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NNL relegation play off starts with harvest of goals

Photo: Fans enjoying the matches at the Sanni Abacha Stadium, Kano

It was a goalden start in the NNL play off on Monday at the Sanni Abacha Stadium, Kano.

Sokoto United and FWC Champions of Abuja started it all in a five goal thriller which the boys from the Caliphate won by 3-2 to keep alive their hopes of remaining in the NNL.

Highly rated Edel FC of Awka crumbled like a pack of cards losing 0-4 to Hensards of Yenagoa. Coach Godwin Anosike of Edel blamed the poor start on the fact that he is parading a depleted squad.

Photo: NNL chairman George Aluo (m) , his Vice Hon Khamisu Mailantarki (r) and CEO Emmanuel Attah (l) at the Sanni Abacha Stadium.

The two teams from Lagos Ikorodu United and Smart City played what was the most thrilling match of the day in a game which Smart City managed to secure a 1-0 victory. Ikorodu United in defeat gave a very good account of themselves with the fans at the Sanni Abacha Stadium cheering them. Despite creating several chances the Ikorodu lads failed to find the back of the net.

The NNL play off match day one was watched by thousands of soccer fans who went home impressed with the standard of play and high level performance of the referees who took charge of the matches.