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Landmark weekend in the domestic league

Last Saturday marked a watershed moment in the continued evolution and development of the GLO Premier League driven by the League Management Company.  A unique double header in Port Harcourt, where both Port Harcourt teams Sharks and Dolphins played on the same day and at the same venue, Sharks Stadium.  Their opponents in these historic encounters Crown FC Ogbomosho and Sunshine Stars of Akure.

A lot of negotiations went on behind the scenes to get the  two city rivals to cooperate in this venture,  especially getting Dolphins to play in their bitter rivals’ backyard. Both teams should do this more often because it turned out quite well for the home sides, Port Harcourt six points, away teams, zero.

First to kick off was Sharks, who simply blew away the newly promoted Crown FC. Crown had come into the game in some relatively good form, having won two of their first three games. Home wins against Heartland and Dolphins and a solitary loss away to Lobi Stars. Conversely,  Sharks have started this season sluggishly,  with four points from three games and only one goal scored.

Sharks were not far off from being my team of last season with the miraculous manner  which they avoided relegation. Sharks spent 13 of the first 38 weeks last season rock bottom of the league. The huge turn around in their fortunes was all down to their acquisition of former Sunshine Stars manager, Gbenga Ogunbote,  who masterminded Sharks’ midseason revival and was my manager of  the season. Sharks rediscovered their scoring touch against Crown, easily dispatching them 3-0. It was much less straightforward for Dolphins who had to come from behind to beat a sloppy Sunshine Stars 2-1. The only slight negative on this day of high octane football was the dearth of fans in the stadium to witness this epochal occasion.

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