Defending champions NNL All Stars beat NPFL All Stars 3-2 on penalties, after the match ended 1-1 at full time, to win the 2022 Amapro Football Championship on Sunday evening.
The match started with NPFL All Stars taking the lead early in the 13th minute through a wonderful Wasiu Alalade effort.
However, the NNL All Stars team found their rhythm that they had throughout the tournament. They dominated the proceedings after that and in the 53rd minute, Owolabi Aremu found the back of the net via a fantastic header.
At the shoot-out, NPFL All Stars won the toss and chose to shoot first. Ebenezer Odeyemi and Bello Sufian both converted their respective penalties. Lukman Karatu then had his penalty saved by Detan Ogundare and Deji Bamidele put NPFL All Stars ahead 2-1.
Muri Dagbo, Hamed Yakub and Al-Ameen Al-Ameen all missed to give NNL All Stars a deserved victory.
NNL All Stars have been arguably the team of the tournament, topping their group with six points.
They carried on their stellar form into the knockout stages beating Abraysports 1-0 in the quarter-finals. In the semi-finals, they met the free-scoring KFA but overcame them on 1-0
An evening to forget for the NPFL All Stars as they just could not do enough to get past their defense after the 13th-minute goal by Alalade. They had done so well, having entertained but just couldn’t come up with enough to get their hands on the trophy.