Two basement clubs, Kaduna United and Rising Stars gained important victories in their Nigeria Premier League Week 36 ties decided on Thursday in Kaduna and Ado Ekiti respectively.
Kaduna United recovered from Sharks of Port Harcourt heart breaker in the first half through Terry Envoh before scoring two of theirs to record a 2-1 win one which catapulted them to the 13th position on the log from 35 fixtures while the Blue Angels are still on 52 points from 35 matches.
It was same tale at the Oluyemi Kayode Stadium, Ado Ekiti where ABS initially seemed to be coasting to yet another away win against home side, Rising Stars of Akure only to lose steam and fall by 2-1 at the end of the regulation time. ABS' Ologo Kingsley shocked Rising with the opening goal inside the first 10 minutes before Kayode Agboola equalised for Rising about five minutes later.
The winning goal came at about 20 minutes to the end of the match through Segun Bajowa. The maximum points gained by Rising Stars only widened the gap between them and bottom club, Ocean Boys but they still remain rooted at 19th position with 41 points from 35 ties while the loss moved ABS deeper to the relegation zone as they are now on 17th position with 46 points from 35 matches and needing to win their last two home ties against Kaduna United and Ocean Boys to ensure top flight safety.
Rising Stars supervisor, Fisayo Akinkuade said the maximum points got was the club's statement of intent to fight till the very end and see if they could pull through from their present precarious situation.
"We are doing everything within our reach to escape relegation and though it looked a bit rough now, we shall continue to fight with everything that we have until it is all over. The win is another step towards achieving our aim," Akinkuade told Goal.com.
ABS technical adviser, Kabiru Sulaiman Dogo blamed the centre referee for their loss and expressed his frustration at the negative calls from the match officials immediately his team got the opener.
He lamented another loss by his club and enthused that they could have earned at least a point from the encounter if the match officials were just and fair in their handling of the match.