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Football | Nigeria

Hingir wants top friendlies



Akwa United striker, Son Hingir has canvassed for more top friendlies for his side ahead of the March 9 commencement of the 2012/13 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) season.

Unperturbed at his side's 0-1 defeat to former African champions, Enyimba in Sunday's friendly match at the Aba International Stadium, the former Niger Tornadoes' hitman said more of the grade A friendly will put his side in tip-top shape for the league season.

Hingir's former teammate at Niger Tornadoes, Sibi Gwar scored the lone goal for the People's Elephants.

"If we could have at least one more top friendly matches before the league starts on March 9 that will be beautiful as it will help us to keep shape for the demands of the season.

"Today's (Sunday) encounter has put us on solid footing for the league opener against Dolphins. We've picked few lessons as well as taken note of some loopholes we'll go back home and work on them.

"Though we lost the tie to Enyimba but the gains are massive. It was a good match for both sides to put their houses in order for the kickoff of the league and both sides actually made spectacular showings with the encounter," Hingir said to supersport.com.

Hingir, who will experience his first spell at the Uyo-based side, said he is counting down to Akwa United's opening match against former Nigerian champions, Dolphins.

"I'm looking forward to playing my first game for the side against Dolphins. Past matches involving both sides were usually tough I don't expect the March 9 tie to be different.

"It's an important game for the people of Uyo and I assure them we'll grab the three points at stake," he said.

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