Lokosa’s double help Kano Pillars close gap on Lobi

By George Akpayen

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Photo: LMC Media
Photo: LMC Media

Junior Lokosa continued to underscore why his performance in this season’s NPFL is no fluke by scoring twice in Kano Pillars’ 3-1 win over Katsina United at the Sani Abacha Stadium on Sunday.

The forward has now taken his total for the campaign to 18 goals in 20 appearances, and is just five goals short of equalling the record of Mfon Udoh for most individual goals scored in a single season.

It did not take the Kano Pillars man too long to find the back of the net when he turned in Nyima Nwagua’s assist past former Nigeria junior international goalkeeper Dami Paul on eight minutes.

For the first time this season, Lokosa turned provider when his cross was directed into the net by Nwagua’s head with the break just eight minutes away.

Three minutes into the second period, Lokosa scored his second of the game before Destiny Ashadi’s goal moments later represented only mere consolation for Katsina United.

The Kano club now have 35 points, two behind leaders Lobi Stars whose game against Enyimba was postponed due to the opponents’ involvement in the CAF Confederation Cup.

Title-holders Plateau United were made to work for the full points by Nasarawa United who had to play the last 54 minutes with 10 men after Douglas Achiv was sent off in the first half after Bature Yaro had given the Jos club an 11th minute lead from the spot.

Najeem Olukokun levelled the scores for Nasarawa United on 50 minutes by planting his header past Okiemute Odah from a Samuel Oyedeji freekick.

Reuben Bala scored the winner for Plateau United with 19 minutes to time.

Niger Tornadoes held Kwara United to a 1-1 draw after Eric Frimpong came off the bench to cancel out Segun Alebiosu’s goal for the away side.

Former Cup champions FC Ifeanyiubah were three minutes away from first win on the road this season before Philip Auta fired in the late goal to secure a point for Yobe Desert Stars in Damaturu. Pascal Seka had scored a first goal though FC Ifeanyiubah should have been out of sight but for their lack of cutting edge in front of goal.

New boys Go Round ran out 1-0 winners over Wikki Tourists. Shedrack Oghali scored the only goal of the match while Ndifreke Effiong’s second half strike secured a 1-0 win Abia Warriors against MFM in Lagos.

Michael Ohanu saved El-Kanemi Warriors from suffering their first home defeat since March 2016. The former Kwara United striker scored on 90 minutes after Rivers United had taken the lead through Aghahowa Otakho’s home goal.

Sikiru Alimi and Franklin Sasere scored a goal each in the first half for Sunshine Stars who raced into a two-goal cushion inside 30 minutes against bottom-placed Heartland. Fortune Omoniwari gave Heartland a lifeline just a minute into the second half which only ensured Sunshine Stars endured a nervy end to the match.

The Rangers versus Akwa United match ended 0-0.

© The Predictor NG

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