Lobi Stars ended their eight-match unbeaten run after losing 1-0 to Akwa United in Sunday’s Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) clash.
With the first-half ending 0-0 at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium, the Promise Keepers put up a better showing in the second-half to seal maximum points thanks to Akarandut Orok’s 51st-minute strike.
Following this win, Akwa United moved up to eighth on the NPFL log with 16 points from 11 outings.
At the Akure Township Stadium, Sunshine Stars were held to a 1-1 draw by Dakkada FC.
FT: Sunshine Stars 1-1 @dakkadafc— Sunshine Stars FC (@SunshineFCAkure) December 29, 2019
In the keenly contested affair, the Uyo outfit took the lead through Femi Ajayi in the 43rd minute.
And when it looked like the visitors would be heading for their second away win of the season, Fuad Ekelojuoti scored the equaliser at the death after a goalmouth scramble.
Thanks to this draw, the Owena Whales are seventh in the log with 16 points after 11 games, while Dakkada stay fifth with 17 points.
Samuel Kalu’s decided the oriental derby in Nnewi as FC Ifeanyi Ubah pipped Heartland 1-0, while Sunday Williams and Efe Yarhere’s efforts were enough for Warri Wolves as they marched past Kwara United 2-1 at the Warri City Stadium.
Abia Warriors were the biggest winners of the day thanks to a 3-0 victory over Plateau United.
Emmanuel Ugwuka gave the hosts a 28th-minute lead, while Guy Keumian doubled the advantage before setting up Bello Lukman for the last goal, as the Peace Boys returned home with heads bowed low.
Despite the loss, Plateau United remain NPFL leaders with 21 points – three points ahead of closest rivals, Lobi Stars.
Rivers United secured a 2-0 away win over Adamawa United. Still basking in the euphoria of their 2-1 triumph over Sunshine Stars, Stanley Eguma’s side made it two wins out of two.
A goal in each half from Junior Osaghae and Malachi Ohawume sealed the triumph over the newcomers, who are a point away from the relegation waters.
#NPFL20 FULL-TIME SCORES— League Management NG (@LMCNPFL) December 29, 2019
FC Ifeanyiubah 1-0 Heartland
Wolves 2-1 Kwara Utd
Abia Warriors 3-0 Plateau Utd
Katsina Utd 3-2 Jigawa GS
Akwa Utd 1-0 Lobi
Sunshine Stars 1-1 Dakkada
Adamawa Utd 0-2 Rivers Utd