NPFL Matchday 32: MFM mount pressure on Plateau United

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The Olukoya Boys secured their first away win since the restart of the league, thus helping them maintain distance with the table-topping Peace Boys

Plateau United 2-0 Shooting Stars

 

Plateau United continued their dominance at the top of the table with a 2-0 victory over Shooting Stars.

Goals from Emmanuel Odafe and Ibeh Johnson in both half of the encounter saw the Peace Boys ride on to another home victory.

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The result took Kennedy Boboye’s men to 58 points in 32 Nigeria Professional Football League games while Shootings Stars’ five-game unbeaten run was snapped thus seeing them unmoved from their 16th position with 40 points.

 

Remo Stars 0-1 MFM  

MFM registered their first win away from home since the restart of the league after they defeated Remo Stars 1-0 in matchday 32’s Southwest derby.

Austine Ogunye’s 71st minute strike ensured Fidelis Ilechukwu’s men keep up the pace with league leaders, Plateau United - again winners in their tie against Shooting Stars.

Nigeria Professional Football League top scorer, Stephen Odey had, twice, missed the chance to give the Olukoya Boys a lead when he fluffed his attempt from the penalty spot and was asked by the referee to retake the spot kick after Remo’s goalie was found wanting.

The 18-goal striker saw his strike comfortably gathered by the goalie.

But that mattered less as Ogunye’s goal 19 minutes before full time had his side pick their first points away from Lagos since the restart of the league.

Fatai Osho’s men dream of retaining their topflight status is gradually fading out as they sit bottom of the log, 11 points away from safety.

 

Katsina United 2-2 ABS  

Katsina United were held 2-2 by ABS in a dramatic tie at the Mohammadu Dikko Stadium.

Destiny Ashadi and Joseph Adah got the goals for the Chanji Boys while Martins Ossy and Akinbo Oluwasegun’s efforts helped reduce the pressure on the Henry Makinwa-led side.

Katsina would be disappointed to have surrendered lead on two occasions after their experience last week against MFM. They are now placed 13th in the log while the Saraki Boys moved up to 17th spot with 40 points, levelled with 16th-placed Shooting Stars.

 

El Kanemi Warriors 1-0 Akwa United  

Akwa United’s impressive run of form was halted as El Kanemi Warriors defeated them 1-0 in Maiduguri.

Tchoanfine Pade’s 27th minute goal denied Abdu Maikaba’s men a five-game unbeaten run.

The Promise Keepers still keep their third spot, but are now seven points adrift the top spot, while their hosts fifth in the log with 49 points from 32 games.

 

Gombe United 0-0 Lobi Stars  

Lobi Stars were able to share the spoils with Gombe United after playing out a 0-0 at the Pantami Stadium.

The Desert Warriors were unable to navigate their way past the Orton Boys, who would be glad to hold their hosts after a similar result last time out in Makurdi.

The result means Gombe are unshaken from their 19th spot while Lobi are eighth with 47 points from 32 topflight games.

 

Wikki Tourists 2-1 Sunshine Stars  

Wikki Tourists claimed a 2-1 victory over 10-man Sunshine Stars.

Nojeem Raji opened the scoring for the Owena Whales in the 13th minute. Two minutes later, Idris Guda responded for the Bauchi Elephants.

Duke Udi’s men were then reduced to ten men after Dayo Ojo got his marching orders three minutes before the half hour mark.

Richard Jonathan then sealed all three points for the Bauchi side from the penalty spot in the 64th minute.

Wikki are now 11th place in the log, a place above their matchday 32 opponents.

 

Nasarawa United 1-0 Niger Tornadoes  

Nasarawa United recovered from last week’s blow to record a 1-0 over Niger Tornadoes.

Olayinka Olanapo’s 21st minute strike saw the Solid Miners through the encounter.

With the win, Kabir Dogi’s men have recorded three wins in their past five encounters. And are now placed sixth in the log with 47 points and Tornadoes are ninth, two points adrift their hosts.

 

Abia Warriors 0-0 FC IfeanyiUbah  

FC IfeanyiUbah bounced back from last week's dismal display to hold Abia Warriors to a goalless draw.

Goalkeeper, Drissa Bamba was central to the Anambra Warriors feat at the Umuahia Township Stadium on Sunday.

Yaw Preko’s side are seventh in the log with the Ucendu Babes occupying 14th position in the log.

 

*Enugu Rangers 0-0 Rivers United

Remaining 70 minutes of the match to be completed on Monday by 8am. Encounter was rescheduled due to heavy downpour
 

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