Akwa United continue to fight for their NPFL title dreams
Akwa United’s dreams of winning their first NPFL title is still in play with their 61st point after their 1-1 draw with Rivers United. However, their opponents are only three points behind with Nasarawa United and Kano Pillars sitting with 58 points to their names.
Charles Atshimene took the 1-0 lead for Akwa in the 53rd minute and they were on the way to a 1-0 win over Rivers. Unfortunately for Akwa, they didn’t get the result they wanted because Bamba Bakary equalized for Rivers in the 87th minute. They ended the game with a tied score at one goal apiece.
Akwa would’ve opened up a five-point lead at the top of the table but alas, they have to wait a little bit longer before they can secure the league title. If they lose and their opponents win, they will be tied with those teams. This was a big result in the title race because it draws the chasers near to the league leaders.
It will be hard to secure the title with a mere three-point lead because the likes of Nasarawa and Kano will take advantage of that. Akwa needed this win because it could’ve given them the cushion they needed to secure the victory against Rivers. The last-minute goal is more meaningful than most people realize because it can be the deciding factor between an easy title win for Akwa and another team winning the league.
Both Nasarawa and Kano won their respective last games with the former winning over MFM. Silas Nwankwo scored his 15th goal of the season which puts him in pole position for the Golden Boot.
On the other hand, Kano bounced back from a loss by beating Akwa Starlets two goals to none. Rabiu Ali and David Ebuka Odenigbo were the two goal scorers. They scored within two minutes of each other which further stamped Kano’s battle for the title. They want to win but it looks like they will have to work harder than this because their main rivals are thriving.
Akwa is the favourite to win the title with their lead in the standings but both Nasarawa and Kano shouldn’t be counted out of the race.
Words: Cholo Martin