NPFL Wrap: Akwa United retain top spot after Ifeanyi Ubah draw

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The Promise Keepers secured an away draw to stay on top, while Sai Masu Gida and the Owena Whales are among midweek winning sides

FC Ifeanyi Ubah 1-1 Akwa United

The Anambra Warriors recorded their first home draw of the season at the hands of Akwa United at the Ifeanyi Ubah International Stadium on Wednesday.

Ladan Bosso's men had hoped to bounce back from their Sunday's 1-0 defeat to Wikki Tourists but were only able to escape defeat against the Promise Keepers in Nnewi.

It was Cyril Olisema who handed the visitors the surprising lead in the 12th minute to secure a first-half advantage.

On return from recess, Ikeokwu Patrick sailed past the defense of Akwa to net the long-desired equaliser for the home fans three minutes later.

In the 61st minute, Victor Mbaoma came close for Akwa but his effort went straight into the arms of goalkeeper Drissa Bamba as both sides ended up settling for a draw.

 

Yobe Desert Stars 1-0 Katsina United

Mohammed Babaganaru's men consolidated on last Sunday's 1-1 draw against Heartland with a 1-0 win over rivals Katsina United.

The visitors started the contest brightly as Musa Mustapha's header of a free kick into the net failed to stand as he was flagged up for offside in the 20th minute.

The Damaturu side came under pressure again as Philip Auta came close to put the visitors ahead from a superb attack but his strike went inches wide in the 36th minute.

In the second half, Chinedu Ohanachom finished brilliantly from a close distance as he broke the deadlock in the 49th minute which turned out the match-winner for the hosts.

 

Enyimba 1-0 Abia Warriors

The most-talked about Abia derby produced a winner with the hosts securing a narrow 1-0 win against their Umuahia based visitors at the UJ Esuene Stadium.

The first half ended in a barren draw but Stanley Dimgba came close for Enyimba but his brilliant attempt hit the crossbar in the 48th minute of the second half.

In the 70th minute, Enyimba secured their all-important lead as Dimgba fired home a free kick to the disbelief of the desperate city rivals to claim maximum points in Calabar.

The win sees Enyimba overtake 12th placed Abia Warriors as they climb up to the ninth place on the league log after six games.

 

Sunshine Stars 1-0 El Kanemi Warriors

The Owena Whales climbed up to the fourth position with a narrow home victory over El Kanemi Warriors at the Ondo Sports Complex in Akure.

Duke Udi's men had secured a 1-1 draw against Abia Warriors in Umuahia and they were eager to build upon their second away point on their road against the Borno Army.

Kehinde Adedipe's superb finish in the 26th minute of the match was all the hosts needed to silence their stubborn visitors that were smarting from a 0-0 draw with Kano Pillars.

Sunshine Stars now boast of 12 points from six games - just a point behind leaders Akwa United, while El Kanemi dropped to 13th position.

 

MFM 2-1 Wikki Tourist

MFM recorded a 2-1 victory over ambitious Wikki Tourist in an explosive encounter at the Agege Stadium.

Waheed Adebayo opened the scoring in the sixth minute after he converted Jesse Akila's pass to put the home side in front.

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10 minutes later, Wikki responded strongly as they earned their equaliser from the spot through Nafiu Kabuga's claim finish after Jesse Akila was challenged inside the box.

In the 40th minute, Akila reclaimed the crucial lead in the encounter after he fired home an assist from the opening goal scorer Waheed.

At the match's restart, Sikiru Olatunbosun came close to extending the lead of the home side but his came off the cross bar in the 64th minute, though MFM claimed a win in the end.

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