Lobi extend lead, Pillars, Rangers drop points

Photo: LMC Media
Photo: LMC Media

Lobi Stars extended their lead at the top of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) to five after scraping to a 1-0 win over El-Kanemi at the Aper Aku Stadium on Sunday.

It was not the most convincing of performances from the table-toppers but they got the job done at the end after the opening half ended 0-0.

After the hour mark, Samad Kadiri converted a spot kick for which he was fouled in the box. The former Sunshine Stars man kept his cool to give Lobi the lead on 66 minutes.

Lobi now have 30 points from 16 matches but will be looking over their shoulders with second-placed Kano Pillars as well as Akwa United, Enyimba and champions Plateau United on their heels. However the trio of Akwa, Enyimba and Plateau United have three outstandings.

Kano Pillars played out a 1-1 draw at Wikki Tourists with Alassan Ibrahim’s strike cancelling Nafiu Kabuga’s 22nd minute goal. It took Alassan only seven minutes to ensure the Kano club earn a point at the New Jos Stadium.

Rangers dropped out of the top-four after suffering a 1-0 defeat at Niger Tornadoes. Ibrahim Babawo’s goal on 17 minutes was sufficient for Tornadoes to claim the full points. Tornadoes move into fifth place but are seven points behind the leaders.

Patrick Ikeokwu, Issif Traore and Chijioke Alaekwe scored in the space of one hour for FC Ifeanyiubah as they turned their contest on the head to defeat Sunshine Stars 3-1 after Sikiru Alimi gave the Akure club the lead. The defeat means Sunshine Stars drop into the bottom-four.

Despite a 1-0 defeat at the August 27 Stadium in Damaturu to Yobe Desert Stars, new boys Go Round FC move out of the bottom-four by virtue of superior goal difference. A late goal from James Odeh who was only on the pitch for five minutes as a substitute secured the slim win for Yobe Stars.

Rivers United could not hold on for the last 11 minutes at Katsina United to earn a draw after Emeka Ogbugh equalized for them within four minutes of the hosts going in front through Obinna Eleje. Martins Usule who is having an impressive campaign directed Usman Barau’s cross to give Katsina United a 2-1 win.

The Oriental Derby between Heartland and Abia Warriors ended 0-0. The outcome means Heartland will have to wait for their first-ever NPFL win over their southeast rivals.

© The Predictor NG


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