NPL Playoffs: Rivers United End Insurance Unbeaten Run, Regain Top Spot

June 9th, 2023

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Rivers United reclaimed the top spot on the Nigeria Premier League Super Six playoff table with a 2-1 victory against Bendel Insurance.

The title holders also ended Bendel Insurance’s 21-game unbeaten streak in the NPL.

Both teams struggled in the hot weather at the Mobolaji Johnson Arena in the opening minutes and were unable to create any clear-cut chances.

Reliable forward Morice Chukwu, however, gave Rivers United the lead at the stroke of halftime.

Chukwu slotted the ball home after Insurance defenders failed to clear the ball following a corner kick.

Substitute Joseph Onoja added the second a minute before stoppage time after he was set up by Ukeme Williams.

Bendel Insurance reduced the deficit deep into stoppage time through Divine Nwachukwu.

It was Nwachukwu’s third goal in the competition.

Rivers United top the standings with eight points from four games.

The Port Harcourt club will take on Enyimba in their final game of the playoffs on Sunday, while Bendel Insurance will be up against Remo Stars.


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