Wednesday, 28 June 2017

NPFL Wrap: Enyimba Win Big As Plateau United Maintain Lead

Enyimba were the biggest winners in the NPFL on matchday 26 as they picked up a comprehensive 4-0 victory against El Kanemi Warriors in Calabar, while a lone goal preserved Plateau United's five-point lead at the top at the top of the table.
Enyimba 4 - 0 El Kanemi Warriors

Goals from Ikechukwu Ibenegbu and Stephen Chukwude, and Chinonso Okonkwo's brace earned Enyimba a comprehensive 4-0 home win against 10-man El Kanemi Warriors, who dropped to fifth on the log after suffering their heaviest defeat of the season.

Efe Yarhere was sent-off for the visiting team after a silly challenge on Okonkwo with 15 minutes left of the game to compound a miserable encounter.

Enyimba still have an outside chance of overtaking Plateau United at the top as they move into third after a significant upturn in fortunes during the second half of the campaign.

Plateau United 1 - 0 Nasarawa United

League leaders Plateau United continued their strong hold at the top of the table, earning a lone goal win against Nasarawa United thanks to Emmanuel James' 62nd-minute penalty.

The North-Central derby was decided after Peter Eneji was upended in the box, the resultant kick converted by James to inflict a ninth defeat of the season on Nasarawa United, who are ninth on the table.

Enugu Rangers 1 - 0 FC Ifeanyi Ubah

Champions Enugu Rangers earned a home win against FC Ifeanyi Ubah in the Oriental derby, which moves them up three places into 12th on the table.

Ifeanyi George netted the game clincher in the 34th minute to inflict a loss on FC Ifeanyi Ubah, in seventh, whose winless run now stretches to three games.

MFM FC 2 - 1 Sunshine Stars

Second-placed MFM FC secured a comfortable home win against relegation battlers Sunshine Stars despite Otegbeye Ajibola's 90th-minute goal for the Akure visitors.

In a game that saw two penalty kicks awarded, MFM went ahead in the 27th-minute through Tchato Giscard.

League top scorer Stephen Odey extended the lead from the spot in the 79th minute, his 16th goal of the season, before Ajibola reduced the deficit with a well-taken penalty after a handball incident in MFM's box.

Remo Stars 2 - 2 Akwa United

Victor Mbaoma's spot kick two minutes from regulation time saved the blushes of bottom club Remo Stars as they were hold to an entertaining draw by fourth-place Akwa United.

Mbaoma put Remo Stars in front after two minutes, before Ubong Friday equalised for Akwa United. Alhassan Ibrahim then made a mess of a golden opportunity, placing his effort high with the goalkeeper displaced in a miss that he would later regret.

Musa Newman restored Akwa United's lead in the 81st minute, only for Mbaoma to deny the visiting team a win with his ninth goal of the season.

ABS FC 1 - 1 Kano Pillars

Captain Samuel Oyedeji's 89th-minute spot kick preserved ABS FC of Ilorin's unbeaten home record this season as they escaped with a nervy draw against eighth-placed Kano Pillars.

Veteran midfielder Rabiu Ali headed Kano Pillars in front after 54 minutes as they looked on course to inflict a first home defeat of the season on ABS FC.

ABS FC had to wait a minute before regulation time before earning a lifeline from the spot. Oyedeji held his nerves to coolly slot past David Obiazo as the home team dropped two spots down to 14th place.

Gombe United 2 - 1 Abia Warriors

Abia Warriors were made to curse their luck after a host of missed chances denied them a rare away win against Gombe United, and they eventually succumbed to a 10th away loss of the season.

Yakub Hammed gave 11th-place Abia Warriors the lead in the 62nd minute, before two late goals within six minutes, from Afolabi Abdulwaheed and Sani Abbani, handed 18th-place Gombe United victory.

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