NPFL Matchday 11 Reviews: Kano Pillars back on top after Go Round win

Musa Ibrahim's men are back on top of Nigeria's topflight table after earning a home win over the Omoku based outfit on Sunday

Heartland 0-1 Lobi Stars

The Pride of Benue secured their second away win of the season after they defeated the Naze Millionaires 1-0 at the Dan Anyiam Stadium in Owerri on Sunday.

Before the encounter, Solomon Ogbiede's side had defeated Akwa United 1-0 in Markudi to close up with the top spot last Wednesday, and consolidated with their all defensive assets.

Unfortunately, Ramson Madu's men had hoped for a back-to-back home win, having defeated Wikki Tourist 2-1, but Samad Kadiri's 25th-minute finish dented their dreams.

The home side made the countless push to earn a leveler but found the visitors' defense hard to break as they ended up suffering their second home defeat this season.

The home defeat saw Heartland slip to 13th with 13 points from 11 games, while Lobi moved joint-top with Kano Pillars on 20 points but second on goal difference.


Nasarawa United 1-0 Wikki Tourist

The Solid Miners returned to winning ways at the Lafia City Stadium after they secured a hard-fought 1-0 victory over 10-man Bauchi Elephants at the Lafia City Stadium.

Kabiru Dogo's men had failed in their search for a win in three consecutive matches, losing twice at Niger Tornadoes and Ifeanyi Ubah plus a 3-3 home draw to Kwara United.

However, they got a numerical advantage in their quest to arrest their fast fading form when Wikki Tourist's Abba Umar was sent off on the brink of halftime.

Mohammed Suleiman grabbed the priceless winner three minutes into the restart of the encounter as Nasarawa recorded their first win in four straight games.

The victory moved Nasarawa out of the bottom three and now sit in 17th position with 13 points from 11 matches this season.


Abia Warriors  1-0 Kwara United

The Ucendu Warriors made a winning start in their outing on its newly adopted home ground in Omoku, edging the relegation-threatened Harmony Warriors 1-0.

A 52-minute strike from Austin Obaroakpo was all the home team required to compound the woes of their visitors to get the maximum points at the Ksidera Hotel Stadium.

The victory took the Umuahia based boys to 10th spot with 14 points from 11 matches but the loss for John Obuh saw his remain rooted at the bottom with 10 points.


El Kanemi Warriors  0-0  Niger Tornadoes

The Borno Army experienced another slip at home after they were held to a frustrating 0-0 draw by the Ikon Allah Boys at the Maiduguri Township Stadium.

They had lost recently 2-0 at Yobe Desert Stars in Kano but failed to bounce back in the north-eastern city after they settled for a barren stalemate by Ikon Allah boys.

After the draw, El Kanemi fell to 18th spot, while their visitors climbed up to the 14th position as they started on their road to recovery following the exit of Erasmus Onuh.


Kano Pillars 2-0 Go Round

At the Sani Abacha Stadium, Sai Masu Gida returned to the summit of the Nigeria Professional Football League log after a 2-0 win against Go Round.

Before the encounter, the hosts remained undefeated in six successive games after the 1-1 away draw at Enugu Rangers and required a win by any margin to extend their unbeaten run.

The host missed an opportunity to earn a deserving lead in the first half after leading top scorer Junior Lokosa wasted his effort from the spot.

In the second half, Pillars were gifted with another chance from the spot and Ibrahim Alhassan wasted no chance to give them a 1-0 lead in the 58th minute.

In the 85th minute, Ibrahim Mustafa set up Lokosa and the latter cleverly converted in the final third to extend his season’s goal tally to 10.

Kano Pillars are the current league leaders with a four-goal advantage over second placed Lobi Stars with both tied on 20 points from 11 matches.


Sunshine Stars 1-1 Enugu Rangers

The Owena Whales recorded their second draw on home ground this season after they were held to a 1-1 draw in Akure by the Flying Antelopes.

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Duke Udi's men had toppled MFM 2-1 last Sunday and anticipated another home triumph to consolidate on their revival push, but they got stunned by Gbenga Ogunbote's men.

The visitors earned the lead thanks to Ifeanyi George's strike in the 28th minute, but Nojeem Raji rescued the hosts from defeat with his late first half effort.

Despite the draw, Sunshine are still 15th on the log with 13 points from 11 games, while Rangers are eight with 15 points from similar matches.