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NPFL: Plateau Utd Thrash El-Kanemi To Go Top, Akwa Utd Secure Away Win
. Action from Rangers, Katsina United game
Champions Plateau United bounced back to winning ways in match-day four of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) by thrashing visiting El-Kanemi Warriors of Maiduguri 3-0 to go top of the table at the New Jos Stadium on Wednesday.
Jimmy Ambrose opened scoring less than two minutes into the game, Joshua Obaje doubled the leag in the sixth minute, before Raphael Ayagwa completed the rout for the Kennedy Boboye tutored side as the game ended 3-0 at full time.
Akwa United recorded the only away win in the midweek round of matches, defeating Niger Tornadoes 1-2. Denis Nya scored first from the penalty spot in the 23rd minute, Nosiru Afees equalized for the home team in the 42nd minute, while new signing Victor Mbaoma grabbed the match-winner for the Promise Keepers in the 72nd minute.
Rangers maintained their recent fine form by defeating Katsina United 1-0 at ‘The Cathedral’ Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium. Godwin Agada scored the only goal for the Flying Antelopes in the epic clash.
10-man Go Round played out 1-1 draw with Heartland. Chidi Nwachukwu put the home side in the lead nine minutes into the match, Julius Ubido grabbed the equalizer for the Naze Millionaires in the 53rd minute.
Elsewhere at the Sani Abacha Stadium, Kano, Pillars defeated the visiting team Abia Warriors 2-1. Nyima Nwangwa scored first for the Masu Gida in the 28th minute, Ndifreke Effiong Udo equalized for Abia Warriors in the 60th minute, while Junior Lokosa made it 2-1 for Pillars in the 62nd minute of the game.
Mountain of Fire and Miracles (MFM) showed masterclass as they defeated FC Ifeanyi Ubah 2-1 at the ‘Soccer Temple’, Agege Stadium. Jesse Akila put the Olukoya Boys ahead in the 14th minute, Pascal Seka equalized for the Anambra Warriors in the 31st minute, before Sikiru Olatubosun netted the match-winner for the CAF Champions League campaigners in the 43rd minute.
Sunshine Stars International of Akure dominated Rivers United FC with a 2-0 convincing win. Bala Yahuza scored the first goal for the Owena Whales in the 76th minute, Franklin Sasere scored the second goal in the 81st minute.
In another thrilling encounter in Ilorin, 10-man Kwara United defeated Wikki Tourists of Bauchi 1-0 at the Ilorin Township Stadium. Stephen Alfred scored the only goal that restored the confidence of their fans early in the 14th minute, as the Harmony Boys recorded their first win in four games of the new season. Lookman Binuyo saw red in the 82nd minute.
Newly promoted Yobe Desert Stars defeated Lobi Stars 1-0. Chinedu Ohanachom scored the only goal that nailed the Solomon Ogbeide tutored team in the 74th minute of the epic clash.
Kwara Utd 1-0 Wikki
Tornadoes 1-2 Akwa Utd
Yobe Stars 1-0 Lobi
Go Round 1-1 Heartland
Rangers 1-0 Katsina Utd
Sunshine Stars 2-0 Rivers Utd
Kano Pillars 2-1 Abia Warriors
Plateau Utd 3-0 El-Kanemi
MFM 2-1 FCIU