Lokosa reaches double figures amid sea of red

By George Akpayen

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Kano Pillars striker Junior Lokosa continued to underscore his importance to his team’s quest to win the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) this season by netting one of their two goals as they saw off new boys Go Round FC on Sunday.

As Lokosa was hogging the headlines for the right reasons, the matchday was characterized by a flurry of red cards – in fact six in seven of the matches that took place.

Lokosa scored Kano Pillars’ second goal as the four-time champions cruised to a 2-0 success after Alassan Ibrahim had converted a 58th minute spot kick to put Ibrahim Musa’s men a goal up.

The Kano Pillars striker could have had 11 goals if he had converted a first half spot kick which Go Round goalkeeper Victor Obiowo did well to save.

Musa’s men have now taken top spot.

FLURRY OF RED CARDS

This matchday witnessed six red cards as Heartland’s Fuad Ekelojuoti, Ekene Olisema of Lobi Stars, Abba Umar of Wikki Tourists, Rivers United goalkeeper Rotimi Sunday, Sadiq Abdulrazak of FC Ifeanyiubah and Niger Tornadoes goalkeeper Edwin Nwakanma were sent off.

Lobi won 1-0 at Heartland through Samad Kadiri’s goal but the game produced two of the sending off just as two red cards were witnessed in the 1-1 draw between Rivers United and FC Ifeanyiubah. Rivers United’s blushes were saved by Ochowechi Salefu’s late goal to cancel out Onyekachi Victor Chidume’s strike from the spot.

Wikki suffered a goal defeat at Nasarawa United after Mohammed Suleiman netted the winner and had to play for the whole of the second half with a man less while Tornadoes who drew scoreless at El-Kanemi Warriors played the second 45 minutes one man less.

ABIA WARRIORS PILE MORE MISERY ON OBUH

John Obuh’s three-game ultimatum at Kwara United began with a defeat to Abia Warriors. Obuh’s men did put up a fight but Austin Obaroakpo’s headed goal off Yakub Hammed’s corner was enough to secure the full points for the Umuahia club.

Seven-time champions Enugu Rangers dispplayed a solid performance at Sunshine Stars and earned themselves a point after a 1-1 draw. Ifeanyi George scored for Rangers on 28 minutes before Nojeem Raji levelled matters for the Akure club.

© The Predictor

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