Akwa United are 2016 Nigeria Professional Football League Super 4 champions


Akwa United have been crowned champions of the 2016 Nigeria Professional Football League Super Four pre-season tournament held in Kaduna and Uyo.

The Promise Keepers drew 0-0 with Nigerian champions Enyimba at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium on Friday night to emerge champions of the 2016 edition.

With Nasarawa United losing 1-0 to Warri Wolves in the first match of the day, Akwa United needed a draw while the People’s Elephants knew victory would see them lift the trophy for the second time in three years.

The draw meant that Akwa United have now won two trophies on the trot, following their Federation Cup win last year – albeit the Super 4 being a non-competitive tournament.

Yusuf Adio had the first chance of the game from close range but he missed in the fifth minute. In the eigth minute, the lively Ubong Ekpai carved an opening for himself. His tame shot was saved by Theophilus Afelokhai in goal for Enyimba.

Enyimba then burst to life with Andrew Abologu bombarding his way to Akwa United’s area before pulling the trigger. The former ABS attacker saw his audacious drive palmed away by lanky shot stopper Olufemi Kayode.

Afelokhai was the busier of the two goalkeepers. He twice denied Ubong Friday and Ekpai as the first half of ended 0-0.

Enyimba tried to break the hearts of the roaring home fans with the match winner but the Akwa defence-line was resolute in their approach.

Akwa United begin their maiden campaign on the continent when they visit Vita Club Mokanda of Congo next weekend in the preliminary round of the Caf Confederation Cup.