NPFL Week 9: Warri Wolves bag fourth away win as Sharks move two points clear

The Seasiders were the surprise package of this weekend after a 1-0 success at Umuahia against Abia Warriors as well as wins for FC Taraba, Lobi Stars, Sharks, Nasarawa & Gombe
ABIA WARRIORS 0-1 WARRI WOLVES

Warri Wolves recorded the fourth away win of the season after Amutu Austin's goal secured maximum points for the Seasiders at the Umuahia Township Stadium against Abia Warriors.

The Seasiders became the fourth club after Abia Warriors, Giwa FC and Sharks that have won away from home in the nine week old league. The win and the three points have moved Warri Wolves to top half of the log.

Wolves have 14 points from nine matches while Warriors are still on 11 points from eight games.

LOBI STARS 2-0 KANO PILLARS

Lobi Stars continued their home invincibility in impressive style at the Emmanuel Atongo Stadium in Katsina Ala after a towering 2-0 pounding of Kano Pillars.

 Sai Masugida lost by the same scoreline when both sides clashed at the same turf on the final day of the season last season but Pillars are yet to find an antidote to Lobi's form.

The Makurdi side are yet to lose any point at home with five wins from five including the latest over Pillars.

Bunde Hungwa put the home side in the lead from the spot in the 55th minute before tall defender, Stephen Eze doubled the advantage two minutes from time.

Lobi moved to third on the table with 15 points from nine matches and level on points with second-placed Akwa United but are below because of the Promise Keepers' superior goals difference.

SHARKS 2-0 ELKANEMI WARRIORS

Sharks have opened a two point lead at the top of the NPFL after nine games after the Blue Angels beat El Kanemi Warriors 2-0 at their stadium in Port Harcourt.

The Port Harcourt side had an away win in Kaduna last Wednesday to move to the top of the league table but they pulled two points away after two penalty goals from goalkeeper, Danladi Isah handed them a valuable win.

With Akwa United's draw at home to Sunshine Stars, Sharks won't share the top spot with the Promise Keepers again as the Uyo side are only with 15 points as against 17 for the Blue Angels.

The coach Gbenga Ogunbote tutored lads have maintained their fine form they started from the second half of the league season last season to this season with their third straight victory after the loss at Gombe during Week 6.

FC TARABA 2-0 ENUGU RANGERS

FC Taraba returned to winning ways against Enugu Rangers after they defeated the Flying Antelopes 2-0 at the Jolly Nyame Stadium in Jalingo in a Week 9 league match.

The Jalingo Boys have been without a win in their last played three matches but they returned to their normal self with a victory over Rangers.

The win lifted FC Taraba to 12 points from nine matches and it would be a big relief to head coach, Ndubuisi Nduka whose wards have been criticised owing to their free fall of late including a home loss to Giwa FC.

The defeat has opened Rangers to more scrutiny and more pressure on head coach, John Obuh whose wards have failed to sparkle since the start of the league season despite the amount of money, energies and time expended towards building a new team.

AKWA UNITED 2-2 SUNSHINE STARS

Akwa United faltered for the first time at home this season after they came back from behind twice to get a 2-2 draw at the Uyo Township Stadium against Sunshine Stars.

Abdulsalam Jido, a Malian scored the Akure Gunners' first goal but Namso Edo got the leveller for the hosts from a well taking free kick.

Sunshine did not allow the equaliser to weigh them down as they took the lead again through Kingsley Eduwo but the Promise Keepers fought back like wounded lions to pick a point through a goal mouth scrambled goal converted by Kevin Davies.


Akwa United are on 15 points and are in second while Sharks lead the table by extra two points with 17 points from nine matches.

CROWN FC 1-1 NEMBE CITY

The Yenagoa side though are yet to get their first win of the season but their result against the Ajilete Boys have given them more hope of a turnaround soonest after they grabbed their first road points at the Lekan Salami Stadium, Ibadan on Sunday.

Nembe would feel cheated by the match officials in all ramifications after they took the lead before Crown FC were awarded a penalty two minutes from time from where they equalised.

Crown have 13 points from nine matches while Nembe City are still afoot of the league table with three points from seven matches.

GOMBE UNITED 1-0 KADUNA UNITED

The Desert Scorpions ensured that the new head coach of the Crocodile Boys, Hassan Abubakar started his reign on a losing note after he was handed 1-0 defeat at the Pantami Stadium, Gombe in his debut match in charge of the troubled Kaduna United.

Gombe United have also been far from impressive this season after losing some crucial points at home and getting none away till date.

This made the tie played on Sunday evening a must win for the Maurice Cooreman coached side. They eventually sealed the points and moved to 11 points from nine matches ahead of their trip to El Kanemi Warriors in Kano.

NASARAWA UNITED 2-1 DOLPHINS

The Solid Miners galloped to another home win over Dolphins at the Lafia Stadium on Sunday evening.

The Port Harcourt side went into the tie with a five match unbeaten streak having tasted defeat last in Week 3 away to Crown FC in Ibadan but Nasarawa United recorded another win to boost their position on the league table.

The Solid Miners are with 14 points from nine matches while Dolphins will slow down a bit with 11 points from as many matches.