NPFL: Kwara United relocate to Akure

Nigeria Premier Football League side, Kwara United have adopted the Ondo State Sports Complex, Akure as their new home ground for the remainder of the 2022/23 abridged season.

The Harmony Boys played their home games during the first half of the season at the Lekan Salami Stadium in Ibadan due to the ongoing renovation works at their traditional home ground in Ilorin.

In a letter dated March 2, 2023, and signed by the Head of Competition Department, Sunday Obaseki on behalf of the Head of Operations of the NPFL, the approval takes effect from Matchday 10 of the NPFL.

“We are pleased to inform you that the NPFL has approved your request to adopt Akure Township Stadium as your home ground, effective from matchday 10 fixture, Kwara United FC vs El-Kanemi Warriors of Maiduguri.

“You are advised to put all necessary logistics in place at Akure Township Stadium for hitch-free games for the rest of the season”, the letter read in part. The Ondo State Football Association have also been communicated.

While in Ibadan for the first stanza, the Ilorin club recorded just a win in four games with the rest being one defeat and two goalless draws. The poor run of form saw coach Azeez Mohammed resign from his position and has since been replaced by former Wikki Tourists boss Kabiru Dogo.

Dogo, who was unveiled in Ilorin on Tuesday, is familiar with Akure – home of Sunshine Stars – where he spent two seasons and began his reign with the Harmony Boys with a goalless draw at home to Remo Stars before earning a 2-1 away win over El-Kanemi Warriors as the first stanza came to an end.

Kwara United have nine points from nine matches so far and will hope to get their season back on track in Akure when they host El-Kanemi Warriors on matchday 10.

NPFL: Abia Warriors, Rivers United share spoils

Darlington Ovunda was the hero of the day as Abia Warriors and Rivers United played out a barren draw in the NPFL.

The United goalkeeper, Ovunda, made no fewer than seven saves including denying the Warriors a second-half penalty as the defending champions left with a point following a 0-0 draw.

In what was a rescheduled matchday nine (9) encounter in the NPFL, both teams settled for a share of the spoils again in Umuahia.

This article was most recently revised and updated 2 weeks ago

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