NPFL Wrap: MFM Halt Kano Pillars Unbeaten Run As Lobi Back To Top
What is increasingly becoming every matchday exchange of baton at the top of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) log continued on Sunday when Lobi Stars claimed a fairly comfortable 2-1 win over Wikki Tourists in Makurdi.
Gbenga Ogunbote’s men thus toppled Plateau United who earned a creditable 0-0 draw at Dakkada FC on Saturday.
The biggest story of Sunday was however that of unfancied MFM’s 3-1 win over Kano Pillars to end Ibrahim Musa Jugunu side’s 13-game unbeaten run and deny them the chance of going into the record books.
Here though are the details:
Enyimba 2-1 Abia Warriors
In-form midfielder Austin Oladapo gave Enyimba the lead in this feisty Abia Derby in first half stoppage time with a brilliant free kick but new signing Okon Otop levelled for Warriors after a sumptuous assist by Lukman Bello in the 58th minute.
Another player in a rich vein of form Stanley Dimgba however decided the game with his 76th minute strike to give Fatai Osho his first league win in charge of Enyimba.
Katsina United 2-1 Wolves
Joseph Atule gave Henry Makinwa’s side the lead on the dot of half time before old warhorse Gambo Muhammad doubled the lead with an excellent strike ten minutes after the break.
Wolves’ go-to man Charles Atshimene halved the deficit with a 71st minute penalty but that was the much Evans Ogenyi side could muster in Katsina.
Akwa United 0-0 Rangers
180 minutes of top flight action in Uyo this weekend ended without a single goal as Rangers extended their unbeaten run in all competitions to eight games.
Rangers coach Salisu Yusuf deployed a 3-5-2 formation which stifled their hosts for most period in the game although they still had goalkeeper Opubo Japhet to thank with two impressive saves in the second half.
Akwa United’s local rivals Dakkada FC had played out a 0-0 draw on the same turf twenty four hours earlier.
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Dakkada 0-0 Plateau Utd
Akwa Utd 0-0 Rangers
Adamawa Utd 1-0 Heartland
Adam Yakubu 64’
Enyimba 2-1 Abia Warriors
Austin Oladapo 45+2’, Stanley Dimgba 76’ – Okon Otop 58’
MFM 3-1 Kano Pillars
Adewole Adeniji 52’, Clement Ogwu 65’, 81’ – Auwalu Ali 34’
Rivers Utd 1-0 Kwara Utd
Konan Ruffin N’Gouan 67’ (PEN)
Jigawa GS 1-0 Nasarawa Utd
Ali Kalla 45’
Katsina Utd 2-1 Wolves
Joseph Atule 45’. Muhammad Gambo 55’ – Charles Atshimene 71’ (PEN)
Lobi 2-1 Wikki
Utibe Arit Archibong 10’, Austin Ogunye 20’ (PEN) – Nasir Jibrin 90+3’
Sunshine Stars 2-0 FC Ifeanyiubah
Jide Fatokun 24’, Anthony Omaka 30’