By Etop Umoidem
Football fans in Uyo would always cherish Nigeria Professional Football League rescheduled Match day thirty as both Akwa United and their city rivals Dakkada International treated them to a typical piece of Nigerian Football delicacy at the main bowl of Godswill Akpabio International Stadium.
The match started with so much intensity with Dakkada FC pressing high with a strong statement of intense and it did not take long for the coach Caleb Esu’s charges to get their noses in front when Moses Effiong bundled in the ball in the 9th minute after Efala of Akwa United failed to tame a thunder bolt kind of shot from Eso Archibong. Thereafter, it looked like it was Dakkada’s show as they dictated the pace of the game with sublime skills and good positioned of play.
However, the complexion of the game changed after Ndifreke Effiong equalized from the spot in the 30th minute when Akwa United Striker was brought down in the box. Both teams went into the break on level term.
On resumption of play in the 2nd stanza, Akwa United stepped up their game, bossing the middle of the pack, exerting their authority in every department of the game, possibly looking good to carry the day but some decent defending by Dakkada defenders kept things at bay.
Dakkada, however, sent the entire stadium agog when Moses Effiong scored a delightful goal after rounding up Akwa United defense line in the 80th minute, thus, suddenly turned the spectators against their most illustrious opponents who have been considered as one of the best spenders in Nigerian football league. But the Match day host team, Akwa United rallied back in the 89th minute when Ndifreke Effiong once again saved United the blushes as he headed home a free kick to equalize for Akwa United.
Akwa United and Dakkada have drawn their last three matches with Dakkada FC still occupying the 4th position on the table with 30 points and