…Rivers United have maintained their victorious streak as they overcome visiting Niger Tornadoes 2-1 in the Match Day 3 fixture of the 2022/23 Nigeria Premier Football League season.

The hosts got to a perfect start in the 7th minute after Kazie Enyinnaya headed home from a corner kick well executed by Chiamaka Madu.

However, in the 15th minute, there was a mild drama after the referee adjudged a goal scored by Niger Tornadoes’ Charles Okafor from a freekick as offside.

Fourteen minutes later, the visitors were awarded a penalty kick after David Okoromi was pushed down inside the area leading the center referee, Faro Abdulrahman to point to the spot.

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Waheed Adebayo stepped up to take the penalty and expertly sent the goalkeeper, Seidu Mutawakilu the wrong way to make the scoreline 1-1.

In the half-hour, Super Eagles defender, Ebube Duru scored from a well-executed free kick to restore the lead as the first half ended 2-1.

At the resumption of the second half, both teams pushed forward but in the 77th minute, the champions had the chance to increase the lead when Maurice Chukwu took a dangerous freekick which brought out the best from the goalkeeper, Lucky Abdullahi who punched the ball away to safety.

In the 82nd minute, Tornadoes equally had their chance to get a point from the game when David Okoromi was one-on-one with the goalkeeper but fluffed the chance. They however continued to pile pressure on their hosts in search of a leveller but it amounted to nothing as the game ended 2-1.