NPFL Match Day 27 Review: Enugu Rangers Dethrone Wikki Tourists From NPFL Summit
Wikki Tourists dropped to second in the Nigerian top flight, after they could only secure a point against Niger Tornadoes
Niger Tornadoes 1-1 Wikki Tourists
Wikki Tourists failed to reclaim top spot in the NPFL, after they played out to a 1-1 draw with Niger Tornadoes on Sunday.
Having lost their last game 1-0 to Rivers United, Tornadoes needed the three points badly.
Tornadoes, who were determined to clinch victory over the visitors, raced into the lead courtesy of Kunle Isa’s scrambled effort.
Wikki Tourists dominated play in the second half and found the equaliser through Charles Henlong.
Abdul Maikaba’s wards should have claimed the full points if the post had not denied Idris Sabo.
The hosts appeared content with a point and adopted a laid back approach with occasional breaks in the second half, as desperate Wikki Tourists hunted for the winner.
Tornadoes managed to thwart the efforts of the Wikki Tourists strikers till the end of the match.
Akwa United 2-3 Enugu Rangers
Enugu Rangers continued their chase for the league title at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium with a hard-fought 3-2 win over Akwa United.
Rangers are on top of the table with 46 points from 25 games.
An own goal from Ibukun Harrison and strikes netted by Chisom Egbuchulam and Enete Chebem ensured that the Flying Antelopes maintained their momentum, picking 11 points from their last five league matches.
A third minute own goal by Ibukun gave the away side an early lead.
The hosts were back in the explosive encounter thanks to Fortune Omoniwari’s well directed header in the 45th minute.
Egbuchulam restored Rangers’ advantage on the hour mark.
There was more trouble for the Promise Keepers when substitute Chebem latched on to Godwin Aguda’s pass to make the scoreline 3-1.
Omoniwari bagged his second goal of the match in injury time, but the hosts were solid at the back in the final minutes to see out the 3-2 lead.
Nasarawa United 3-0 Sunshine Stars
Nasarawa United cruised to a comfortable 3-0 victory over Sunshine Stars in a Nigeria Professional Football League match played on Saturday.
The Solid Miners scored through Abdulrahman Bashir, Yaro Bature and Thomas Zenke as they left the Owena Waves clueless at the Aper Aku Stadium.
The win took Nasarawa United to 36 points from 25 games, same with Sunshine Stars who have one match at hand.
It was a bad afternoon for Sunshine who had appeared compact in their recent matches.
However, Nasarawa gave an assured performance and picked their 12th win of the season.
Striker Bashir continued his scoring form with a fifth minute goal before Bature stabbed in the second in the 32nd minute.
Zenke completed the rout when he rapped home a cross nine minutes before the end of the first half.
MFM FC 2-0 Heartland FC
Heartland FC suffered a 2-0 defeat against MFM FC at the Agege Stadium.
The Naze Millionaires played a hard fought and physical match but failed to finish off where it counted, costing them the game.
They started the match aggressively, showing the home side that they were after full points.
A ninth minute spot kick wasted by Bright Ejike eventually haunted the Owerri based side at end of the match.
MFM responded with Ifeanyi Ifeanyi sending a rebound home after Ebele Obi saved his penalty kick just after 28 minutes.
For the next 12 minutes, the game was a physical one, with both sides playing a tactical game.
The Olukoya Boys were again awarded a penalty kick in the 41st minute, but goalkeeper Obi guessed right to deny Ifeanyi from the spot.
The second half was thrilling on the field battle with both sides trying to take advantage of possession.
Heartland upped their attack but they were reduced to ten men when Nelson Ogbonnnaya was sent off for a second bookable offense.
Another spot kick was awarded to MFM some minutes after the hour mark. This time the responsibility was handed to Stephen Odey and the youngster made no mistake with his effort.
Rivers United 2-0 Shooting Stars
Rivers United boosted their hopes of winning the league shield after humbling Shooting Stars 2-0 at the Yakubu Gowon Stadium.
The home side broke the deadlock in the 12th minute through Guy Kueiman.
Playmaker Fred Obomate doubled the lead sixteen minutes before the break.
With the result, Rivers United are still third on the log with 44 points while Shooting Stars have 30 points.
Abia Warriors 1-0 Warri Wolves
Abia Warriors moved 12th in the League table after posting a narrow 1-0 win over Warri Wolves at the Umuahia Township Stadium.
Agoha Chinenye struck the only goal of the game for Warriors in the 50th minute.
Three minutes later, Efe Yarhere got into the bad book of the referee and was sent to the shower.
Acting head coach of Wolves, Mansur Abdullahi would have been satisfied with his team’s efforts.
FC Ifeanyi Ubah 1-0 El-Kanemi Warriors
FC Ifeanyi Ubah made it their tenth league win of the 2016 season following a 1-0 victory over El-Kanemi Warriors at the Ifeanyi Ubah Stadium.
Coach Rafael Everton was on the bench as he supervised his side’s win.
Alberico Da Silva scored a sumptuous goal from Elu Wilson’s free kick in the first stanza of the game to hand FC Ifeanyi Ubah all spoils at the expense of Warriors,
The influential attacking midfielder pick his spot well to slot the ball past Kazeem Yekeen.
The Anambra Warriors are 10th on the log while the Desert Warriors are three places below.
Lobi Stars 1-0 Plateau United
Lobi Stars nicked a narrow 1-0 victory over Plateau United at the Aper Aku Stadium in Makurdi on Sunday afternoon.
Forward Kingsley Eduwo struck the only goal of the game for the Pride of Benue in the 80th minute as the home team claimed the crucial win.
Lobi Stars’ success in the encounter was down to their perspicacity and unrelenting attacking display.
They should have taken a first half lead but Eduwo failed to score his spot kick.
Lobi returned from the break to mount pressure on the visitors and Eduwo scored the winner to claim the maximum points for the Pride of Benue.
Plateau United tried to force an equaliser but Lobi Stars contained them well enough before them game petered out.