Sunshine Stars pip Rangers to return to winning ways

The Akure Gunners strove hard before beating the Flying Antelopes while Gombe United got another impressive home win


The Akure Gunners returned to winning ways at home to the Flying Antelopes on Saturday evening but the away team would be critical of the centre referee Abdullahi Shuaibu from Katsina Statewho consented to the call from one of the two assistant referees and ruled that the goal they scored that would have ensured the game ended in a draw was not a good goal

Rangers scored first through Samuel Agba in the third minute before a wonderful goal from Solomon Kwambe in the 45th minute leveled proceedings in the first half. Shina Adeoye got his first goal for the Akure Gunners and the second goal of the match in the 67th minute. Rangers did get the second goal in the 73rd minute but one of the assistant referees raised the flag for an infringement when it was actually a good goal.

With the win, Sunshine moved to 37 points from 25 matches while Rangers are still on 31 points from same number of games.


The Desert Scorpions defeated the Ajilete Boys with Timothy Simon and Ibrahim Abdullahi on the scoresheet for the home team. Gombe United under head coach, Austin Eguavoen have been experiencing a turnaround and it was no special deal for the club to secure maximum points against Crown FC at the Pantami Stadium. The Desert Scorpions are out of are relegation zone momentarily again with 32 points from 25 games while Crown are closing in on a return to the lower league with only 23 points from 25 matches thus far.


The Port Harcourt derby ended goalless just like it was during the first stanza. It has done both clubs no good in their bid to move up on the league table. Dolphins are on 39 points from 25 games while Sharks are on 35 points from as many matches. It was a tie that lived up to its billing and both teams would be contented with securing a draw that would assist their stay in the elite division.

Sharks have been blowing both cold and hot this season and the gained draw is a sign of progress for the club who are yet to get another away point for some time now. Dolphins are on a roller coaster and will be hard done not to have recorded a win. They are still second with 39 points from 25 games but situation might change when Sunday matches are decided.


The Sai Masu Gida squeezed through on a lone goal victory over the Abia warriors and the team from Kano where victorious to the delight of all and sundry. They defeated Abia Warriors   by a lone goal and also must continue in that routine if they are get aware draw.

Pillars are still first with 43 points from 25 matches while others are chasing them to ensure that the Kano side do not get a third straight title. They are yet to be beaten at home since 2003.