NPFL Week 37 Round Up: Kano Pillars close in on title

The league title race is now down to three teams after Enyimba's dream to win the league got evaporated at the Akure Township Stadium where they lost 2-0 to Sunshine Stars

By Kolade Oni


The Akure Gunners have put paid to the ambition of the Peoples Elephant to win the league title this season after they beat them 2-0 in Akure.

Philip Auta's penalty kick in the 45th minute and Ebenezer Odunlami's 80th minute headed goal condemned Enyimba to a loss.

Sunshine are ninth with 52 points from 37 matches while the Aba Millionaires are fourth with 59 points.


The Ilorin side took a giant step towards avoiding the drop with an emphatic win over Nembe City at the Kwara State Stadium.

It was the club's biggest win of the season and one of the star performers of the week.

ABS have 50 points from 37 matches and are placed 13th while the defeat saw Nembe derailing in their quest for league survival as they are 18th with 49 points 37 matches.


The Uyo side had their mouth in their hands throughout in the close tie with Akwa United barely edging out stubborn Kaduna United.

Mfon Udoh who was inexplicably omitted from the Super Eagles' home based list for the friendly tie against Jordan responded to his omission with two goals for Akwa United and Ini Akpan. They were however made to sweat before getting maximum points.

Akwa United are 12th with 50 points from 37 matches while Kaduna United are 14th with 50 points too.


Sai Masu humbled the Port Harcourt dwellers through the strike of Gambo Mohammed in the first half. It was a goal that the Kano side needed in their push for the league title.

They are first with 63 points from 37 matches while Dolphins are 11th with 50 points from same number of matches.


The Maiduguri side found their way to the third position on the log with only a match to the end of the season. The club handed a consecutive loss to Lobi Stars who also lost by 1-0 to Dolphins in Port Harcourt. The Makurdi side had earlier gone five games unbeaten before the loss in Port Harcourt.

El Kanemi are on 60 points from 37 matches while Lobi have slipped to the relegation zone by virtue of the two losses. They have 49 points from 37 games to be placed 17th and they have a tough home fixture against Kano Pillars on Sunday.


Heartland were relieved to extend their stay in the premier league by another season after their 2-1 home win over Enugu Rangers all but guaranteed their place in the elite division next season.

Ikechukwu Ibenegbu and Bright Ejike's 40th and 55th minute goals cancelled out the Flying Antelopes' Bola Lekan's 22nd minute stunner at the Dan Anyiam Stadium, Owerri.

Speaking with Goal shortly after the match, Heartland's media officer, Cajetan Nkwopara stated that the Naze Millionaires triumphed with the heavy presence of Imo State Governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha and his Deputy, Prince Eze Madumere.

He said the club was happy to get out of the relegation zone once and for all and to maintain their top flight status before their last match of the season.

"We are satisfied and relieved to get this important win. We are happy," Nkwopara told Goal.

Heartland have 52 points from 37 matches to be free of relegation worries after another troublesome blighted by players' revolt over their outstanding pay. They are eighth on the log while Rangers are still fifth with 55 points from 37 games.


Bayelsa United were truly at home at the Samson Siasia Stadium, Yenagoa after they beat Kwara United 2-1 on Wednesday.

Bayelsa United's George Ameli revealed to Goal that the Restoration Boys defeated the Afonja Warriors through goals from Chigozie Christopher and Adamu Mohammed in the 1st and 84th minutes before Evans Iyoro reduced the arrears for Kwara United in the 17th minute.

He boasted that Bayelsa United would be gunning for an away win to ensure they win the league on the final day.

"The race for the title will go down to the wire and we are ready to shock our opponents away from home to ensure we win the league on the final day of matches," Ameli stated.


The Blue Angels secured another season in the top flight with the crucial win at the Sharks Stadium on Wednesday. Fortune Omoniwari was among the scorers for Sharks as they leapt to sixth position on the log with 53 points from 37 matches while the huge loss revived Nasarawa United's relegation worries. They are now 16th on the log with 49 points from 37 games.


Alaba Johnson's second goal sealed maximum points for crocked Wikki Tourists against Gombe United at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Stadium, Bauchi.

Wikki are still 19th on the log with 49 points from 37 matches while Gombe United slid to 10th with 52 points from as many matches.


3SC secured a comfortable 2-0 home win over Warri Wolves in their final home game of the season but it has come too little too late as the result only served as consolation to their fans who must be ready for life in the lower league next season.

The Oluyole Warriors got both goals in the first half through former Nembe City striker, Samuel Akinbinu in the 16th and 21st minutes to move to 46 points but they are still last on the table with only a match to season end.

3SC's media officer, Jubril Arowolo seemed to be sharing same sentiments when he said:" We won 2-0 but it (the result) might be too little too late."

The Ibadan side are still last on the log with 46 points from 37 matches while the Seasiders are seventh with 52 points from 37 matches.

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