By James Agberebi:
Photo by Ganiyu Yusuf (MFM FC vs Remo Stars):
Plateau United maintained their leadership in the Nigeria Professional Football League table after holding Shooting Stars to a 1-1 draw at the Lekan Salami Stadium in Ibadan on matchday 12 on Sunday, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.
Johnson Ibeh gave Plateau United the lead in the 45th minute.
But in the 70th minute, Ibrahim Adebayo equalised from the penalty spot for Shooting Stars. The game was temporarily held up but the situation was resolved and the NPFL leaders held on.
Plateau now have 22 points following the draw against Shooting Stars.
At the Godswill Akpabio Stadium in Uyo, El-Kanemi were beaten 1-0 by Akwa United.
After El-Kanemi held out for a long period, Akwa United eventually broke the deadlock through Ibrahim Alhassan on 82 minutes.
El-Kanemi stay second in the league table on 21 points, one point behind leaders Plateau United.
Campions Rangers’ woes this season continued following their 1-0 away loss to Rivers United at the Yakubu Gowon Stadium in Port Harcourt.
The only goal of the game came in the first minute thanks to Esosa Igbinoba strike to give Rivers the win.
And at the Sani Abacha Stadium, 10-man Kano Pillars beat Enyimba 3-1.
A brace from Kabiru Balogun in the 24th and 61st minutes, and a late goal from Gambo Mohammed secured the win for Pillars who have now gone five games unbeaten.
Enyimba’s only goal was scored by Stephen Chukwude on 69 minutes from the penalty spot after former Enyimba defender Chinedu Udoji handled the ball inside the box and was sent off.
In other matchday 12 games, Niger Tornadoes beat Nasarawa 2-0, IfeanyiUbah were held to a 2-2 home draw by Abia Warriors, Gombe United lost 1-0 away to Lobi Stars, ABS pipped Katsina United 1-0, Sunshine Stars defeated Wikki Tourists 1-0, while MFM FC edged Remo 1-0.
NPFL matchday 12 Results:
Niger Tornadoes 2 vs 0 Nasarawa United
FC IfeanyiUbah 2 vs 2 Abia Warriors
Akwa United 1 vs 0 El-Kanemi Warriors
Lobi Stars 1 vs 0 Gombe United
ABS F.C. 1 vs 0 Katsina United
Rivers United 1 vs 0 Enugu Rangers
Kano Pillars 3 vs 1 Enyimba
Sunshine Stars 1 vs 0 Wikki Tourists FC
Shooting Stars 1 vs 1 Plateau United
MFM FC 1 vs 0 Remo Stars