Rangers still on top as Kano Pillars, Dolphins secure important victories

The Flying Antelopes and Pillars remain on top of the log after comfortable wins at home in Wednesday's NPL matches

Enugu Rangers have consolidated their first position on the Nigeria Premier League log after they added to the woes of troubled Niger Tornadoes with a 3-0 spanking in one of the matches of Week 33 decided at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium, Enugu on Wednesday.

Efe Yahere started Rangers’ goals feast in the 22nd minute for his seventh league goal of the season before further goals from Oduokpe Oghogho and Ifeanyi Ede in the 32nd and 66th minutes further compounded the relegation worries of the Minna side.

Rangers now have 55 points from 33 matches.

Yahere told Goal.com that though Rangers won 3-0, the Tornadoes came all out and were only denied from scoring through the fine work of the Flying Antelopes’ defenders who were able to defuse all the antics initiated by Sibi Gwar and other strikers.

"The score line might look as if it was an easy match. It was not at all as we had to dig in deep before we got our goals and our defenders were more alert to their responsibilities today than before as they prevented Tornadoes attackers from scoring.

"I have increased my goals tally to seven. We will continue our push towards getting the much needed league title at the end of the season,” Yahere said.

Kano Pillars are hot on the heels of Rangers as they defeated Abubakar Bukola Saraki FC 2-1. Gambo Mohammed got his side’s curtain raiser for his 12th goal of the season before Manir Ubale put the icing on the cake. Abdulrahman Bassir reduced the tally for ABS also for his 12th goal of the campaign.

The win ensured that Pillars remained in second spot with 54 points from 33 matches while Dolphins displaced Enyimba to move to third position with 52 points after holding on to a 1-0 victory over Warri Wolves. Former junior international Abduljelil Ajagun got the lone goal in the 83rd minute.

3SC of Ibadan continued their late resurgence to get a continental slot with a 2-0 defeat of Akwa United. Moses Ogaga scored the opener in the 26th minute while Mutiu Adegoke wrapped up the game in the 43rd minute.

The Oluyole Warriors are on 49 points from 33 matches and are placed fifth on the log with about five matches to the end of the season.

Sanusi Sani scored his 11th goal of the season as Gombe United beat Ocean Boys 3-1 at the Pantami Stadium, Gombe.

The former Zamfara United hitman got the curtain raiser in the first half while Austin Ekpoma and Haruna Babalo added two more goals. The Desert Scorpions are on 48 points from 33 matches and have moved to ninth on the table.

Speaking with Goal.com after the match, Gombe United goalkeeper Timothy Unachukwu expressed joy at the three points and has tipped Sanusi to overtake Sibi Gwar in the race for the highest goals scorer award.

“We won and got the three points at stake. I am thanking all the players of Gombe United for doing the club proud but I must admit that the race is far from being over we must not be distracted as the league season moves to its end.

“Sanusi scored again today and I will really say that he has all the credentials to emerge as the highest goals scorer. He only needs to be more precise and with only three goals between him and Sibi Gwar it is still anybody’s title,” Unachukwu said.

Rising Stars were leading 1-0 in the game against Lobi Stars before the Makurdi team abandoned play because of lack of security, while Kwara United humbled Sharks 2-0 in Ilorin with Barnabas Imenger getting a brace.


Rangers 3-0 Niger Tornadoes

Kano Pillars 2-1 ABS FC

Dolphins 1-0 Warri Wolves

3SC 2-0 Akwa United

Gombe United 3-1 Ocean Boys

Rising Stars 1-0 Lobi Stars (abandoned)