Rangers Hold Wikki, Akwa Pip Pillars, MFM Claim Lagos Derby With Ambode In Attendance
Wikki Tourists and Enugu Rangers played out a goalless draw in the Nigeria Professional Football League top-of-the-table
clash on Sunday at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Stadium, Bauchi, on Sunday.
The hosts despite the draw maintained their top position in the table with 42 points, with the Flying Antelopes who are
two points adrift stayed in the second position.
Champions Enyimba boosted their title hopes with a comfortable 2-0 win against El-Kanemi Warriors in Port Harcourt.
The Aba giants went ahead through Nzube Anazemba in the 53rd minute, while substitute Ezekiel Bassey netted the second
for the Peoples Elephant in the 69th minute.
The League Management Company (LMC) had given a one-match waiver to MFM following the decision to have the Lagos team
play without their fans at the Agege Stadium and the team handled by Fedilis Ilechukwu had the Lagos State governor,
Akinwumi Ambode in attendance on Sunday as they defeated Ikorodu United 3 -1 in the Lagos derby.
Sikiru Olatunbosun put MFM FC ahead in the 12th minute, while Ikorodu United levelled scores from the spot seven minutes
later through Fatai Abdullahi.
Stephen Odey restored MFM’s lead in the 69th minute, while the home side netted the third from the spot in the 92nd
Akwa United rallied back from a goal down to beat Kano Pillars 2-1 in Uyo.
Kano Pillars who were on the back foot for most of the game surprisingly scored the opening goal in the 55th minute
courtesy of Amos Gyang’s fine strike. Kounnou Paterne equalised for the Promise Keepers 13 minutes from time.
Akwa completed the turnaround in the 87th minute when Yusuf Adio turned in Aniekan Ekpe’s freekick.
In another matchday 25 fixture, Lobi Stars beat Niger Tornadoes 2-0 courtesy of Anthony Okpotu’s 10th minute penalty and
an own goal by the visitors late in the game.
In Umuahia, Abia Warriors suffered their second home loss of the season, going down to a 1-0 defeat against Heartland.
Plateau United scored the winner eight minutes from time when Ibeh Johnson coolly slotted the ball home following a
wonderful cross from Bitrus Silas.It was United’s first away win in the NPFL since November 2011.
Niger Tornadoes defeated Warri Wolves 2-0 in Lokoja to move into the top half of the table.
Niger Tornadoes took the lead on 18 minutes through Kunle Issa.
Ibrahim Mustapha make the points safe for Tornadoes 25 minutes from time when he powered home a beautiful header.
Sunshine Stars continued their impressive run in the second half of the campaign holding hosts FC IfeanyiUbah to a
barren draw in Nnewi.
MATCHDAY 25 RESULTS
Niger Tornadoes 2 V 0 Warri Wolves
Abia Warriors 0 V 1 Plateau United
Akwa United 2 V 1 Kano Pillars
Enyimba 2 V 0 El-Kanemi W.
IfeanyiUbah 0 V 0 Sunshine Stars
Lobi Stars 1 V 0 Heartland
Wikki Tourists 0 V 0 Rangers
Nasarawa United 1 V 0 Rivers United
MFM FC 2 V 1 Ikorodu United