Akwa United of Uyo on Sunday emerged the champions of the Nigeria Professional Football League, for the very first time in their history of 25 years. 

The Uyo-based club won the trophy with an unbeaten run of 18 games, the longest in the league, as well as the most clean sheet this season. Charles Atshimene also capped a fine performance with a hat-trick and improved his goal count to 18 this season.

With the club needing just a point on Match Day 37 game against MFM of Lagos, the team showed their intention as they defeated their opponent 5-2 with their fans returning to the stadium after so long a time. 

No winner last season after the league was suspended due to the outbreak of the novel COVID-19 Pandemic with Enyimba winning the last championship.

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The fans were first thrown into wild jubilation when Charles Atshimene opened the scoring in the 24th minute before Alimi Adebayo of MFM FC scored an own goal in the 3rd minute of the additional time in the first half to give the Promise Keepers a comfortable lead going into the break.

The second half resumed with Akwa United all over MFM FC and their pressure yielded another goal in the 62nd minute through Mfon Udoh. MFM FC reduced the deficit from the penalty spot in 68th minute through Mbonu.

Charles Atshimene restored Akwa’s three goals lead with his second of the game in the 87th minute and Obasi scored for MFM FC in the 90+1 minutes to yet again reduced the deficit to two.

Boboye who had previously led Plateau United to the league title triumph for the first in their history in 2017 has now guided Akwa United to their first ever league trophy in 25 years of search, to become the first manager to win two league titles in the LMC era.
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