NPFL: Pillars, Enyimba Go Joint Top As Rivers Utd Secure Vital Away Win Against Kwara Utd In Ilorin
Former champions Enyimba International defeated Sunshine Stars of Akure 2-1 in match-day 10 of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) to go joint top with Kano Pillars at the UJ Esuene Stadium in Calabar on Sunday.
Stephen Chukwude put Enyimba in front 12 minutes into the game, as Ifeanyi Anaemena became the hero after scoring an own goal into his net in the 50th minute, but later restored the lead for the Peoples’ Elephant in the 70th minute to end the game 2-1 at full time.
Elsewhere at the New Kwara Stadium in Ilorin, Rivers United recorded vital away wim against host Rivers United following their 0-1 win against the Harmony Boys. Chikere Osita snatched victory for the Pride of Rivers in the added minutes of the epic encounter away from home.
The clash of titans between Rangers International and Kano Pillars ended 1-1 at the Cathedral, Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium in Enugu on Sunday.
Godwin Aguda scored first for the Flying Antelopes in the 41st minute, before reliable forward Junior Lokosa restored parity for the Masu Gida side late in the 87th minute.
Yobe Desert Stars confirmed their supremacy with a convincing 2-0 home win against visiting El-Kanemi Warriors FC of Maiduguri. Ali Aliyu’s cross is diverted in by El-Kanemi’s Williams into his net in the 14th minute, while Chidiebere Ajoku extended the lead early in the 21st minute as the tie ended 2-0.
Both Wikki Tourists and Katsina United ended their game 1-1 at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Stadium in Bauchi. Shammah Tanze header put the host in front in the 25th minute, while super substitute Martins Usule made it 2-0 for the visitors late in the 87th minute.
FC Ifeanyi Ubah pipped Nasarawa United 1-0 at the Ifeanyi Ubah Stadium in Nnewi Anambra State. Cote d’Ivoire import Seka Pascal scored the only goal from Kone’s assist in the 55th minute. Both Mountain of Fire and Ministries (MFM) FC and Lobi Stars FC of Makurdi settled for a scoreless draw at the ‘Soccer Temple’ Agege Stadium.
Niger Tornadoes of Minna defeated visiting Abia Warriors 2-0 in another thrilling clash. Ibrahim Babawo netted the first goal of the game in the 73rd minute, while Bolaji Adeyemo jabbed in Bashir Usman’s corner in the 80th minute as the game ended 2-0.
NPFL Matchday 10 Results:
Wikki 1-1 Katsina United
FCIU 1-0 Nasarawa United
Kwara 0-1 Rivers United
Tornadoes 2-0 Abia Warriors
Yobe DS 2-0 El-Kanemi
Rangers 1-1 Kano Pillars
Enyimba 2-1 Sunshine Stars
MFM 0-0 Lobi