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Madiba FC emerge 2022 NLO champions

Madiba FC of Lagos has been crowned champions of the 2021/22 Nationwide League One season after they piped Malantarki Care FC by a lone goal in the Super 8 final, played on Saturday, in Lagos.

The Oshodi-based team who ended the regular season unbeaten, lived up to the hype as they went on without losing a game in the champion of champions play-off that was held at the Legacy Pitch of the National Stadium, Surulere.

An epic final was as they took the game to Abuja-based Malantarki Care and showed their superiority.

Madiba’s attacking play was rewarded with a goal in the 28th minute after Rabiu Nurudeen beat the offside flag to chip the ball beyond the reach of Edward Ameh in goal for Malantarki Care.

Malantarki came close to leveling the scores before the break but Madiba FC had Mohammed Tijani in goal, to thank for making a brilliant save .

It was a one-sided second half as the last half an hour of the game was between Madiba FC goalkeeper, who pulled a string of superlative saves to deny opposing strikers, and ensured that Madibav FC went home with the trophy.

Reporting by Chinedum Ohanusi; editing by Julian Osamoto