Port Harcourt - Bernard Ovoke was the match winner for Rivers United as they overpowered Niger Tornadoes 1-0 in a Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) game decided on Sunday at the Yakubu Gowon Stadium, Port Harcourt.
Ovoke cut in from the right and curled home an unstoppable effort past the despairing Niger Tornadoes goal keeper, Mustapha Aliko in the 22nd minute.
It turned out to be the only goal of the contest as United remained in third spot on the NPFL table, two points adrift of the leaders, Wikki Tourists.
Ovoke and Guy Kuemian missed excellent chances to extend the lead of United in the first half but it was the visitors that had the best chance of an exciting opening period.
Clumsy defending by Olalekan Gabriel gifted the Minna club a penalty in the 33rd minute but Gabriel Wassa dragged his effort wide from 12 yards off Sunday Rotimi’s left hand post.
Clear cut opportunities were few and far between in the second half.
Ovoke wasted the best chance of the half as he shot straight at Aliko in the 54th minute.
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Wassa hit the side-netting late on as the visitors tried to claim an equalizer.
The score would remain the same despite efforts by both teams to change it.
Rivers United now seats on the 3rd spot on the league table with 41 points from 24 games, while Tornadoes with 32 points from 24 matches, occupy 13th place on the standings..
News24 reported that Ovoke was suspended for ‘his actions that border on anti-club activities and gross indiscipline’. The player was later forgiven after he apologised.
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- News24 Nigeria