NPFL Week 36 Round-Up: Akwa United hand Wolves first home loss, Pillars lose but hold on to first spot

The Uyo side have given their bid to stay in the elite division next season a boost after they handed Warri Wolves their first home loss of the season
Akwa United defeated Warri Wolves for the second time this season after a hard fought 1-0 away win at the Warri Township Stadium on Saturday evening.
Emmmanuel Enize's second half effort brightened Akwa United's chances of escaping relegation at the end of the season. Both clubs battled to a standstill in the first round of the season after the NFF's Appeals Committee ordered a replay which Akwa United won narrowly 1-0 at the Dan Anyiam Stadium, Owerri. Wolves only win against the Uyo side was in the semi final of the Federation Cup, which they triumphed after penalties shootout in Kaduna.
Warri Wolves have now slid to sixth with 52 points from 36 matches, as a result of the loss while Akwa United moved two places up to 17th with 47 points from 36 matches. They have games at home to Kaduna United and away tie to Kwara United to cement their place in the elite division beyond this season.

The Peoples Elephant notched an important home win against ABS and it was a former ABS midfielder, Andrew Abalogu who scored the only goal in the 70th minute.
Abalogu moved to Aba at the beginning of the season and his goal has restored Enyimba's place in the top three as they now occupy second position with 59 points from 36 matches.
They could still end the season as league champions if they secure maximum points away to Sunshine Stars and beat Sharks at home and Pillars drop points in their last two games.
ABS still have an outside chance of survival. They must however win their next two games at home to Nembe City and away to Warri Wolves to stand any chance of consideration among elite division clubs next season. They are presently 18th on the log with 47 points from as many games.

Saminas Monday's first half penalty kick guaranteed maximum points for Kaduna United against Bayelsa United at the Kaduna Township Stadium on Saturday.
The loss had slowed down the pace of Bayelsa United in their quest to win the league shield as they have dropped to third on the log with 58 points from 36 matches. The win was a morale boosting one for the Crocodiles in their push for retaining their top-flight status at the end of the season. They are now 10th on the log with 50 points from 36 matches despite their inability to secure any away point this season.

The Naze Millionaires ended a stupendous week with all smiles after they sealed a 1-0 home win over El Kanemi Warriors at the Dan Anyiam Stadium,Owerri.
The Owerri side's players had allowed the protest over their pay to disrupt their training sessions ahead of the crunch tie but they did just enough to hang on to a crucial win and end their two game winless run at home. They had lost points at home to 3SC and Sunshine Stars in the last two games played at Owerri.
They are now 11th on the log with 49 points from 36 matches but they must still put in more effort in their last two games if they are to survive beyond this season in the elite division. They are only two points away from the relegation zone.
El Kanemi Warriors must return to winning ways at home to Lobi Stars midweek if they are to get their continental slot wish at the end of the season. They are currently fourth on the log with 57 points from 36 matches.

The Flying Antelopes continued their charge for a continental slot after another 2-0 home win over the Blue Angels at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium, Enugu.
Rangers’ attempt to nick a last minute berth on the continent was given a boost through goals from Meshack Chukwubuike and Marshall Odah in the fifth and 44th minutes of the first half.
The Coal City side are fifth on the log with 55 points from 36 matches while Sharks have 50 points from as many matches also.
The Port Harcourt side are eighth on the log with 50 points despite the loss at Enugu.

Pillars lost 2-1 away to Gombe United but still held on to top spot on the league standings with 60 points from 36 matches. They are only a point clear of nearest rivals, Enyimba.
Pillars could have sealed another league triumph with a win at the Pantami Stadium but they lost to Gombe United who are yet to lose at home this season.
there were rumours before the game that the Gombe side had agreed to play an accord game but that notion was dispelled by the Savannah Scorpions' head coach, Maurice Cooreman.
Gombe United continued their unbeaten record at home as they are now seventh on the log with 52 points from 36 matches. They are yet to get a point on the road all season.

The Makurdi Bombers held the Port Harcourt dwellers to a standstill in the first half but former U-20 international, Emem Eduok handed maximum points to Dolphins after good work from Isiaka Olawale in the 52nd minute for the lone goal.
Dolphins are ninth on the log with 50 points from 36 matches while Lobi not only surrendered their five match unbeaten record, they also slid to 15th with 49 points from 36 matches.

The Lafia side edged the Akure Gunners 1-0 at home to ease their relegation difficulties on Saturday.
Victor Namo scored his 17th goal of the season from the penalty spot to break the resistance of Sunshine Stars and extend his chances of ending the season as the league's highest goals scorer.
Kadiri Ikhana tutored Nasarawa United are 14th on the log with 49 points from 36 matches while Sunshine are 12th with 49 points from 36 matches.

Rotimi Omoniwari's 37th minute effort has given Nembe City a glimmer of hope in their bid to escape relegation after his solitary strike guided them to a win over 3SC.
The Oluyole Warriors now are almost certain of been relegated as it would take a miracle of great proportions to stay in the premier league next season after this latest loss at the Samson Siasia Stadium.
3SC are at the bottom of the log with 43 points from 36 matches while Nembe City are 16th with 49 points from 36 matches too.

The Afonja Warriors failed to lift their game as they played out an insipid 1-1 draw at 'home' to Wikki Tourists.
Kwara United had been ordered to play their home matches till season end at the Confluence Stadium, Lokoja that is nearer to them than Abuja that they were initially banished to.
Kwara United are 13th with 49 points as a result of the draw while Wikki are 19th with 46 points from 36 matches.
Wikki must beat Gombe United at home and Dolphins in Port Harcourt to stand a chance of surviving premier league chop.