NPFL: Rangers Hold Wikki, Enyimba Win, MFM Burn Ikorodu United

NPFL: Rangers Hold Wikki, Enyimba Win, MFM Burn Ikorodu United

By Adeboye Amosu:

Wikki Tourists and Enugu Rangers played out a goalless draw in the Nigeria Professional Football League top-of-the-table clash on Sunday at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Stadium, Bauchi, on Sunday, reports Completesportsnigeria.com.
The hosts despite the draw maintained their top position in the table with 42 points, with the Flying Antelopes who are two points adrift stayed in the second position.
Champions Enyimba boosted their title hopes with a comfortable 2-0 win against El-Kanemi Warriors in Port Harcourt.
The Aba giants went ahead through Nzube Anazemba in the 53rd minute, while substitute Ezekiel Bassey netted the second for the Peoples Elephant in the 69th minute.
At the Agege Stadium MFM FC beat Ikorodu United 3 -1 in the Lagos derby with Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, in attendance.
Sikiru Olatunbosun put MFM FC ahead in the 12th minute, while Ikorodu United levelled scores from the spot seven minutes later through Fatai Abdullahi.
Stephen Odey restored MFM’s lead in the 69th minute, while the home side netted the third from the spot in the 92nd minute.
Akwa United rallied back from a goal down to beat Kano Pillars 2-1 in Uyo.
Kano Pillars who were on the back foot for most of the game surprisingly scored the opening goal in the 55th minute courtesy of Amos Gyang’s fine strike.
Kounnou Paterne equalised for the Promise Keepers 13 minutes from time.
Akwa completed the turnaround in the 87th minute when Yusuf Adio turned in Aniekan Ekpe’s freekick.
In another matchday 25 fixture, Lobi Stars beat Niger Tornadoes 2-0 courtesy of Anthony Okpotu’s 10th minute penalty and an own goal by the visitors late in the game.
In Umuahia, Abia Warriors suffered their second home loss of the season, going down to a 1-0 defeat against Heartland.
Plateau United scored the winner eight minutes from time when Ibeh Johnson coolly slotted the ball home following a wonderful cross from Bitrus Silas.
It was United’s first away win in the NPFL since November 2011.
Niger Tornadoes defeated Warri Wolves 2-0 in Lokoja to move into the top half of the table.
Niger Tornadoes took the lead on 18 minutes through Kunle Issa.
Ibrahim Mustapha make the points safe for Tornadoes 25 minutes from time when he powered home a beautiful header.
Sunshine Stars continued their impressive run in the second half of the campaign holding hosts FC IfeanyiUbah to a barren draw in Nnewi.


Niger Tornadoes 2 V 0 Warri Wolves
Abia Warriors 0 V 1 Plateau United
Akwa United 2 V 1 Kano Pillars
Enyimba 2 V 0 El-Kanemi W.
IfeanyiUbah 0 V 0 Sunshine Stars
Lobi Stars 1 V 0 Heartland
Wikki Tourists 0 V 0 Rangers
Nasarawa United 1 V 0 Rivers United
MFM FC 2 V 1 Ikorodu United

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