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Kano Pillars moved closer to the Nigeria Premier League title after a massive win in Uyo against Akwa United

Kano Pillars are just within three points of landing their second Nigeria Premier League title in four years after they secured their first away win of the season 1-0 against Akwa United in Uyo on Wednesday.                                                      

The valuable three points which came courtesy of Nasiru Ali's 56th minute strike put Pillars in pole position on the log with 64 points from 37 matches and they are a point better than Lobi Stars who thrashed Enugu Rangers 3-0 in Katsina Ala.

Pillars Coach Baba Ganaru said after the game that it was a good game for his side who were determined to grab the three points at stake.

"It was a good game and my players lived up to expectations. We have the game against Sunshine Stars and we are going to prepare very well for it".

The Flying Antelopes' attempt to win their first league crown in almost 30 years was blown away by Tony Okpotu's brace and Jonah Abutu's strike. The win kept Lobi in second position with 63 points from 37 matches while Rangers dropped to third position. 
                                     
Heartland returned to winning ways in their encounter with Gombe United after goals from Chibuzo Okonkwo in the 20th minute through a penalty and the match winner off the boots of Philip Auta in the 84th minute to secure a 2-1 win.

The Owerri side thus moved to 52 points from 36 games and are 8th on the log.

Warri Wolves got a morale boosting 1-0 home win against 3SC of Ibadan to move to 51 points from as many matches and also brightened their chances of escaping the drop at the end of the league season with two games left for them.

Austine Amutu goal in the first half separated the two teams as Warri Wolves battle to remain in the elite division.

Jigawa Golden Stars pipped Enyimba of Aba 1-0 in Dutse while Niger Tornadoes tore League holders, Dolphins to shreds in Minna with a 4-0 thumping as Sharks made it double tragedy for the two Port Harcourt sides when the Blue Angels lost their first home match of the season, 2-3 to  Wikki Tourists.

Sharks' players had boycotted last training session a day before the match and almost threatened not to honour the tie at all.

No date has been fixed for the last matches of the season with some outstanding matches yet to be replayed.

Warri Wolves will welcome Rising Stars in Abuja as one of the reschduled games and ABS will play against Sunshine Stars in Ilorin as the last outstading match before week 38 games.

Abubakar Bukola Saraki will on Thursday host Kaduna United in Ilorin for the last match of week 37.


RESULTS

Lobi Stars 3-0 Rangers
Akwa United 0-1 Kano Pillars
Sharks 2-3 Wikki Tourists
Niger Tornadoes 4-0 Dolphins
Warri Wolves   1-0 Shooting Stars
Jigawa Stars  1-0 Enyimba
Heartland 2-1 Gombe United

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