Apex Krane Football Club of Delta State on Wednesday, September 1, failed to show up in Yenagoa in the last scheduled group B2 fixture of the Nigeria National League (NNL) against Bayelsa United Football Club.
The match was billed to hold inside the main bowl of the Samson Siasia Stadium and the host team were already on ground before the match officials called it off due to the absence of the expected away team.
The first leg between both teams in the current season took place on Saturday, February 13, 2021 at the Agbor Township Stadium and ended 2-1 in favour of Apex Krane.
However, following the absence of the visiting team, Bayelsa United was awarded the three points at stake with a three goal advantage which puts them in pole position for qualification into the nation’s elite league.
Meanhwile, Bayelsa United, who are the winners of the 2021 Aiteo Cup will play a warm up match with rival neighbors, Rivers United today, Thursday, September 2, and Sunday.
The matches will be played barely two days after Rivers United concluded a two legged encounter with Akwa United.
The CAF Champions League campaigner,
beat Akwa United 1-0 in Port Harcourt last Sunday but lost by the same outcome in Ikot- Ekpene to the Promise Keepers a few days later.
The Rivers darling team will host Bayelsa United Thursday, September 2, at the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium, Port Harcourt while the Coach Stanley Eguma-led side will hit the Samson Siasia Stadium, Yenagoa for the return leg on Sunday. Both games start by 4.00pm.
Both teams see the games as the continuation of their preparations for the new season and their involvement in the CAF Inter Club competitions.
Ahead of the start of their continental campaign, Bayelsa State Government has promised to upgrade the Samson Siasia Stadium to bring it to an excellent form that will suit international standard.