Kano Pillars defeat Eyimba International in NPFL clash
6 March 2017 Sport
Kano Pillars recorded the biggest feat in match day twelve of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) yesterday with a 3-1 win against Enyimba International.
Kabiru Balogun netted a brace to set the former NPFL champions ahead of their Aba visitors.
However, the lead was reduced to one when Stephen Chukwude slotted in from the penalty spot.
Gambo Mohammed later restored the two-goal lead in an added time to hand Pillars their fifth win of the season.
The hosts are seventh on the NPFL table with 17 points while Enyimba are 13th with 14 points.
Rivers United 1-0 Enugu Rangers
In a match with few clear-cut chances, Rivers United needed an early goal from Esosa Igbinoba to find a way through the defensive ranks of Enugu Rangers.
This was a tie both sides needed to win; wanting to avoid another loss, both sides played with caution throughout.
At the end of the encounter, it was Stanley Eguma’s side that had the last laugh with a lone goal.
Niger Tornadoes 2-0 Nasarawa United
Niger Tornadoes moved into sixth place in the NPFL table after a deserved 2-0 win over Nasarawa United.
The first 20 minutes was one to forget, as neither side managed to create any real openings of note.
In the 27th minute the deadlock was broken as Musa Wakili converted from the penalty spot.
Although the Solid Miners subsequently huffed and puffed in search of an equaliser, the game was killed off when substitute Ebenezer Odeyemi showed dexterity to bury his third goal of the campaign on the hour.
FC IfeanyiUbah 2-2 Abia Warriors
Abia Warriors struck a second half equaliser to snatch a 2-2 draw at IfeanyiUbah on Sunday afternoon.
Sunday Adetunji’s wonder strike gave the visitors the ideal start, but 12 minutes before the break, the Anambra Warriors’ lanky central defender Stephen Eze leveled with his first goal of the season.
King Osanga put Ifeanyi Ubah in the lead for the first time in the match, but Chinedu Ozor struck in the 80th minute to ensure that the Ucendu Babes shared the spoils in Nnewi.
MFM FC 1-0 Remo Stars
MFM FC picked up an important three points to preserve their remarkable home record and, thus, compounded Remo Stars’ woes with a 1-0 victory in Lagos.
Stephen Odey scored the only goal of the Southwestern derby in the 16th minute. The striker went clear of Victor Mbaoma when he sent David Walbe the wrong way from 12 yards to bag his seventh strike of the season.
It was enough to earn the Olukoya Boys their fifth home win in the campaign against an off-color Sky Blue Stars, who had to make do without their talismanic captain, Mbaoma for the major part of the game.
MFM even had chances to win more convincingly, but their strikers were guilty on several occasions.
Sunshine Stars 1-0 Wikki Tourists
Sunshine Stars attacked right from the start against Wikki Tourists and went ahead after 20 minutes when Ambrose Onyema powered home a volley.
It was all the Owena Whales needed to achieve their objective with the Bauchi Elephants offering next to nothing in attack.
The Akure based team condemned Wikki Tourists to their fifth league defeat.
Shooting Stars 1-1 Plateau United
Leaders Plateau United put in a spirited display away to Shooting Stars, but ultimately returned home with a point following a 1-1 draw.
The game began at a furious pace and although the Oluyole Warriors looked to have gained the upper hand, with Ibrahim Ajani causing problems early on, it was the Peace Boys who took the lead when Johnson Ibeh scored from Daniel Itodo’s long throw.
However, Ibrahim Adebayo restored parity with 21 minutes left to play when he tucked the ball into the net from the penalty spot.
Shooting Stars were the better side in the remaining minutes, and again Ajani was at the heart of their best attacking moves, but they were was unable to find a way through, leaving both sides with a point.
Akwa United 1-0 El Kanemi Warriors
El Kanemi Warriors’ four-game unbeaten run was halted following a 1-0 loss to Akwa United at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium.
Abdu Maikaba’s men rode their luck at times and were ultimately indebted to Ibrahim Alhassan’s 83rd minute finish.
The win increased the point haul of the Promise Keepers to 16, five points below second-placed Desert Warriors.
Lobi Stars 1-0 Gombe United
Anthony Okpotu scored the only goal of the game as Lobi Stars edged Gombe United 1-0 at the Aper Aku Stadium.
The Pride of Benue started out the stronger as they pegged their visitors back in the opening minutes, including scoring the only goal of the game in the 9th minute as Kingsley Eduwo’s assisted birthday boy, Okpotu to hand the Markudi side a lead.
The game struggled to find a good flow with a string of tackles and fouls halting proceedings.
ABS FC 1-0 Katsina United
Adeshina Gata, finally, got off the mark as his solitary strike was all ABS FC needed to pip Kastina United 1-0 at the Kwara Stadium Complex.
Gata was all alone when he received a pass from the outstanding Oyedeji Samuel, and the skillful lad did well with a cool effort.
Katsina United created plenty chances in reply but they were always denied by goalkeeper Boje Abdullahi.