NPFL: Wikki Hold Heartland In Owerri, Retain Top Spot; 3SC Beat Enyimba

NPFL: Wikki Hold Heartland In Owerri, Retain Top Spot; 3SC Beat Enyimba

By Adeboye Amosu:

Wikki Tourists stayed at the top of the Nigeria Professional Football League following a hard fought 0-0 draw against Heartland at the Dan Anyiam Stadium, Owerri on Sunday, reports Completesportsnigeria.com.

Abdu Maikaba's men now have 38 points, same as second placed Rivers United who mauled MFM FC 4-1 in Port Harcourt, but they have a better goal difference than the Pride of Rivers.

In another NPFL matchday 22 fixture, Rangers suffered a surprise 2-0 defeat against Plateau United in Jos.

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Joshua Obaje  broke the deadlock in the 51st minute for the hosts  while Kelechi John increased  the hosts lead in the 62nd minute.

3SC continued their resurgence under Gbenga Ogunbote with a 1- 0 win against Enyimba at the Lekan Salami Stadium, Ibadan.

3SC scored the winner in the  24th minute through Ajani Ibrahim who nodded the pall past goalkeeper Moses Ocheje.

At the Yakubu Gowon Stadium, Port Harcourt, Rivers United trounced MFM FC 4-1.

Austine Ogunye silenced the home crowd when he put the ball into the net in the 29th minute.

Guy Kuemian however levelled score for the hosts two minutes later.
They took the lead  for the first time in the game eight minutes later when Bernard Ovoke nodded the ball  home from close range.

Kuemian scored his second of the game in the 66th minute to increase his side's lead.

MFM's task was make harder when Yusuf Jaiyeola slotted home the fourth in the 68th minute.

In Lafia, Nasarawa United edged  out FC IfeanyiUbah 4-2 in a thrilling contest.
Esosa Igbinoba fired the Solid Miners ahead in the 17th minute. He scored his second of the game from the spot in the 24th minute.

Samson Gbadebo handed the visitors a lifeline when he conceded an own goal late in the first half.

Abdulrahman Bashir scored Kabiru Dogo's men third of the game a minute before the hour mark.

The rout was completed when Tayo Fabiyi scored his side's fourth of the game in the 73rd minute.
Okereke Maduabuchi however pulled a goal back for the Anambra Warriors 11 minutes from time.

Kano Pillars failed to recover from their shocking loss to Rangers in midweek as they were held to a 2-2 draw at the Sani Abacha Stadium by Warri Wolves.

Rabiu Ali grabbed the opener from the spot on 26 minutes, while Shedrack Oghu equalized for Wolves a minute after the resumption of the second half.
Pillars took the lead once again through  Emmanuel Edmund in the 54th minute. 

Oghu once again  pulled his side levelled once again nine minutes before the end of the game.

In another week 22 encounter, Akwa United, Cyril Olisema puts the Promise Keepers on 50 minutes.

Micheal Okoyoh rescued a point for the basement side when he hit the ball home 12 minutes before the end of the game.

In Akure, Okiki Afolabi scored a penalty two minutes from time as Sunshine Stars secured a hard fought 1-0 win against Lobi Stars.

Shooting Stars   1   V  0  Kano Pillars
Rivers United     4   V  1  MFM FC
Nasarawa Utd.    4    V  2  FC IfeanyiUbah
Sunshine Stars   1   V  0  Lobi Stars
Heartland           0   V  0  Wikki Tourists
Kano Pillars          2   V  2 Warri Wolves
Ikorodu United     1    V  1 Akwa United
El-kanemi Warriors2   V  0 Abia Warriors
Plateau United      2    V  0 Rangers


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