Akwa United of Uyo defeated former league champion, Enyimba international, during a week 26 league match at the Uyo township stadium on Wednesday.
The arch rivals battled in the presence of the Akwa United home supporters.
Akwa United has so far kept 10 clean sheet in their last 12 league home matches, and the only goal of the match came at the 46th minute when Kufre Ebong scored with an assist from Ezekiel Bassey, to end Enyimba Internationals run of five matches without defeat.
The Head Coach of Akwa Utd, Patrick Udoh, told journalists after the match that they worked hard for the victory.
“I feel excited. It was a hard-earned victory. We worked hard for it. (Ezekiel) Bassey is always like that. I developed him and gave him confidence to play,” he said.
Enyimba International head coach, Kadiri Ikhana, however blamed his boys for not playing as a team whilst concentrating on defence.
“We played out of our plans. I’ll say we dashed out this game and I’m not happy at all. We refused to play as a team in the first half, rather we concentrated on defending and used up our energy too much,” he said.
He lamented to journalists after the match.
In other matches, Crown FC walloped Nasarawa united in Ibadan with a 3-0 scoreline; El-Kanemi held Lobi stars to a draw at home, while FC Taraba for the first time since week seventh of the 2013/2014 season could not win their home match as the league defending champion Kano.
Pillars played draw in their home.
Full match results of Week 26 (Wednesday)
Bayelsa United 3-1 Nembe City
FC Taraba 1-1 Kano Pillars
Heartland 2-0 Kaduna United
Crown FC 3-0 Nasarawa United
Sharks 1-0 Gombe United
Lobi Stars 0-0 El-Kanemi
Akwa United 1-0 Enyimba
Abia Warriors 2-0 Giwa FC
Rangers 2-1 Dolphins
Warri Wolves 1-0 Sunshine Stars