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NPFL 21: Kano Pillars Claim Top Spot, Akwa Utd Hold Enyimba In Aba

The Kano Pillars throughout coaching.


Kano Pillars are the brand new leaders of the Nigeria Professional Football League after beating Sunshine Stars 1-0 on the Ahmadu Bello Stadium in Kaduna.

The midweek matchday 12 fixture had a lot to supply each side. Kano Pillars misplaced their final match 1-0 to Lobi Stars whereas Sunshine Stars performed 1-1 with Heartland in Akure.

Nyima Nwagua’s objective within the ninth minute made the distinction and likewise shot Sai Masu Gida to the highest of the league desk. It additionally secured a seventh win of the season for Coach Lionel Soccia group who’re in a great place to compete for the league title.

For Sunshine Stars, it’s the fifth defeat in 12 matches, one that can ship Coach Gbenga Ogunbote into deep pondering on tips on how to flip issues round for the Akure Gunners.

In Aba, the spoils have been shared as Enyimba and Akwa United performed 1-1. In the primary half, the guests confirmed extra intent to win the competition with Ndifreke Effiong, Charles Atshimene and Seth Mayi lacking clear probabilities to attain.

A significant speaking level occurred within the forty third minute when Charles Atshimene was hacked down by Abiodun Adebayo. Referee refused to e-book a penalty, as a substitute, he booked Atshimene for simulation.

The first half ended goalless.

In the second half, the People’s Elephant confirmed extra function going ahead and it paid off within the 53rd minute when Austin Oladapo obtained a candy cross from Cyril Olisema and completed calmly to place Enyimba in entrance.

Akwa United obtained near getting the equaliser within the 79th minute. Etim Matthew despatched in a cross, Atshimene related with a wonderful header however goalkeeper John Noble produced an outstanding save to maintain Enyimba’s lead.

In the final minute of additional time, Akwa United obtained their equaliser from an unlikely supply. Left full again, David Philip adopted the ball from a freekick and slot it house to attain his first objective for the Promise Keepers and a significant away level.

In Ilorin, there was additionally late drama. Kwara United denied Abia Warriors their first away win of the season to safe their unbeaten house report. The Warriors took the lead within the 66th minute by Mustapha Jibrin and held on to it until the final minute of the match Alao Danbani scored to rescue some extent for the Harmony boys.

In Jos, returning striker, Ibrahim Mustapha scored a brace for Plateau United of their 3-0 win over Jigawa Golden Stars.

Mustapha, who’s making a return after a six-month stint within the United Arab Emirates, scored within the twenty first and forty third minutes of the match. Oche Ochewechi scored the opening objective within the sixth minute, displacing his markers and completed brilliantly from 35 yards. This is the 4th win of the season for coach Abdul Maikaba’s group.

Rangers of Enugu dropped to fifth on the log after shedding 2-1 to Wikki Tourists in Bauchi. Mohammed Guda scored from the spot to provide the hosts the lead. Israel Abia’s objective within the sixtieth minute put the Flying Antelope again into the competition.

Despite shedding Peter Ambrose, the Tourists saved pushing for the win and obtained it within the fifth minute of added time by Ibrahim Sale. They confirmed Rangers the by no means say die angle.

In Lafia, Nasarawa United beat FC Ifeanyi Ubah 3-0. Adamu Hassan bagged a brace because the Solid Miners recorded their fifth win of the season and moved to seventh on the log.

In Ozoro, Warri Wolves returned to successful methods with a 1-0 win over Rivers United. Emeka Udo’s objective made the distinction.

Matchday 12 motion will proceed tomorrow with Katsina United taking over MFM FC, Adamawa United will host Lobi stars whereas Heartland FC will conflict with Dakkada FC on the Dan Anyiam Stadium in Owerri.


Matchday 12 Results (Wednesday)

Kano Pillars 1 Sunshine Stars 0

Enyimba 1 Akwa United 1

Kwara United 1 Abia Warriors 1

Plateau United 3 Jigawa Golden Stars 0

Wikki Tourists 2 Rangers Int’l FC 1

Nasarawa United 3 FC Ifeanyi Ubah 0

Warri Wolves 1 Rivers United 0

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