19 September 2016
Rangers International FC of Enugu on Sunday moved closer to breaking its 32 years jinx of lack of Silverware as they beat Sunshine Stars of Akure 2 – 0 to return to the summit of the Nigeria Professional Football League table.
Two goals from Bobby Clement were all the Imama Amapakabo-led team needed to return to the top of the NPFL table for the first time since August.
In Bauchi, Rivers United went down 0 – 1 against Wikki Tourists. The only goal of the match was scored by Waziri Christopher 10 minutes from time.
Shooting Stars Sports Club of Ibadan dropped into relegation battle following Sunday’s 0 – 1 loss to fellow strugglers, Warri Wolves. The Oluyole warriors are now placed 14th position with 44 points. With this, they stand a mere 2 points above the drop zone.
In Port Harcourt, MFM FC of Lagos brightened their chances of beating the drop in the League with a hard fought goalless draw away to champions Enyimba at the Yakubu Gowon Stadium, on Sunday.
The goalless draw has now officially brought an end to any chance of Champions, Enyimba defending their league title. The Aba Elephants now stand 7th on the log with 50 points; 7 points behind leaders, Rangers. Enyimba has two matches.
MFM faces Niger Tornadoes in the next round of matches in Minna and hosts FC Ifeanyi Ubah on the last day of the season. The Lagos-based club needs to avoid defeat in both games to compete at the topflight next season.
Elsewhere in Umuahia, Abia Warriors rekindled their chances of surviving relegation with their first win in six games following a 2 – 1 defeat of Nasarawa United at the Umuahia Township Stadium.
With not much to separate the teams at the top of the log with two matches left, it is almost certain that the Champions will be decided on the last day of the season.
MatchDay 36 results
Plateau Utd 1 – 0 Ikorodu Utd
Wolves 1 – 0 3SC
Wikki 1 – 0 Rivers Utd
Abia Warriors 2 – 1 Nasarawa Utd
Lobi 2 – 1 FC Ifeanyi Ubah
Enyimba 0 – 0 MFM
Rangers 2 – 0 Sunshine Stars
Author: Timilehin Boyinde
Oluwatimilehin Boyinde is a research writer and a social media strategist. A public affairs analyst, he writes about history, politics, sports, life matters and technology. He is passionate about happenings in Local and international political arenas. He is an avid Manchester United fan and an unapologetic Nigerian.