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Super Eagles ex-winger suffers first defeat as Enyimba manager during NPFL game

By News Desk

A Super Eagles former winger, Finidi George, has suffered the first defeat of his reign as manager of a Nigerian football club, Enyimba, after Rivers United defeated his team at home 1-0.

During the game played at the Aba Township Stadium, Enyimba popularly called the Aba Elephant, conceded the only goal of the game at the 51st minute and was scored by Rivers United player, Ishaq Kayode.

Following outcome of the game, Enyimba’s impressive start to the season has been halted after they were condemned to a home defeat in the Week 3 of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL).

Before Wednesday’s outing, George’s side had enjoyed a five-game winning streak; including two in the current NPFL season.

However, Ishaq’s goal in the 51st minute ended Enyimba’s splendid run with the player volleying the ball past goalkeeper, Olorunleke Ojo, to record his fourth goal of the season.

And as hard as Enyimba tried to salvage a point, they were denied by the stout defending of the Garden City team that ensure they did not make any wrong decision.

Meanwhile, at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, MFM recorded their first win of the season by beating Plateau United by a lone goal. Roland Precious’ header earned the Olukoya boys their desired three points against the Peace Boys.

In Ikenne, Ogun State, newly promoted Remo Stars dropped points for the first time this season as they were held to a draw by Nasarawa United as the Sky Blues continued their unbeaten start to the season.

The defending champions, Akwa United, got a late winner against one of the NPFL newbies, Gombe United, at the Nest of Champions, in Uyo.

The goal came through their player, Ubong Friday, who converted the all-important penalty that sealed victory for Akwa United.

Also, the poor run currently been experienced by Shooting Stars of Ibadan popularly called the Oluyole Warriors, continued as they were pipped 2-1 in Markurdi by Lobi Stars.

Despite leading in the first half with a goal from Akilu Mohammed, Lobi Stars came back into the game with Adams Olamilekan’s 61st-minute goal before Charles Tambe sealed the comeback victory with a goal in the 72nd minute for the host team.

Both Heartland and Kwara United won their home game against Dakkada and Wikki tourist respectively. Only Rivers United secured maximum points away from home on Wednesday.

After three rounds of matches, Remo Stars, Akwa United, and Rivers United are joint top with seven points. At the bottom of the log is Katsina United with zero points from two matches while Kano Pillars and Sunshine Stars have one point each.

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