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Nigeria Super League: Sunday stuns Flickers on Tuesday

A perfect start doesn’t guarantee a perfect finish. There are always times where the unthinkable happens in competitions and the 2018 Nigeria Super League is no exception.

There are times when an underdog stuns a favorite: This is what makes a tournament competitive. The Nigeria Super League continues to be unpredictable as it unfolds.

Three time champions and holders, Niger Flickers were stunned in their fourth match of the league against a spirited Stallion side. The champions were tipped to have an easy one against a side who had not been convincing so far.

Three wins in three games, 13 goals scored and one conceded- Niger Flickers were looking indispensable and indestructible.

Contrasting style of play as both teams set out for the maximum. Niger Flickers looked the brighter side as they had chances in the opening minutes to go up but failed to convert. A minute of total silence was witnessed in the 25th minute when Stallions surprisingly took the lead. Muiz Bello made a quick run through the right and his slap hit found Salawu Sikiru who deflected the ball into the path of the unmarked Ogukuru Sunday to slot home the opener.

The defending champions were down for the first time in this year’s league. They started the second half much better a side and it almost paid off. Numerous chances amidst penalty corners but the likes of Kolo and Aliyu couldn’t make it count.

Stallions held onto the lead soaking all pressure and defending penalty corners very well till the final whistle. The game ended 1-0 in favor of Stallions.

Niger Flickers’ shocking defeat brought a bit of courage to Kada stars who were next against Nasarawa Flickers.

Kada stars took advantage of Niger Flickers’ slip with a 2-1 victory over Nasarawa Flickers in the next match. Kada stars played like champions from the start of the game with good attacking play coupled with great defending and goalkeeping.

John Sumaila gave them the deserved lead in the 24th minute. A well rehearsed penalty corner – wonderful ejection, great stop and John’s drag flicked effort into the too right corner made it 1-0 advantage Kada Stars.

The jubilation lasted for 60 seconds as Haruna Ovey leveled for Nasarawa. John restored the lead again a minute later courtesy another brilliant penalty corner. That was all the match could offer in terms of goals. Kada stars earned all three maximum points to move three points clear ahead of Niger Flickers.

The third game followed with another shocking result. 

Delta Force engaged IGP Flickers in a six goal thriller. IGP Flickers who had not scored in their previous three matches managed to register three goals and hold Delta to a 3-3 drawn game.

60 seconds into the game and Delta were 1-0 up. Bernard Wilson with  a sensational run from the right into the scoring circle only to unleash a thunderbolt to break the deadlock. An early goal against the whipping boys and all predicted doom for IGP.

However, Awasa Augustine turned the hero as he grabbed the equaliser in the 6th minute. He stepped up again to put IGP in the lead for the first time in the match and tournament as a whole. Delta responded quickly with an equaliser through Adamson Edward who scored again to restore their lead in the 42nd minute.

The jubilant mood was cut short when Awasa scored his and IGP’s third to level the scores and split the points.

Police Machine were also held by Yobe Desert Roller. The game ended 1-1.

 

In the women category, Kada queens returned to winning ways with a slim victory over Benue Amazons. After being held by River angels on day 3, the holders approached this game strong and tactical. Benue Amazons proved difficult to penetrate and beat but could not hold on for long as they succumbed to 1-0 defeat.

This victory paved way for another pulsating clash as River angels engaged Delta queens.

Delta queens lost narrowly to River angels who are getting better every match day. Holding Kada queens has not been easy for years now and doing so meant River angels were a difficult side to beat. The game ended 1-0 in favor of River angels.

The final game for match day four ended with both teams earning a point after fantastic displays.

Heartland IMO played a 1-1 drawn game with Yobe queens who are finding it tough in this year’s league.

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