The National Industrial Court of Nigeria has won a back-to-back trophy of the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) National Judiciary Games after beating Anambra State Judiciary with a lone goal in the men’s football category on Wednesday at the UJ Esuene Stadium in Calabar.
The competition which started on the 24th of August, 2017 saw the Cross River State Judiciary trashed the Supreme Court of Nigeria 1-0 during the opening games, but the host could not muster the class found in the defending Champions as they crashed out during the knockout stages of the competition.
The National Industrial Court were lucky not to have gone 2 goals down in the 2nd half after a goalless 1st half; the rain actually did more damages in the 1st half though.
The second half started with a high tempo, and the Anambra State Judiciary were more composed and clinical in front of goal. They almost went in front after a penalty appeal was turned down by the referee. The follow up to the play saw the National Industrial Court goalie thwarted the rebound to keep his side in contention.
The aesthetics of the game grew from both ends as the National Industrial Court tested the Anambra State Judiciary goalkeeper several times. But it was the later who had the better chance and should have gone a goal up, only for the linesman to raised his flag for an offside after the ball found the back of the the National Industrial Court’s net. It was tight call though.
Playing as defending Champions, the National Industrial Court finally broke the deadlock after a good buildup which led to the right winger squaring for the lone striker to slot home and put his side ahead.
The Anambra State Judiciary almost got an equaliser as they pushed forward, but they nearly got themselves strangled to the play by leaving their back line opened – only for the National Industrial Court man to skew wide a presentable opportunity. That could have buried the game.
The game ended in favour of the National Industrial Court who won it last time out in Lokoja, making them Champions in two successive seasons.
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