NPFL Matchday 4: Plateau United gallop to the top, Akwa United win away

The league reigning champions and the Promise Keepers are among the big winners in the mid week of action across Nigeria

Kwara United 1-0 Wikki Tourists

The Harmony Warriors finally got their hands on their first victory of the season after four games. They pinned the Giant Elephants 1-0 through Stephen Alfred strike in the 42nd minute. Coach of the home team, John Obuh had appealed to their fans to show some understanding despite their slow start before the game and his boys delivered at the Kwara State Sports Complex, Ilorin on Wednesday.

 Yobe Desert Stars 1-0 Lobi Stars

The Damaturu side urged on by coach Mohammed Babaganaru shook off their 0-2 loss to Akwa United to halt the unbeaten run of the Pride of Benue at the August 27th Stadium on Wednesday. Former Enyimba striker Chinedu Ohanachom scored the solitary goal of the game in the 74th minute to the delight of their fans.

Yobe Desert Stars have sealed two important home wins while they have been bad travellers after losing twice from the two matches they have played outside Damaturu.

Go Round 1-1 Heartland

The Krisdera Hotel Stadium, Omoku witnessed Go Round second home game in the topflight but unlike their first which they won against Akwa United, they were unable to claim the maximum points against desperate Naze Millionaires who wanted to atone for their home loss to Enugu Rangers last Sunday.

Solomon Nwachukwu, whose goals was crucial for the Omoku side while they were in the lower league bagged the curtain raiser for his side in the 11th minute but Heartland fought back gamely and duly got the equalizer in the 53rd minute.

Go Round have four points from four games while Heartland are on three points from same number of matches.

Enugu Rangers 1-0 Katsina United

The Flying Antelopes galloped over the Chanji Boys at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium, Enugu on Wednesday to record their second consecutive win on the bounce after opening the season with two losses.

Katsina United side led by Abdullahi Biffo gave their hosts a good run for their money and when they thought they were almost coasting to an away draw, Godwin Aguda rescued his side with the important strike in the 78th minute. It was Katsina United’s second loss of the season.


Sunshine Stars 2-0 Rivers United

The Owena Whales scored two late goals inside the remaining 15 minutes to send the Pride of Rivers back to Port Harcourt empty-handed at the Ondo Sports Complex, Akure on Wednesday.

Bala Yahuza got the opening goal in the 76th minute after Rivers United had defended stoutly for most part of the game. The Home side increased the tally five minutes later through Frank Sasere’s effort.

Sunshine Stars thus moved to seven points from four games while Rivers United are on six points from four ties too.


Kano Pillars 2-1 Abia Warriors

Sai Masu Gida emerged victorious in the explosive encounter they played against the Warriors at the Bello Kofarmata Stadium, Kano on Wednesday.

Nyima Nwagua put the home team in the ascendancy in the 28th minute before Junior Lokosa who has been in awesome form since the beginning of the season got his side’s second and his own fourth of the season from four games. Ndifreke Effiong thought he had started Abia Warriors’ comeback when he struck in the 61st minute for his third goal of the campaign but it was only a mere consolation.

Pillars are on seven points from four games while Abia Warriors have six points from same number of games.


Plateau United 3-0 El Kanemi Warriors

The Peace Boys are not showing any sign of relinquishing the league title they won last season after they recorded their third win of the campaign from four games with an emphatic 3-0 spanking of the Borno Army in Jos.

It was 1-2 in favour of the Maiduguri side when they met few weeks before the start of the season in a test game played in Jos but it was a different story at the Zaria Road Stadium on Wednesday as two goals inside the opening eight minutes through Jimmy Ambrose and Joshua Obaje put the league reigning champions on the path of another home win before Raphael Ayagwa made it three just two minutes into the second half.

They are on top of the league standings on better goals different with nine points from four matches while El Kanemi are still on six points.


Niger Tornadoes 1-2 Akwa United

The Promise Keepers have sent a clear message of intent to finish higher than they did in the league last season after they secured their first away win of the season in Lokoja’s Confluence Stadium.

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Abdu Maikaba tutored side scored the first goal in the 23rd minute after the centre referee spotted an infringement in the Ikon Allah Boys’ 18-yard box and Dennis Nya sent the home side’s goalkeeper the wrong way. But Tornadoes regrouped and duly found the equalizing goal before the end of the first half when Nosiru Afees put his side level with three minutes before halftime.

Akwa United were not deterred by the turn of event and they pressed harder in search of the winning goal which they eventually got in the 72nd minute through Victor Mbaoma who has now scored in his last two games for his new club.