Two of Nigeria’s biggest clubs, 3SC and Bendel Insurance, began their bid for promotion to the top division on different notes on the opening day of the NNL playoff on Sunday.
Insurance ran out 3-0 winners over Delta Force while 3SC suffered a 0-3 defeat to Remo Stars.
The match between Insurance and Delta Force looked like no contest in the early minutes as the former cruised into a two-goal lead.
Veteran forward Charles Omokaro opened scoring on 12 minutes and three minutes later winger Michael Enaruna doubled the lead as Delta Force looked out of sorts.
Delta Force’s day went from bad to worse as Nduka Eze was sent off just before the break.
In the second half, Emmanuel Uangboje put the icing on the cake for Insurance who will face Remo Stars on Monday.
Former Nigerian champions 3SC got their promotion quest off to a poor start in the late kickoff at the Enyimba Stadium in Aba.
The Oluyole Warriors were hit three-nil by Remo Stars who are now joint top leaders with Bendel Insurance in the Southern Conference group of the Nigeria National League (NNL) playoff.
Edoka Owoicho got Remo’s noses in front 10 minutes before the break while Abiodun Awoyemi and ex-Enyimba man Olufemi Oladapo scored a goal each to add to the misery of 3SC who failed to take their own chances.
NORTHERN CONFERENCE OF DRAWS
The Northern Conference of the NNL Super 8 playoff produced two draws in two matches. In the first game, Gombe United were held to a 1-1 draw by Kogi United as Ibrahim Enesi cancelled out Joseph Onoja’s early strike.
Kada City and Real Stars played out an exciting 2-2 draw later on Sunday. Emmanuel Kelvin got things going for Real Stars before Kabiru Sanusi evened the scores in this contest of two Kaduna clubs. Kada City took the lead just after the hour mark through Jamilu Coker but Daniel George ensured Real Stars shared the points at the death.
The NNL Super 8 playoff continues on Monday with four matches.
DAY 1 RESULTS
Gombe United 1-1 Kogi United
Kada City 2-2 Real Stars
Bendel Insurance 3-0 Delta Force
Remo Stars 3-0 3SC
DAY 2 FIXTURES
Real Stars vs Gombe United
Kogi United vs Kada City
Delta Force vs 3SC
Bendel Insurance vs Remo Stars
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