Akwa United moved to the second spot of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) log yesterday following a hard-fought 2-1 against 10-man Heartland Football Club of Owerri in their rescheduled match day 10 fixture at a rain-soaked Godswill Akpabio International Stadium in Uyo.
The Uyo team that was drawn against Al Hillah of Sudan in the CAF Confederation Cup play off round, have two outstanding NPFL matches now have 22 points from 10 games, one adrift of leaders Lobi Stars.
Heartland, who have endured a below-par outing on their return to the top flight, stunned the hosts on 20 minutes with Francis Momoh firing home the opener following a swift counter- attacking move. The lead lasted only 12 minutes before Ifeanyi Ifeanyi curled in a free-kick to send the home fans into jubilation.
Haggai Katoh netted the winner two minutes after the break after Heartland’s Uche Odeh miskicked a clearance. The visitors were reduced to 10 men in the 63rd minute after Nnamdi Egbujor was sent off for a second bookable offence.