7 August 2017
Plateau United secured a valuable away point in Kano to remain on top of the Nigeria Professional Football League, NPFL, table with three points clear.
The Tin City boys held hosts Kano Pillars to a 1 – 1 drew in a Matchday 33 fixture at the Sani Abacha Stadium, Kano on Sunday.
The visitors took the lead in the 17th minute through Ibeh Johnson before Hamza Abba Tiya leveled up Pillars in the 52nd minute. The draw took the Keneddy Boboye tutored side to 59 points on the first spot, three points ahead of MFM FC who were held to a barren draw at home by Enyimba in a top of table clash at the Agege Stadium on Sunday.
With the results, all the four Premier League meetings between the duo have ended in draws.
The Olukoya boys remain on the second position despite the draw, with 56 points, while Enyimba are fourth on 51 points.
At the Aper Aku Stadium in Markurdi, Abia Warriors stunned hosts, Lobi Stars 2 – 4 to record their second win on the road in the current campaign.
Kingsley Eduwo gave the hosts the lead in the 27th minute with a brilliant volley finish. In-form forward, Sunday Adetunji equalized for Abia Warriors ten minutes later, chipping the ball over Lobi’s goalkeeper, Okiemute Odah off a pass by Hammed Yakub.
Anthony Okemmiri scored in the 61st minute to give the visitors the lead before Adetunji increased the lead with a third goal five minutes later with a brilliant header. Chinenye Agoha added the Warriors’ fourth in the death of additional period before Kingsley Eduwo scored in the 96th minute to reduce the tally.
The defeat was Lobi Stars’ first loss at the Aper Aku Stadium in about four years. Before Sunday, Lobi Stars had gone 80 unbeaten games in Markurdi.
Ajibola Otegbeye converted a 16th minute penalty to give Sunshine Stars the much-needed win over Akwa United in Ijebu Ode.
El-Kanemi Warriors also suffered a setback in their quest for a continental ticket following their 1 – 0 away loss to Niger Tornadoes.
In other results, Niger Tornadoes courtesy of a 77th minute strike by Bolaji Adeyemo pipped El-Kanemi Warriors 1 – 0.
Shooting Stars rallied from a goal down to edge out Gombe United 2 – 1 at the Lekan Salami Sports Complex.
Seun Akinyemi and Najeem Olukokun’s goals in the 77th and 79th minute cancelled out Gombe United’s Musa Usman’s goal on the 55th minute.
Big Spenders, FC Ifeanyi Ubah secured a slim 1 – 0 win over Nasarawa United in Nnewi. Ivorian Import, Pascal Seka grabbed the only goal in the 17th minute.
Remo Stars’ hopes of staying in the top flight may have now ended as the Sky Blue Stars went down 2 – 0 to ABS FC in Ilorin.
In the last game of the week, Champions, Rangers forced Wikki Tourists to a 1 – 1 draw in Bauchi in a match that was delayed for 45 minutes due to crowd disturbances and attack on match officials.
Rivers United hosts Katsina United on Monday morning at the Yakubu Gowon Stadium in Port Harcourt in the last matchday 33 fixture.
After round of 33 games per club, Plateau United remain on top with 59 points. MFM FC of Lagos are second with 56 points while Akwa United and Enyimba are leveled on 51 points to share 3rd and 4th places respectively.
It is an interesting scenario at the lower wrung of the table as any of teams in the 11th to 20th position could be relegated. Apart from Remo Stars. Sunshine Stars on the 11th spot with 45 points are just three points away from Katsina United who occupies the 17th position.
NPFL Matchday 33 Results:
ABS 2 – 0 Remo Stars
Lobi Stars 2 – 4 Abia Warriors
IfeanyiUbah 1 – 0 Nasarawa United
MFM 0 – 0 Enyimba
Kano Pillars 1 – 1 Plateau United
Sunshine Stars 1 – 0 Akwa United
3SC 2 – 1 Gombe United
Niger Tornadoes 1 – 0 El-Kanemi Warriors
Wikki Tourists 1 – 1 Rangers Int’l
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.