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Enyimba, Man U win

Six-time Nigeria Premier  League champions, Enyimba, yesterday, won the Super Four trophy after beating Kano Pillars 2-1 in the final match of the season’s curtain raiser. Also, Manchester United won their third Community Shield in four years yesterday as they avenged last year’s Wembley defeat to Chelsea.

This makes it the second trophy that the two-time CAF Champions League champions would be winning at the Ijebu-Ode Stadium, Ogun State, this year. Even before the final game of the tournament, Enyimna had already won the cup after Kwara United defeated Sunshine Stars 2-1, a result that sealed  the shield for the Aba-based outfit.

Manchester United celebrates victory

Sunshine, who played first against Kwara, were the only side capable of overhauling the Peoples Elephant. But they needed to win against Afonja Warriors and hope for Pillars to beat Enyimba in the day’s second game. Like the Super Eagles at the World Cup, they failed to handle their own end of business, losing 2-1 to a rejuvenated Kwara United, thereby handing the trophy to Enyimba.

On their part, Enyimba, came back from goal deficit to seal a sweet 2-1 win over Pillars, the same club who they pipped to the Nigerian Premier League trophy

Sunshine started the match in the  rain, creating chances in the early minutes but Ganiyu Anifowoshe and Dele Olorundare failed to make hay.

But Kelvin Kpakor made sure it was not to be on this occasion. The son of former Nigeria international Moses Kpakor chipped over goalkeeper Afeso Attah from almost 30 yards to give Kwara the lead.

From then on, Kadiri Ikhana’s men looked like a side reborn from the one which capitulated to Enyimba on Friday.

Their second goal came at the other end of the half, with Ukeyima Akombo applying the finishing touch at the end of a fine interchange of passes among Kwara United players.

Emmanuel Sunday tried to spark the Sunshine revival past the hour mark, but there was to be no famous comeback for Solomon Ogbeide’s team.

Meanwhile, Manchester United won their third Community Shield in four years today as they avenged last year’s Wembley defeat to Chelsea. A sublime opener finished by Antonio Valencia and a ridiculous debut goal from substitute Javier Hernandez put United 2-0 up.

Salomon Kalou pulled a goal back late on and double_winning Chelsea threatened to level before Dimitar Berbatov sealed their fate in stoppage time.

Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic is confident the Community Shield trophy is not the only silverware the club will be laying hands on.

He said after the game: “I believe there will be more (trophies) — this is just the beginning.

“I think we have a good squad and showed today we have energy and showed some hunger.”

The Serbia central defender added on Sky Sports: “I think we did well today. Some players who haven’t played a lot
pre-season had time to build up their fitness and they did well. “Dimitar had a lot of pressure last year and we hope this year we will score more goals.”

Sir Alex Ferguson said: “It was a decent display and I’m very happy players such as Wayne Rooney, Michael Owen and Park Ji-sung are nearer match fitness.

“Some of the football was very good at times. I think we deserved to win it. “I don’t know if Wayne and Park are ready yet.
The internationals in the coming week are a bonus for them and I’m delighted they are involved. Michael doesn’t have that problem but we’ll step up his training.

“We’ve got so many players away but having the (first Premier League) game (against Newcastle) on the Monday helps us.

“I don’t think anyone can understand why we’ve got an international friendly before the season starts but we’ve been given a bit of luck through that.”

On Hernandez’s goal, the Scot joked on Sky Sports: “He’ll not try it again — it was a quite peculiar goal. “But he’s quick to get in the box — he’s a really good finisher. He’s got a bubbly character and speaks good English. He’s settled in very well.”


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