By James Agberebi:
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Plateau United continued to strengthen their strong hold on the top of the Nigeria Professional League table following their 2-0 win against relegation battlers 3SC on matchday-32 in Jos on Sunday, Completesportsnigeria.com reports
A goal in each half from Emmanuel Odafe and Ibeh Johnson in the 16th and 78th minute respectively, secured the three vital points for Plateau United.
With the win, Plateau United took their point tally to 58, and three points ahead of second place MFM while 3SC maintain 16th spot with 40 points.
In Sagamu, MFM FC pipped bottom team Remo Stars 1-0 to keep the pressure on leaders Plateau United.
MFM's goal was scored by Austin Ogunye in the 71st minute.
In the 55th minute, league top scorer, Stephen Odey missed the chance to take his goals account to 19 after his penalty was saved.
The win means MFM retain second spot and are now on 55 points.
In Maiduguri, title contenders Akwa United lost 1-0 to El-Kanemi Warriors.
Tchoanfine Pade was the hero for El-Kanemi as his 26th minute goal, sealed the win for his side.
Despite the loss, Akwa still remain third on 51 points and El-Kanemi are fifth on 49 points.
And in Calabar, Enyimba gave their chance of fighting for the league title a big boost after defeating 10-man Kano 1-0.
Mfon Udoh's 71st minute penalty was enough to seal the win for Enyimba.
With 10 minutes left in the first half, Junior Lokosa of Kano Pillars was shown a straight red card.
The win means Enyimba are still in the fourth spot and have 50 points.
In other matchday 32 games played in other venues across the country, ABS forced Katsina United to a 2-2 draw in Katsina, in Bauchi, Wikki Tourist edged Sunshine Stars 2-1, IfeanyiUbah held home team Abia Warriors to a 0-0 draw, Nasarawa United beat visiting Niger Tornadoes 1-0 and Gombe, playing at home were held to a 0-0 draw by Lobi Stars.
In Enugu, the game between league champions Rangers and Rivers United was postponed due to heavy downpour.
NPFL matchday 32 results:
Plateau United 2 vs 0 3SC
Remo Stars 0 vs 1 MFM
Enyimba 1 vs 0 Kano Pillars
El-Kanemi 1 vs 0 Akwa United
Katsina United 2 vs 2 ABS
Abia Warriors 0 vs 0 Ifeanyiubah
Wikki Tourist 2 vs 1 Sunshine Stars
Nasarawa United 1 vs 0 Niger Tornadoes
Gombe 0 vs 0 Lobi Stars