Strikers on rampage, score 25 goals in week 11

3SC players celebrating one of their goals in a recent league game. PHOTO: FEMI ADEBESIN-KUTI.

3SC players celebrating one of their goals in a recent league game. PHOTO: FEMI ADEBESIN-KUTI.

AFTER three weeks of temporary break, the 2014/2015 Globacom Premier League resumed at the weekend with a whopping 25 goals scored in the Week 11 matches played across venues nationwide.

In one of the star matches, played Heartland defeated Bayelsa United 4-1 at home, a victory that gave fans of the ‘Owerri Millionaires’ hope of more victories to come.

Heartland is currently placed ninth on the log.

Another team on the rise is Giwa of Jos, currently topping the chat with 20 points. They defeated FC IfeanyiUbah of Nnewi 2-0 away from home.

The second placed Sunshine Stars of Akure on the road to Abia Warriors by 3-2, while the local derby in Port Harcourt between Dolphins and Sharks ended 1-1.

El Kanemi Warriors of Borno, who has been playing its home matches in Kano, defeated FC Taraba 2-1, while 3SC defeated Lobi Stars 3-0 in a thrilling encounter. It was indeed, a good welcome for the newly engaged Head Coach, Gbenga Ogunbote, who had just left Dolphins of Port Harcourt for the Ibadan outfit.

In Nasarawa, the home team, the Nasarawa United defeated visiting Akwa United 1-0 in Lafia, while one of the returnees to the premier league, Kwara United outclassed Enugu Rangers 3-1, in Ilorin.

According to an official of the League Management Company (LMC), Harry Iwuala, the goals were quite impressive.

“This is just the restarting of the league after three weeks of temporary stoppage; we welcome the goal feast.

“However, the number of goals scored in the league does not determine if a league is vibrant or not, it only helps to provide excitement for fans, as well as add colour to the game.

“Sometimes the defenders can hold the strikers from scoring goals and yet the league will still be spectacular. We like the goals as it adds to the excitement that fans derive from following their teams,’’ Iwuala said.

The LMC had reaffirmed that the 2014/2015 league season would continue with the Week 11 matches after a joint meeting with the club owners in Abuja on June 9.

The premier league body, however, said the match involving Warri Wolves and Kano Pillars scheduled for Warri on June 14 had to be postponed indefinitely because the ‘Seasiders,’ as the Wolves are known, had eight of their players in the Super Eagles and the U-23 team.

But the game was later played on Monday with Warri Wolves beating Pillars 1-0. The Warri Wolves’ players were in the national teams that defeated Chad 2-0 in the Africa Cup of Nations qualifier and the Africa Games qualifier for the soccer event.

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