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NPFL Invitational: Home Eagles Outscore Enyimba, Reach Final

NPFL Invitational: Home Eagles Outscore Enyimba, Reach Final

By Adeboye Amosu in Kano: The home-based Super Eagles have progressed into the final of the Nigeria Professional Football League invitational tournament following a 1-0 win against Enyimba in their Group A clash at the Sani Abacha Stadium here in Kano on Friday, reports Completesportsnigeria.com.

Sunday Faleye who shone in the NPFL for relegated Shooting Stars of Ibadan last season scored the winning goal for the Super Eagles in the 56th minute.

Salisu Yusuf’s charges top the group with four points ahead of Plateau United and Enyimba who finished in second and third position with two and one points respectively.

Yusuf made 10 changes to the team that played against NPFL champions Plateau United on Wednesday with only Stephen Eze retaining his place in the starting line-up.

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The team was impressive right from the start with Austin Oladapo and Dayo Ojo pulling the strings in midfield.

The first chance of the game fell to Faleye in the seventh minute but he directed his header off the post following a beautiful cross from Ifeanyi Nweke.

The impressive Faleye was causing problems for the Enyimba defence and on 11 minutes he teed up Ojo who failed to direct his shot on goal.

Enyimba who looked out of sorts up till that moment were left off the hook again in the 15th minute when Emeka Ogbuh’s shot hit the woodwork.

Ojo came close again for the Home Eagles in the 27th minute, his effort going narrowly wide with Enyimba goalkeeper Fatau Dauda well beaten.

The Home Eagles upped their game after the break with Eze and Oladapo coming close to breaking the deadlock for the team.

They were however left off the hook on 52 minutes with Stanley Dimgba missing a sitter for Enyimba.

Faleye then broke the deadlock for the Home Eagles in the 56th minute.

The youngster controlled a long ball from Nweke and blasted the ball past Fatau Dauda in the Enyimba goal.

Oladele Ajiboye produced a fine save to deny Freedom Omofowan late on
as Enyimba battled hard to find the leveller.

Ajiboye also denied Chinonso Okonkwo off a free kick in the final minutes of the encounter.

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