so well knew another loss will dash their hopes of making it to Africa.
A penalty corner in the 12th minute and Delta Force were up. Kichme Gomerep expertly converted the penalty corner to register his first goal in the league. The goal sparked life into Police Machine who mounted pressure on the Force in search of an equaliser.
The pressure yielded numerous penalty corners but Police Machine failed to utilise. The goal finally came in the 25th minute when Olayinka deflected a hit from 25 yards into the goalpost to restore parity. The game ended 1-1.
Olayinka Henry has now scored a goal in his last two games for Police Machine.
Nasarawa Flickers were no match for Niger Flickers who beat them 5-1 to go clear top of the table. The holders continued from where they stopped on match day one.
A huge win though but it took the champions 25 minutes to get the opener. A foul in the scoring circle earned the holders a penalty stroke and Aliyu Iddris made no mistake slotting home. The tally was increased this time from a penalty corner as Ciroma Abubakar made a beautiful conversion. If Abubakar’s penalty corner was a wonderful piece then Adamu Kolo’s effort was a master piece. The skipper gave the champions a 3-0 lead from a penalty corner.
Usman Mustapha reduced the deficit but the three goal cushion was restored as Aliyu grabbed his brace. Two penalty corners, two goals as skipper Kolo wrapped up for the holders.
Faluyi Ezekiel, Tunde Muiz and Tobi Olowoyeye scored a goal each to help Stallions get their first victory with a 3-1 win over Yobe Desert Roller.
In the women’s category, defending champions, Kada queens started their title defense with a 2-0 win over Delta queens.
Ikiriko Bonuegha gave the champions the lead after 25 minutes. A well ejected penalty corner capped with a fine stopped got the ball into Ikiriko’s path who unleashed a rocket into the bottom left corner for the opener.
The best package was reserved for the 56th minute when Uwagboe Noredia scored the goal of the day. She received the ball 10 yards outside the scoring circle. With great skill and stick work, she jinked her way into the scoring circle and with a tomahawk, scored the second with four minutes to spare.
Maclean Chinonyerem’s second goal of the tournament was not enough as River angels lost to Yobe Desert queens.
Odume Ogechi made it 1-0 for Yobe in the 3rd minute before Jockey Lillian increased the tally ten minutes later. Maclean pulled one back but her goal was not enough as time run out for Yobe to register a win.
Plateau queens and Benue Amazons took to the turf for the last game of the day. Both teams lacked the scoring ability as the game travelled three quarters without a goal.
With four minutes to play, Bulls Christy grabbed the winner from a penalty corner to break the hearts and hopes of the Amazon team.