Mawuena the hero as Remo Stars beat up Rivers United to close in on Rangers Int’l

Frank Mawena was the hero for Remo Stars against a lively Rivers United side in a rescheduled NRL match.

Frank Mawena were the hero for Remo Stars as they came from behind to defeat a spirited Rivers United side 2-1 in a postponed NRL match and move within a point of leaders Rangers International.

The Sky Blue Stars found themselves trailing at half-time to former striker Andy Okpe's opener for the visitors in a closely contested encounter on Monday evening.

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However, an inspiring second-half performance led by talisman Mawena turned things around for Remo.

Remo Stars Edge Rivers United

Togolese striker Hadi Harouna set up to score the crucial equalizer before outmaneuvering everyone to head in a late winner from a corner kick and seal a massive three points.

Former Remo boy Andy Okpe has opened the scoring for Eken.

Former Remo boy Andy Okpe has opened the scoring for Eken.

The win saw Remo cut the gap on leaders Rangers to just one point having now completed their game in hand, adding to the pressure in an exciting title race.

It was no more than Mawena and his teammates deserved after an impressive response to going behind early on their home turf.

Match winner, Frank Mawena celebrates.

Match winner, Frank Mawena celebrates.

The 31-year-old caused endless problems for Rivers' defense with his strength and movement, equalizing from Haruna with a knockdown.

He had the final say by rising to the highest level to header past the helpless goalkeeper and spark wild celebrations.

His match-winning impact confirmed his status as one of Remo's reliable players in the Nigerian Premier League.

With their star player in this kind of form, Daniel Ogunmode's side will be confident of beating Rangers and claiming their first ever league title.

This dramatic victory also continues Remo's impressive form at home, which has seen them drop just two points at Eken Stadium all season.

Mawena and his teammates will be hoping to take this tremendous record into their final crucial home match as the title race enters its final stages.

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