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NPFL : Lobi Stars Hold Rivers United, Boost Playoff Hopes; Heartland Pip FCIU In Oriental Derby

NPFL : Lobi Stars Hold Rivers United, Boost Playoff Hopes;  Heartland Pip FCIU In Oriental Derby

Champions Lobi Stars maintained their push for a playoff berth in the Nigeria Professional Football League after they were held to a 1-1 draw by their hosts Rivers United in Port Harcourt on Thursday, reports Completesports.com.

Lobi Stars went ahead four minutes before the hour mark when Kunle Odunlami put the ball inside his own net.

The home side got the equaliser courtesy of a fine effort from Adebambo Ademola in the 61st minute.

Lobi remained in second position in the Group A table with 31 points from 20 games.

Seven-time champions Enyimba secured a vital 0-0 away draw against Remo Stars at the Gateway International Stadium, Shagamu.

The Peoples Elephant are third on the table with 30 points from 20 games.

Wikki Tourists edged out Kwara United 2-1 with Williams Ukeme and Abdullahi Musa getting the goals.

Isah Magaji reduced the deficit for Kwara United 14 minutes from time.

In Group B, Lobi Stars moved to second position in the table after beating already relegated Yobe Desert Stars 1-0 in Damaturu.

Adamu Hassan got the winner in the 10th minute.

In Nnewi, FC IfeanyiUbah (FCIU) suffered a 2-1 home loss to Heartland in their oriental derby clash.

Chinonso Okonkwo gave Heartland the lead in the 38th minute, while Uche Oguchi doubled the advantage eight minutes after the break.

Chibuike Ezeh put one back for the home team 19 minutes from time.

Go Round boosted their survival hopes with a 1-1 draw against Plateau United.
Chiebonam Nwogbaga put the hosts ahead in the 41st minute, while Kabiru Umar netted the equaliser for Plateau United in the 63rd minute.

At the Lafia Township Stadium, Lafia, Nasarawa United took all three points with a 2-1 win against Gombe United.

Adesina Thomas and Anas Yusuf were the goal scorers for Nasarawa United with Adamu Mohammed finding the net for Gombe United

Remo 0-0 Enyimba
Yobe 0-1 Pillars
Rivers 1-1 Lobi
Wikki 2-1 Kwara
Go-Round 1-1 Plateau
FCIU 1-2 Heartland
Nasarawa 2-1Gombe
Katsina 3-1Sunshine

By Adeboye Amosu

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