Gokana Cage Eagles In P/Harcourt

Over 10,000 fans stormed the newly built Gokana Central on the outskirts of Port Harcourt in River State to watch a thrilling friendly game between the Super Eagles currently preparing for the African nations Championship, CHAN, and Amateur Division One League side, Gokana United. The game ended 1-1.
The match which was the first to be played in the stadium, was used to inaugurate the new stadium and it lived up to its billing, despite the rather bumpy turf, which the Local Government Chairman, Hon Demua Ledee Demua promised to improve upon.
The Eagles struggled to hold their own because of the nature of the new pitch, forcing Governor Amaechi and Chief Odegbami, to advise the local government leadership to improve on the state of the pitch during half time speeches.
Barnabas Imenger got the Eagles’ only goal after a swift exchange of passes between Rabiu Ali, Ejike Uzoenyi and Abubakar Aliyu got to him. His shot was too hot to handle for the opponents’ goalkeeper in the 15th minute of the encounter. Efforts to increase the tally by the Eagles were thwarted by the Gokana side, who obviously understood the pitch better than the national team.
The hosts got their goal in similar fashion after a hot shot was parried into the net by Skipper Chigozie Agbim in the 18th minute of the encounter.
The second half was more entertaining, but did not produce any goal, with Keshi saying his wards had to take it easy because of the nature of the pitch. Keshi added that he liked the stiff resistance of the Gokana United team.
Among the dignitaries that watched the game at the stadium described by its owners as the first ultra-modern stadium to be built by a local government in Nigeria, were Rivers State Governor, Rt Hon Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi, former Green Eagles skipper, Chief Olusegun Odegbami, who represented NFF President, Alhaji Aminu Maigari, former Super Eagles skipper, Austin Eguavoen, former African Footballer of the Year, Victor Ikpeba, SWAN National President, Seidu Abubakar, Senator Magnus Abe and several top government officials from Rivers State.

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