Defending champions ENL Consortium, the Nigerian Navy, Josepdam Port Services and Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) all won their third group matches on Monday to qualify for the semi-final stage of the ongoing 2022 Maritime Cup competition.
In the last group matches of the tournament played in Lagos yesterday, ENL Consortium defeated five times champions Nigeria Customs Service 2-1 to book a spot in the last four. ENL had last Tuesday won its opening match against Higher Pacific International (HPI) 4-1 but lost to the Nigerian Navy 0-2. With its victory against Customs on Monday, ENL came second in Group B with six points and a goal difference of +2.
Nigerian Navy won all its three group matches against Customs (1-0), ENL (2-0) and HPI (2-0) to sit atop Group B with nine points. The Navy’s Admiralty FC has five goals in its favour and has yet to concede a goal in the tournament.
In Group A, NPA’s Koko Marines defeated hard-fighting National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF) 4-2 to book a semi-final ticket. NPA finished as the leader of Group A with six points and a goal difference of +5 from three matches. It won its first match against Dynasty Ocean Shipping 2-0 but lost its second match 0-1 to Josepdam Port Services (JPS).
JPS secured its place in the semi-final after defeating Dynasty 2-1 in a tension-soaked match on Monday. It lost its first group match 0-2 last Wednesday to NAGAFF but defeated NPA’s Koko Marines 1-0 on Friday.
The Koko Marines top Group A with six points and a goal difference of +3 ahead of JPS which also has six points but a goal difference of zero.
The two semi-final matches will be played tomorrow. The first match is scheduled for 1pm between Group A leader, NPA and Group B runner-up ENL Consortium. NPA won the trophy in 2018 while ENL won it in 2019.
The second semi-final match will be played at 3pm between Group B leader, Nigerian Navy and Group A runner-up Josepdam Port Services. Nigerian Navy won the maiden edition of the Maritime Cup in 2009 while Josepdam was the runner-up of the 11th Maritime Cup in 2019.
Both matches will be played at the NPA Sports Ground, Bode Thomas, Surulere, Lagos.
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