By Angu Lesley
Cameroonian defender Dennis Ngweni Ndasi Kadiang of Nigerian Premier League side Rivers United FC has been voted man of the match for his outstanding contribution to his side’s 1-0 win away to his former club Kano Pillars in Match-Day 16 of the 2021-2022 Nigeria Premier League season.
Ndasi formed a key part of the Rivers successful defensive operation on Wednesday at the Ahmadou Bello Stadium in Kaduna.
Coach Stanley Eguma’s side settled on a solo strike from forward Nyima Nwagua to pick up a second victory in a spin.
Though Nyima scored the lone goal in the 70th minute and the likes of Ishaq Kayode, Sa’idu Salisu the back four of the pride of Rivers consisting of Kazie Eyinnaya, Ebube Duru, Fabian Nworie and Denis Ndasi were simply outstanding with the latter being the best.
Ndasi’s 13th appearance of the season, this against his former club helped his side to extend their unbeaten run to five games.
Ndasi has started four of the past five games, helping his side pick four wins and a draw plus three clean sheets and just two goals conceded in five games.
The man of match award is the first in the colors of Rivers United but not the first in Nigerian football. Ndasi won a handful of the award during his debut campaign in the Nigerian Premier League, as a player of Kano Pillars. It is a great return to the North for Ndasi and he made his feelings public after the win;
“I felt a home and it is important to give your best against your former team, to keep your value and respect high. I happy that we took the three points knowing that they are not in good form now.”
Rivers are atop the NPFL after 16 games, a point puts them ahead of 2018 Champions Plateau United FC ahead of their home fixture against Shooting Stars of Ibadan this Sunday.
The 2016 vice Champions of Nigeria will certainly be counting on the experience of the six-capped Cameroon international to land their first domestic crown in six years as a merger of Dolphins and Sharks FC.
Ndasi will after a second domestic league title chase and will certainly be sharing his 2018 experience at Cotonsport of Garoua-Cameroon with his new colleagues.
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