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33 goals were scored from 9 matches with Bayelsa and Gombe suffering excruciating home defeats to their adversaries while Lobi edged Warri Wolves


The Promise Keepers couldn't re-enact their superlative impressive home form again against the Jalingo boys after they were held to a goalless draw at the Uyo Township Stadium.
Akwa United tried all the tricks in their armoury but they met a brickwall in FC Taraba who were desperate to get their first road point of the season.

Despite the two points lost at home, the Promise Keepers are third with 19 points from 12 matches while FC Taraba who just secured their first away point in the top flight moved to 16 points from as many matches.


The Restoration Boys only on Tuesday declared their readiness to make Benin City their home base in the remainder of the league season but a day later they suffered their first home loss against Abia Warriors who were desperate for points after some erratic display recently.

Ifeanyi Onyeali and Osas Idehen goals proved too much for Bayelsa United as they were beaten at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium by a team led by their former tactician, Ladan Bosso.

Bayelsa United are on 17 points from 10 matches while Abia Warriors increased their points to 14 from 11 fixtures.


This tie and that of the Bayelsa United versus Enugu Rangers which also produced another seven goals are the early season's pick for the match of the season after another thrilling encounter at the Chief Emmanuel AKume Atongo Stadium, Katsina Ala.

The game stood at 2-2 at halftime before three goals were added in the second half of the evenly contested tie.

The visitors stunned the home team in the 17th minute when Brendan Ogbu stole the ball from injured Moses Bunde to get the curtain raiser but Lobi equalised barely five minutes later from the penalty spot after Ike Thankgod was adjudged to have handled a goal bound shot.

CHAN Eagles' star, Barnabas Imenger Jnr stepped out to even the scoreline with his perfectly placed shot beyond the reach of the Warri Wolves' goalkeeper.

Warri Wolves were not yet done as they raced into another lead in the 33rd minute after Joseph Osadaiye's well struck free kick went into a gaping net unaided but Lobi levelled scores again through Man of the Match, Stephen Eze whose well timed rocket sailed into the net in the 45th minute.

At the restart of the second half, Joshua Abanyi put Lobi in the driver's seat for the first time in the match in the 51st minute through a well connected header but the visitors showed they were not bereft of ideas as they equalised again through former Flying Eagles' star, Daddy Bazuaye in the 75th minute. 

Lobi however had the last laugh when Eche Idakwo netted what turned out to be the final goal of the match about five minutes from the final whistle as the Makurdi side held on stoutly to their lead to record a famous win.

They have amassed 19 points from 12 matches to stay in the lurch for the title race as they are placed fourth on the log behind Sharks(22), Nasarawa United (21) and Akwa United(19) while Warri Wolves are on 17 points from as many games.


The Naze Millionaires showed that they have turned a positive corner from their sloppy performances at home earlier on in the season with another convincing 2-0 win over the Flying Antelopes at Owerri on Wednesday.

It was Heartland's third consecutive home win after their initial blip where they drew four consecutive games at home against Dolphins, Sharks, Nasarawa United and El Kanemi Warriors. The Owerri side have rammed home  victories over Enyimba, Giwa FC and now Rangers.

The architect of their latest home win is no other person than the assistant skipper of the Naze Millionaires, Julius Ubido who rolled back the hand of time to produce one of his best games for Heartland.

It was his deflected free kick that led to the first goal in the first half before he got the other via his head in the second half. Heartland are now on 16 points from 12 matches and are unbeaten in the last eight games both home and away. Rangers on their part are on 14
points from same number of matches as they head back home in search of home comfort against bad travellers, Crown FC this weekend.


The Ajilete Boys halted their two match winless run at home against the Akure Gunners after they shocked the Henry Abiodun tutored team 2-1 at the Lekan Salami Stadium, Ibadan.

Yomi Olaoke's eight minute opener and Bode Daniels second goal in the 46th minute had put Crown FC at the driver's seat before Muyiwa Lawal's 67th minute strike made it a tension soaked ending.

Sunshine failed to add to the four points they have garnered at away this season and they are still on 17 points from 12 matches while Crown are on same 17 points but are behind their conquerors with inferior goals difference.


The Blue Angels knew that only a win would preserve their place at the top of the league log and they deservedly got it even though under a very difficult circumstances at Port Harcourt against Giwa FC.

The premier league newcomers shocked the fans that thronged the Sharks Stadium with the opening goal but the home team fought back gamely through goals from Ajani Ibrahim and Danladi Isah who has netted four goals from the penalty spot. He is a goalkeeper and along with Lobi's Terkaa Melai are the two goalkeepers who have added goals scoring to their goalkeeping duties.


The Desert Scorpions finally surrendered their home invincibility after a close 2-3 loss to Kano Pillars at the Pantami Stadium on Wednesday evening.

The Kano side were hovering in the relegation zone before the tie and they needed maximum points to negotiate their way out of the bottom half of the league table and they got it through hard work and resilience.

Gombe United had beaten Nembe City 6-0 prior to this tie but they couldn't keep pace with the rampaging Pillars this term.

Gombe United started brightly when Adamu Mohammed scored the curtain raiser but defensive blunder made Pillars to come back into the game and they netted three goals through Rabiu Ali and Abdul Haruna who got two, to lead at halftime 3-1.

The Desert Scorpions came all out to get the goals that may level proceedings but they could only reduce the arrears by one had through Haruna Babalo in the second half.

Pillars are on 14 points from 11 matches while Gombe United are also on same 14 points but with a game more than the Sai Masugida.


The Solid Miners taught the People's Elephant how to play the beautiful game after a brilliant home performance at the Lafia Township Stadium which resulted to a 3-1 win.

The Lafia side led 3-0 through Bature Yaro, Esosa Igbinoba and Ibrahim Balangida before the Aba Millionaires managed to pull a goal back through Mfon Udoh in the second half.

Though they have been going their way unnoticed, Nasarawa United are showing that they have all it takes to rub shoulders with the best clubs in the league as they are now second on the log with 21 points from 12 games. The club's head coach, Mohammed Baba Ganaru is adding to his growing profile as the transformer of talents.

Enyimba on their part are on 15 points from 12 matches.


The Crocodile Boys turned the heat further on the whipping boys of the current campaign after another 3-0 drubbing of the Yenagoa side at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium, Kaduna.

It was Kaduna United's second successive home win after their triumph over Dolphins the last time out.

The emphatic win has added three vital points to their haul on the table. They have 14 points from 12 matches while Nembe are still on seven points from 11 encounters.


The Maiduguri side lost more footing on the league table after a disappointing draw at home to Dolphins on Wednesday.

The side played the game of their lives at Lafia in the last game but lost at the dead to a disputed penalty kick scored by Seun Sogbeso. They couldn't make home advantage count as they allowed the Port Harcourt side to steal a precious point at their adopted home at the
Sani Abacha Stadium, Kano.

El Kanemi have 16 points from 12 games while Dolphins also have 15 points from 12 matches.