NPL Round-Up: Jigawa, Rising Stars and Tornadoes secure important wins in rescheduled matches

Three clubs have won their rescheduled matches to boost their aspirations to avoid the drop at the end of the season

Jigawa Golden Stars, Rising Stars and Niger Tornadoes secured vital wins in the rescheduled matches of the Nigeria Premier League as all three relegation-haunted teams won their respective re-arranged matches played on Wednesday.                     

In Dutse, Golden Stars defeated Warri Wolves 2-1 with all goals coming in the second half of the tie.

Nobert Anasor put Golden Stars ahead in the 49th minute before they increased the tally to two in the 70th minute through John Chukwudi but Wolves ensured it ended in a dramatic way when they netted their solitary goal from the penalty spot in the dying minutes through Gift Atulewa.

Golden Stars manager Evans Ogenyi praised the fighting spirit of his boys asserting that the race against avoiding the drop just commenced.

"We prevailed against the Warri side 2-1. It was a very difficult match but we managed to win. We will continue to aspire to get as many points as possible and see where it leads us to," Ogenyi told

At the Oluyemi Kayode Stadium, Ado Ekiti, Rising Stars defeated Heartland 1-0 to increase their points haul to 26 from 27 matches.                                            

In the last match played in Minna, Sunshine Stars lost to Niger Tornadoes 2-0. Lorliam Gwarza and Kingsley Odoh scored the goals for the Minna side.                                           

Rising Stars are still in the 20th position with 26 points while Ocean Boys, Golden Stars and Kaduna United are the other three in the relegation zone. Tornadoes moved away from the drop zone to 15th position on the log with 33 points.


Rising Stars 1-0 Heartland

Jigawa 2-1 Warri Wolves

Niger Tornadoes 2-0 Sunshine Stars