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A hat-trick from Charles Atshimene, a goal from Mfon Udoh and an own-goal ensured Akwa United lift their first Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL) Trophy on Sunday in Uyo.
The Akwa Ibom based team needed just a point but defeated MFM football club of Lagos by 5-2 in match day 37 to emerge 2020/2021champions before the end of the season in front of thousands of fans at the nest of champions.
Atshimene who was before the match on 15 goals, got a hat-trick to take his tally to 18 becoming joint top scorer with Nassarawa United’s, Silas Nwankwo.
Atshimene opened the score line in the 24th minute which was doubled by MFM fc’s Alimi Adebayo’s own goal before half time.
Mfon Udoh stepped up for a fine goal to put Akwa on three goals lead in the 62nd minute before MFM got a consolation from a penalty kick.
Atshimene found the back of the net in the 87th minute for Akwa but Obasi was quick to respond for MFM FC in one minute of additional time.
The time left was enough for goal thirsty, Atshimene to grab his hat-trick and put Akwa in a majestic 5-2 victory in Uyo before full time.
The Promise keepers recorded the longest unbeaten run of 18 games in the league and also kept the highest clean in their 2020/21 campaign.
The 25 year old club added the NPFL trophy which is their first to their trophy cabinet.
Meanwhile, the team coach, Kennedy Boboye is now a two time winner of the NPFL having once led Plateau United their first league title in 2017.
Recall that there was no winner last season as the league was suspended due to the COVID-19.
Akwa United will be on the road to play Lobi Stars on Thursday in their last encounter of match day 38 in the NPFL