A goal in each half from Ekunta Etenfa and Chidi Nwachukwu gave Go Round FC a 2-0 win over visiting My People FC in continuation of the Nigeria National League.
After what was looking like a scoreless first half, captain of the home side, Nelson Esor, in the 44th minute decided to take matters into his hands, driving the ball at his feet into the eighteen yard box before he was hacked down and a penalty promptly given.
Ekunta Etenfa stepped up to bury the kick behind goalkeeper, Vincent Adejoh.
At the start of the second period, coach Ngozi Elechi rang some changes, bringing in Ugwu Onyedikachi for Igani Bomatedo in the 50th minute and then Abraham Deekor for Ekunta Etenfa in the 51st but My People FC held on to keep the Go Round FC attackers at bay.
In the 61st minute, Atia Yusuf of My People FC brought on Gregory Seboh for Shalibe Mordi and then Azeez Yakubu for Okpave Edwin four minutes later.
With desperation setting in, Ugwu Onyedikachi got a yellow card in the 66th minute for playing the ball into the net long before the whistle for offside had sounded.
It was ten minutes left on the clock when Elechi threw on Osinachi Emenike for Nelson Esor and with the minutes ticking away Chidi Nwachukwu created space in the box for himself before shooting behind Adejoh, his third of the season.
My People FC coach, Atia Yusuf was not disappointed in the loss, describing his side as a work in progress.
“It is football. We will go back home and correct the mistakes,” Yusuf said.
“I am not bothered about the penalty but the second goal my boys conceded is what annoyed me, but we did better today than against Gateway at home last week which we won.” he said.
Go Round FC coach, Ngozi Elechi said it seemed as though his boys underrated their opponents.
“Because their name is My People FC does not make them a weak side and have nothing to offer. So I was not happy about underrating them because that is what happened today.
“I had to be worried because for us to be in the Premier League my players need to live up to expectations. They beat Gateway FC last week so they are a crack side,” Elechi said
Ngozi however added that it was not a bad game for his side as they scored two goals at home for the first time this season.
Go Round will next be on the road to Osun United in Osogbo.
Infantino Reveals How Nigeria Can Host FIFA Competitions
FIFA President, Gianni Infantino last Thursday, in Abuja, revealed how Nigeria can be made a destination for top Grade A football matches and FIFA competitions.
Infantino gave the insight when the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare took him on a tour of the renovated main bowl of the MoshoodAbiola National Stadium.
The FIFA boss, who was visibly happy with the re-grassed pitch at the stadium, said well-maintained stadia with good pitches were key to hosting grade A matches.
He said FIFA was ready to work more closely with Nigeria to develop the game and host more grade A matches in the country.
“We (FIFA) have to make sure when a country, when a government with the President, the minister and private persons are investing in football, in stadia, we work with them to give something back.
“It’s obvious that stadiums like this (MoshoodAbiola stadium) and others in Nigeria deserve the best quality games.
“They deserve top national team games, top club games and it’s not just about Nigerian football or African football, it’s about global football.
“We are working together to see what kind of new opportunities, competitions we can bring for men and women to fill this stadium and make the heart of the stadium beat for the fantastic spectacle that all of the Nigerian love, which is football,” he said.
Earlier, the minister said the Federal Government will continue to invest in sports development and facilities.
Tidesports source reports that the FIFA President, in the company of the minister, had earlier visited President Muhammadu Buhari at the Statehouse, as part of his engagement.
Why NFF Must Offset Rohr’s Salaries, Bonuses – Aikhomogbe
Former Nigerian goal keeper, Andrew Aikhomogbe has called on the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) to resolve every outstanding salaries and bonuses owed to the Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr before the next World Cup qualifiers against Central Africa Republic (CAR).
Aikhomogbe made this known on the backdrop of the football body’s recent deal with Baba Ijebu.
Although the financial details of the deal was not disclosed, Aikhomogbe in an interview with Newsmen from his base in Cairo, Egypt, stated that the NFF should use this platform to offset Rohr’s salaries and bonuses.
“It’s a big delight to know that the Nigeria Football Federation have signed a deal with Baba Ijebu and this will serve as an opportunity for them to use part of the money to pay Rohr’s salaries and bonuses.
“There is no better time to motivate him than now before Nigeria’s next 2022 World Cup qualifiers against the Central Africa Republic (CAR) on October,” he said.
Enyimba Players Vow To Support Finidi
Enyimba FC Goalkeeper, John Noble has stated that the players of the People’s Elephants will be key to the success of the newly appointed coach of the team, Finidi George.
Finidi, signed a two-year deal with Enyimba and oversaw his first full training session with the team on Thursday after a cameo appearance on Wednesday.
Speaking in a chat with Tidesports source, Noble gave his assessment of the coach in his first session under the manager and believes the former Super Eagles winger has what it takes to lead the team to the next level.
He added that the Enyimba players will be the ones to hand Finidi George his success at the club.
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