Akwa Starlets will battle Jigawa Golden Stars for the top prize in the Nigeria National League on Sunday as both sides clash in the Super 4 final.
On Friday in Asaba, Akwa Starlets edged out Warri Wolves in the late game while Adamawa United was victorious over Jigawa Golden Stars.
The early game of the day ended 8-7 on penalty shootout, Adamawa United the winner after Full Time ended 1-1.
Paul Chinedu opened scores for Adamawa United in the 77th minute while Ibrahim Mujahid equalised in the 84th minute taking the game straight to the shootout.
The second game was between two coaches who had previously worked together. Ngozi Elechi was Technical Adviser of Go Round FC three seasons ago when they gained promotion to the NPFL with Caleb Esu as his assistant.
Now both were head coaches, Elechi at Warri Wolves and Esu at Akwa Starlets.
After a goalless Full Time, Akwa Starlets won the shootout 3-1.
“I just want to thank God for the results that we have been getting, even in the regular season, Esu told NigerianFootballer.com after the game.
“It has not been easy but I know these boys that I train play to my instructions and that was what helped us this evening.
“If you looked at the game well and how we played this season, you will know that these boys are tutored by a coach who is qualified,” Esu said.
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Ngozi Elechi described the loss as a painful one, adding that they will strive for a 3rd place finish in their classification game against Jigawa Golden Stars.
“We want to be grateful. It is painful we lost but I must commend my boys for going this far. I am also delighted with how they played today,” Elechi told NigerianFootballer.com.
“Against Jigawa in the third-place match we want to win because I have been in this competition before and I won it with Go Round FC, then Jigawa Stars is a club I played for many years back,” Elechi said.
Saturday is a day of rest as Warri Wolves take on Jigawa Golden Stars on Sunday in the classification game while Adamawa United will be up against Akwa Starlets to determine the champions of the division.
All four clubs have already qualified to play in the Nigeria Professional Football League next season.