NPFL ROUND UP
By Kolade Oni
ENYIMBA 1-0 AKWA UNITED
The Aba Millionaires returned to the summit of the league after they added to the misery of Akwa United at the Enyimba International Stadium on Wednesday.
Emeka Nwanna got the only goal of the match in the 38th minute and the Peoples Elephant hung on to the lone goal and got maximum points that they needed to send erstwhile leaders, Bayelsa United to second position. Enyimba are first with 55 points from 33 matches. Though, Bayelsa United also have 55 points but their goals difference of +3 is inferior to Enyimba's +14.
KWARA UNITED 0-0 LOBI STARS
Lobi Stars improved their unbeaten run to four games after another goalless draw at Ilorin against Kwara United.
The Afonja Warriors, playing in front of reported empty stands failed to lift their game and lost more ground in the race for the league title.
The draw further cemented Lobi's push for another season in the premier league after the hard fought draw against the Samson Unuanel led side.
The early exchanges were reportedly even with the possession pegged at 50-50.
Kwara United had better chances of scoring the opening goal before the first half ended but the few opportunities that came their way were fluffed by their striker, Hassan Lawal.
Impressive Lobi's goalie, Terkaa Melai had to be replaced by the Makurdi Bomber's reserve goalkeeper after the first half after he collided with an onrushing Kwara United attacker.
The second half failed to sparkle just like the first but the Kwara State Stadium,Ilorin however came alive in the early minute of the second half when the misfit Lawal unleashed a ferocious shot that crashed the woodwork and wobbled to safety to the relief of Lobi.
The attacker was unlucky again when he missed a sitter in the 77th minute of play. The ding dong affair continued without fetching any goal until the centre referee, Nasir Ibrahim who had a good outing blew the final whistle.
Lobi slipped to 15th on the log with 46 points from 34 matches but the club should move to mid table as they play Gombe United who are yet to secure any road point next at the Emmanuel Akume Atongo Stadium, Katsina Ala.
ENUGU RANGERS 2-0 ABS
Enugu Rangers defeated ABS 2-0 and immediately dedicated it to their former kit manager, Segun Martins who died last week of kidney related ailment.
The Flying Antelopes improved their points haul to 51 from 34 matches to retain their 5th position on the log.
Rangers' director of media and publicity, Foster Chime told SportingLife that the club had to fight harder before getting the two goals that cemented a vital win.
Chinedu Udeagha continued his impressive run of late when he scored in his second consecutive game in the 50th minute. But Marshal Odah made the maximum points safe with the clincher in the 89th minute.
"We are dedicating the win to late Segun Martins who died recently. He was a man of many parts and we solely missed his enthusiasm support. We are thrilled to win this game for him," Chime told Goal.
KADUNA UNITED 1-0 KANO PILLARS
Kaduna United handed a 1-0 defeat to the reigning champions in a somewhat local derby played at the Kaduna Township Stadium.
Pillars were banished to Kaduna after their fans breached public peace in their league tie against Enyimba.
They found their new home a bit too tough after they were beaten by their hosts on Wednesday.
The highly charged encounter ended with Tijani Adamu's only goal in the second half. The win lifted Kaduna United to 12th on the log with 47 points while Pillars slid to fourth on 54 points from 33 points.
NEMBE CITY 1-0 BAYELSA UNITED
The battle of the newly promoted clubs and neighbours ended with victory for Nembe City who needed it badly to salvage their faint elite division hope at the end of the season. The tie played at the Samson Siasia Stadium, Yenagoa.
It was the return leg of the tie played earlier in the season which Bayelsa United won 2-0.
Bayelsa United whom have boosted their chances of winning the league shield if they had beaten Nembe City.
The Baribote sponsored team are now 16th on the log a slight improvement from their former 19th position. They have 45 points from as many games.
NASARAWA UNITED 3-0 3SC
The Lafia side added to the problem of the Oluyole Warriors after they thrashed them 3-0.
League's top scorer, Victor Namo added two goals to his haul to jump to the top with 16 goals while Solomon Babatunde netted the third to the angst of 3SC.
Nasarawa United have made significant progress on the log since the hiring of veteran coach, Kadiri Ikhana some months ago. They are now 14th with 46 points from 34 matches while 3SC are still rooted to the bottom with 39 points.
WARRI WOLVES 3-1 WIKKI TOURISTS
Super Eagles' home based player, Oghenekaro Etebo fired a hat trick to send the Seasiders to sixth place on the log from their previous 10th position.
He scored the three goals in the first half in the seventh, 11th and 29th minutes. Wikki got a goal back through Waziri Christopher in the 24th minute.
Wolves have 49 points while Wikki are on 42 points from 34 games. Wikki are placed 19th.
GOMBE UNITED 1-0 DOLPHINS
The Savannah Scorpions continued their impressive form at home which has been the major strength to their top flight status this season.
Had the Maurice Cooreman led Gombe United side gathered half of what they got at home from their away games, they would be comfortable on top of the league table.
Gombe United secured their 16th win of the season after a marginal 1-0 victory over Dolphins. They have 49 points and are placed seventh after 34 matches. Dolphins are 10th with 47 points from same number of matches.
SHARKS 3-0 EL KANEMI
The Blue Angels dented the top notch performance of the Maiduguri-based side with a resounding 3-0 defeat on Wednesday.
The Port Harcourt team have improved impressively under former Sunshine boss, Gbenga Ogunbote as they have a good chance of staying in the top flight despite being rooted at the bottom of the table for most part of the first stanza.
Sharks have 47 points from 34 matches and they are placed 11th. El Kanemi are not that threatened even with the big loss, they are third with 54 points from as many matches.
HEARTLAND 0-0 SUNSHINE STARS
In a game characterised by missed chances, the Akure Gunners gained a valuable road point at Owerri against Heartland on Wednesday.
The Naze Millionaires were guilty of profligacy infront of goal and they paid for it as they lost two important points at home.
It was the first point on the road for Sunshine in a very long while. It was also the club’s first away point secured by Fatai Folorunsho Amoo since he replaced former coach Samuel Abimbola.