Nigeria Professional Football League side Dhaka FC beat high-flying Nordic Football Academy 1-0 in a pre-season friendly as they enter the final round of their pre-season preparations.
It was the second high-profile friendly this month for the Nordic Football Academy youngsters after a fantastic display against Akwa United FC weeks ago.
Coach Umar Danlami has named Dhaka FC a strong starting line-up for the game in Uyo, but that was no problem for the Nordic Academy youngsters who put up a good fight against their more famous opponents.
The opening exchanges were even with both sides measuring each other for the soul of the midfield.
Both sides had chances but none could cross the goal line with Scandinavian Football Academy goalkeeper Chukwu Josiah as he saved after save to ensure it ended 0-0 at the break.
Dhaka FC will finally catch their breath in the second half after a defensive mess by the Nordic Academy defenders.
The goal brought life to the game as both teams pushed the tempo, but for some wasteful finishing and excellent goalkeeping, there would have been more goals.
Dhaka FC missed a chance to double their lead from the final spot as Skipper Aniekan Ekpe ran over from 18 yards.
The game ended 1-0 in favor of Dhaka FC, but the children of the Nordic Football Academy will leave with experience and satisfaction from a great game that will excite Academy co-founders Carl Hugo and Kingsley Amunike.
In a related development, Dhaka FC may start the 2022/2023 NPFL season in December as proposed by the Interim Management Committee.
The December start and the proposed league format are subject to approval by the Nigeria Football Federation – NFF.