Akwa United defeated Warri Wolves 1-0 in a re-arranged Nigeria Professional Football League match day 16 tango that was dogged by controversy before it was finally decided on Wednesday.
Emmanuel Ariwa scored the solitary goal seven minutes from the regulation time after Warri Wolves players were unable to clear their line as the United player floated a corner kick into the vital area of in the 83rd minute of the tie.
The League Management Company and the O&D of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) had both ruled on it with contrasting verdicts before the NFF's Appeals Committee finally ordered a replay of the match and slated it for a neutral venue.
The win stormed the Uyo side to the 14th position on the log with 30 points from 22 games. They still have a game in hand against Kano Pillars fixed for September 4 in Kano.
The defeat is a setback to the quest of the Seasiders to secure a double this season.
Both clubs will still slug it out in the semi final of the Federation Cup on August 21 at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Stadium, Bauchi.