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NPFL Reviews: Kano Pillars win big as Enugu Rangers, Niger Tornadoes get away draws

23:23 GMT+3 27/03/2019
Rabiu Ali
FC Ifeanyi Ubah were thrashed in Kano while the Flying Antelopes continued their fine run in Sagamu

Kano Pillars 3-0 FC Ifeanyi Ubah

Kano Pillars have narrowed the gap between them and FC Ifeanyi Ubah to just one point after they beat the Anambra Warriors 3-0 at the Sani Abacha Stadium in one of the Nigeria Professional Football League rescheduled games played on Wednesday.

Nyima Nwagua scored two goals while another one from Rabiu Aliu gave the Pyramid Boys three goals and more importantly three points to keep them in the run for one of the playoff spots.

Pillars who were beaten by a lone goal in the reverse fixture in Nnewi dominated the proceedings in Wednesday’s rescheduled tie and after just three minutes of action, the hosts were in front with Nwagua getting the curtain raiser.

While the home team pressed for more goals in the first half, the Anambra Warriors were able to repel their attacks as they kept the scoreline respectable going into the second half.

It was Nwagua who got Pillars second goal just after the hour-mark when he rounded goalkeeper Chinedu Anozie to score after being set up by his teammate Yusuf Maigoro.

With this latest win, Kano Pillars now have 20 points from 12 games, and they are third on the log in Pool B of the NPFL.

On their part, FC Ifeanyi are second on the log with 21 points also from 12 games.


Lobi Stars 2-2 Niger Tornadoes

The Pride of Benue failed to make their home advantage count on Wednesday as they were held to a 2-2 draw by relegation-threatened Niger Tornadoes in another rescheduled Nigeria Professional Football League game.

Lobi had done well to play a draw in Minna in the reverse fixture and while it was expected that they would build on that crucial point earned, they dropped two points that have now made their qualification for the playoffs more difficult.

It was the visitors that struck first in the 8th minute through Jibrin Mustapha and the Ikon Allah boys held on to the lead until stoppage time when Yaya Kone restored parity for the home side from the penalty spot.

Tornadoes who already have their backs against the wall came all out in the second 45 minutes and they were rewarded with what initially looked like a winning goal in the 81st minute as Goyi Mohammed restored their lead.

However, Michael Stephen ensured that Lobi were not condemned to a home defeat as he scored a late equaliser four minutes into stoppage time to deny Tornadoes all three points.

Regardless of the point earned in Markurdi, Niger Tornadoes are still at the base of the log in Pool A with nine points from 12 games.

For Lobi, they are just outside the playoff spots in the fourth position with 16 points from nine games.


Remo Stars 0-0 Enugu Rangers

Enugu Rangers ensured that they took four points off relegation battlers Remo Stars as they forced their hosts to a barren draw at the Gateway Stadium in Sagamu on Wednesday in a rescheduled Nigeria Professional Football League game.

The Flying Antelopes had pumped five goals past the Sky Blue Stars in the reverse fixture at the weekend but there were no goals in Wednesday’s tie as both sides huffed and puffed for 90 minutes with nothing to show for their efforts.

With the point secured in Sagamu, Rangers are still third on the log as they have 16 points from seven games while Remo Stars are still neck-deep in the relegation waters with 12 points from 12 games.