Enugu Rangers 2-1 Enyimba Rangers will remain on top of the Nigeria league table after they ca...
Enugu Rangers 2-1 Enyimba
Rangers will remain on top of the Nigeria league table after they came from behind to beat regional rivals Enyimba 2-1 on Sunday.
‘The Flying Antelopes’ have now recorded 17 points from nine matches. Against the run of play, Joseph Osadiaye put visiting Enyimba ahead after 14 minutes with a curling effort from 20 yards, before Godwin Aguda drew Rangers level seven minutes later.
Chisom Egbuchulam then put Rangers ahead in the 39th minute with an assist from Bobby Clement. However, on the dot of full time Clement was sent off after a second booking.
It was a physical combat in the second half as champions Enyimba chased the game, but could not translate their dominance into goals.
Sunshine 2-1 3SC
Sunshine Stars beat Shooting Stars 2-1 to record their first win of the season.
Dele Olorundare scored the curtain raiser in the sixth minute and the Owena Waves were punished for their profligacy in front of goal when Tope Orelope levelled scores in the 63rd minute.
Okiki Afolabi however got the winner for Solomon Ogbeide’s men in the 92nd minute.
Kano Pillars 2-0 IfeanyiUbah
Former champions, Kano Pillars secured a comfortable 2-0 win against FC IfeanyiUbah at Sani Abacha Stadium despite the absence of their reliable forwards Gambo Mohammed and Adamu Hassan who were both injured.
Prince Aggreh puts the Sai Masu Gida ahead in the 28th minute, his third goal of the campaign.
Suleiman got the second two minutes after the break.
The Pyramid City side are now unbeaten in six consecutive league matches, their longest run since June 2014.
Warri Wolves and Lobi Stars battled to a barren draw at the Warri City Stadium.
Plateau 1-1 MFM
In Jos, Plateau United who are the only side yet to keep a clean sheet in the NPFL this season held MFM FC to a 1-1 draw. Adegboyega Micheal goal in first half added time was cancelled out by Reuben Bala’s 49th minute strike.
Heartland 2-0 Giwa
In Owerri, Heartland edged out Giwa FC 2-0. Emeka Atuloma volleyed the ball home in the 54th minute, while Roland Koffi doubled the advantage in the 90th minute to give his side the win, their third of the campaign.
Abia Warriors 1-0 Tornadoes
Abia Warriors maintained their unbeaten streak as they beat hard fighting Niger Tornadoes 1-0 in Umuahia. Chisom Chikatara struck seven minutes from time to hand his side the win.
El-Kanemi 3-0 Nassarawa
El-kanemi Warriors were in destructive mood as they beat fellow northern side, Nasarawa United 3-0 in Katsina. Yakubu Auta (11th min), Daniel Japhet (87 minutes) and Ohanachom (90 minutes) got the goals for the Maiduguri- based side.
Ikorodu 2-3 Rivers United
Rivers United picked their first away win of the season courtesy of a 3-2 victory against Ikorodu United at the Onikan Stadium, Lagos. Ivorian forward, Guy Kuemian, set his side on the road to victory when he scored the curtain raiser in the ninth minute.
The home side however equalised five minutes later. Nonso Okonkwo put the guests ahead on 20 minutes, while Wilson Andoh increased the lead in the 31st minute.
Ifegwu Ojukwu got one back for Ikorodu United 14 minutes before the end of the game, but they failed to get the equalising goal. It was Rivers United’s first away victory in the league since March 2012, ending a run of 71 away games without a win.
Akwa United went three games without scoring, their longest goal drought since May 2015 following a 0-0 draw against Wikki Tourists in Bauchi.
Week 9 results Sunday
- Plateau 1-1 MFM
- Wikki 0-0 Akwa
- Abia 1-0 Tornadoes
- Sunshine 2-0 3SC
- Ikorodu 2-3 Rivers
- El Kanemi 3-0 Nasarawa
- Pillars 2-0 IfeanyiUbah
- Heartland 2-0 Giwa