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El Kanemi Dry Up Rivers United





El Kanemi Warriors have moved to second place in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) after beating Rivers United 2-1 in Maiduguri on Sunday.

Mathias Samuel and Yahuza Bala netted the decisive goals for the hosts while Onoriode Odah netted in the final minute of stoppage time for the ‘Pride of Rivers’

The big news before kick-off was that the Rivers United technical manager, Stanley Eguma had made ten changes to the side that beat FUS Rabat 1-0 four days earlier in the CAF Confederation Cup.


In the absence of so many regulars, United clearly struggled for fluency in a first half of little quality.

They however improved in the second half but Bala’s goal late on knocked the wins off their sails.

Odah’s late strike was nothing more than academic in the end as the Warriors secured vital points.

Second-placed El Kanemi Warriors have now amassed 36 points from 21 matches while 12th place Rivers United have 27 points from 21 matches.


Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and the country’s most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022.

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