—3SC Stumble, Pillars Pip Lobi
By Adeboye Amosu:
Enyimba failed to beat Oriental rivals Rangers on Sunday at the Enyimba Sports Stadium but still leapt to the summit of the Glo Premier League following a 1-1 draw in the matchday 20 fixture.
Rangers who lost the reverse fixture a forthnight ago in Enugu were determined to avenge that defeat and took the lead in the ninth minute through Onoriode Odah.
Enyimba, missing their talismanic forward Christain Obiozor, struggled to gain control of the game.
Handler of the side, Kadiri Ikhana, made a tactical change in the 33rd minute replacing Andrew Abalogu, who scored the winner when both teams last met, w8th last season’s topscorer, Mfom Udoh.
The substitution paid off as the home side equalized four minutes later through debutante, Musa Najare.
The two teams struggled hard to score the decisive winning goal, but were undone by their poor finishing.
At the Jolly Nyame Stadium, Jalingo, Taraba United ended their 17-match winless streak with a 1-0 victory against Sunshine Stars.
Stephen Adda scored the decisive goal for Tony Ogharanduku’s men in the 43rd minute.
Newly appointed Kano Pillars coach, Mohammed Babaganaru, started his reign on a winning note with his side recording a hard fought 2-1 win against Lobi Stars at the Sani Abacha Stadium.
Rabiu Ali headed Sai Masu Gida in front on 23 minutes following an inch perfect cross from Adamu Hassan.
Shehu Shagari increased the home side’ s lead in the 35th minute, while Tony Okpotu pulled one back for Lobi Stars three minutes after the restart.
Wikki Tourists failed to get the better of their guests, Heartland Football Club of Owerri, as their game ended in a goaless draw.
In Katsina, El-Kanemi beat 3SC 1-0 courtesy of a 65th minute strike by Abraham Audu.
Giwa FC also recorded a slim 1-0 win against Kwara United, while Akwa United scored a late goal to earn a point against Bayelsa United in Oghara.
The day’s other Oriental derby between Ifeanyi Ubah and Abia Warriors ended in a 1-1 draw.
ALL THE RESULTS
Kano Pillars 2-1 Lobi Stars
Taraba Utd 1-0 Sunshine Stars
Wikki 0-0 Heartland
Giwa FC 1-0 Kwara United
Bayelsa Utd 1-1 Akwa United
Elkanemi 1-0 3SC
Ifeanyi Ubah 1-1 Abia Warriors
Enyimba 1-1 Rangers