Nigeria Super League: Niger Flickers, Kada stars continue unbeaten run
As the the days pass, the action gets better. With Nigeria hosting the ACCC later this year, the Super league has become more competitive as both favorites and underdogs want to represent the nation on home soil.
Predicting the outcome of matches as they unfold has become impossible with clubs getting better every passing minute. The glittering trophy and qualification slot to ACCC has always been the motivating factor for years but the thought of the tournament being hosted in Nigeria this year gives an extra boost to the clubs.
Delta Force started the match day in a thrilling encounter with Nasarawa Flickers. It is evident Delta gets better as they progress in the competition. A loss on match day one was followed with a 1-1 drawn game on day two. Day three brought hopes back to Delta Force as they beat Nasarawa 3-1.
Nasarawa who had conceded 8 goals in their opening two games started the game well organised defensively making it difficult for Delta to penetrate. Nonetheless, the deadlock had to be broken and no other team than Delta Force courtesy Adamson Edward in the 43rd minute. The resilience of the Nasarawa defence seemed to have faded out as Delta increased their tally from Bernard Wilson’s stick. Adamson grabbed his brace and Delta’s third in the 53rd minute to put the game beyond Nasarawa’s reach.
After failing to grab all three points against Delta Force, last year’s runners up Police Machine managed a slim victory over Stallions in the day’s second game. The story looked different for Police: the matches became difficult as the tournament progressed.
Godwin Sunday produced the magic on Monday when he got the opener in the 20th minute. Police Machine tried to increase the tally and Stallions pushed for an equalizer but none materialised as the final whistle went.
Heavy downpour, cold weather but neither could prevent Kada stars from registering their 3rd win in as many games over Yobe Desert Roller. Very eager and anxious to continue their perfect start and winning streak, Kada stars started the game on a high offensive note and got rewarded.
A penalty corner in the 7th minute was perfectly worked out and Kelvin Linus the benefactor as he got the opener for Kada. Parity was restored in the 18th minute courtesy Bala Husseni who scored his first goal of the competition. The game was delayed for 15 minutes after the first half due to the rain.
This however did not affect the playing style of kada stars who started the second quarter with a more attacking mindset. Pressure was mounted on the Yobe defence and Baccas Benjamin scored to put Kada ahead again. Yobe fought back to score and earn a point but time was not on their side. The whistle went, the match ended and Kada stars won 2-1.
The trophy is likely to be defended as holders, Niger Flickers with another scintillating performance put five past IGP Flickers.
Two quick penalty corners in the opening minutes but the holders failed to make any count. The third penalty corner was awarded in the 5th minute and Adamu Kolo made no mistake this time around, slotting home the opener. Another penalty corner and it was 2-0. Aliyu Jauro was at the right spot to deflect home Kolo’s penalty corner in the 11th minute.
Muazu Shanwaalu and Umar Danladi scored a goal each before Aliyu got his brace in the 56th minute to cap a superb performance. Niger Flickers won the game 5-0.
The holders have now scored 6 goals from penalty corners and a total 13 goals.
The ladies division produced a similar fashion: entertaining, end to end, pulsating action.
Defending champions, Kada queens were held by River Angels. The holders started on a bright note showing glimpses of great attacking. Another three points could have pushed them closer to defending the title but River angels had other plans
The game ended Kada queens 1-1 River angels
Determined to clinch the ultimate this time around, last year’s losing finalists Yobe queens came from behind to beat Benue Amazon 2-1.
In the last game of match day 3, Plateau queens made it two wins in a row with a 2-0 victory over Heartland IMO.