By Adeboye Amosu: Kano Pillars and Enyimba battled to a 1-1 draw in their Nigeria Professional Football League(NPFL) match day nine clash at the Sani Abacha Stadium on Sunday, reports Completesportsnigeria. com.
Pillars took the lead in the 36th minute courtesy of league top scorer Junior Lokosa, his eighth goal of the campaign, but were pegged back four minutes later courtesy of Emmanuel Anyanwu’s own goal.
Both sides are now unbeaten in their last six games in the NPFL.
The hosts remain in the third position in the table, level on points with champions Plateau United who have a game in hand, while Enyimba moved from fifth to fourth.
In Port Harcourt, Rivers United secured a morale boosting 2-0 win against hard fighting Niger Tornadoes.
Chikere Osita opened scoring for the hosts in the 16th minute after he was set up by Bernard Ovoke.
Emeka Ogbugh marked his return to the side following his participation at the African Nations Championship (CHAN) with a goal as he added the second on 28 minutes.
Nasarawa United and Kwara United played out a thrilling 3-3 draw at the Lafia City Stadium in another match day nine encounter.
Seun Sogbeso put the home side ahead in the 20th minute, while Stephen Alfred equalised for the visitors in the 64th minute.
Nojeem Olukokun scored two quick goals for Nasarawa United to put the scoreline at 3-1 but Kwara United rallied back with late two goals by Alfred who has now netted five times for the Harmony Boys this season and Micheal Ohanu.
It is the Ilorin side’s first away point this season.
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Former champions Heartland extended their unbeaten run against Wikki Tourists to eight games after a hard fought 2-1 win in Owerri.
Abubakar Umar gave Wikki the lead in the 10th minute, while Nnamdi Ebgujor equalised for the Naze Millionaires six minutes later.
Kenneth Ikwugbado scored the winning goal deep into stoppage time.
In Umuahia, Abia Warriors defeated Yobe Desert Stars 3-1 with Ndifreke Effiong bagging two goals for the home team.
Effiong has now scored five goals for Abia Warriors this season. Obi Samson scored the other goal for the Umuahia club, while Manika Usman netted Yobe Desert Stars’ only goal of the game.
FC IfeanyiUbah’s poor start to the season continued as they were handed a 3-0 defeat by Katsina United at the Muhammadu Dikko Stadium.
Eric Dufegha, Tasiu Lawal and Destiny Ashadi were the goal scorers for the Chanji Boys.
In another fixture, El-Kanemi Warriors secured a 2-1 win against Go Round FC in Maiduguri.
Bello Kofarmata handed the home team the lead in the 37th minute, while Okon Otop levelled scores a minute before half time, his second of the campaign.
Samuel Mathias missed the chance to restore the hosts’ lead from the spot in the 65th minute, but Nura Mohammed won the game with another penalty five minutes before the end of regulation time.
MATCH DAY NINE FIXTURES
Saturday, February 18
Heartland 2 VS 1 Wikki Tourists
Katsina United 3 VS 0 FC Ifeanyiubah
Nasarawa United 3 VS 3 Kwara United
Rivers United 2 VS 0 Niger Tornadoes
Abia Warriors 3 VS 1 Yobe Desert Stars
El-Kanemi Warriors 2 VS 1 Go Round
Kano Pillars 1 VS 1 Enyimba