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The Sai Masu Gida have shot to the top of the league to end the first half as leaders while they target a third consecutive title in the elite division

Kano Pillars have emerged as the halfway champions of the Nigeria Professional Football League even with a game in hand after they defeated Bayelsa United 1-0 in a rescheduled Week 8 tie played in Kano on Wednesday.

Gambo Mohammed, who spent most part of the first stanza on the treatment table, notched his second goal of the season against the Restoration Boys and the solitary goal was enough to hand both the maximum points and the first position on the log to Sai Masu Gida despite still having another home game-against Dolphins this weekend.

The win sent Nasarawa United to the second spot on the log as the Solid Miners have 31 points same as Pillars but with +5 goals difference as against +9 for the Kano State sponsored side.

Goal was informed that Bayelsa United played very well in the second half but they were unable to translate their dominance to goals as they were pegged back 1-0.

Bayelsa United must beat Giwa FC in another rescheduled Week 9 tie if they are to stay away from the drop zone as they presently occupy the final slot in the relegation zone with 21 points from 18 matches. They are 17th on the log.