NPFL review: 3SC edge Enyimba, FC Ifeanyi Ubah held in Nnewi


Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) matchday 31 matches produced stunning results and a total of 22 goals across 10 match centres.

The matchday recorded three away draws and seven home wins. Gombe United forced FC Ifeanyi Ubah to a 2-2 draw in a four-goal thriller in Nnewi while Shooting Stars edged Enyimba International 1-0 in Ibadan.

Plateau United picked important point at Lobi Stars while MFM FC fought hard against Katsina United and closed the gap on the league leaders.

Stephen Odey scored his 18th league of the season and equalled Godwin Obaje’s tally last season at Wikki Tourists, he is five goals behind Mfon Udoh’s 23-goal a season record.

FC Ifeanyi Ubah 2-2 Gombe United

The hopes of the Anambra Warriors to finish the season with a continental ticket hit a setback on Sunday in Nnewi. Team top scorer Godwin Obaje was missing in action while Tamen Medrano and Seka Pascal were also missing on the matchday. Obaje got married at the weekend in Lagos.

Gombe United came from behind twice in the second half and forced their hosts to a 2-2 draw at the Ifeanyi Ubah International Stadium, Nnewi. Isaac Loute scored two fantastic free kicks in the first half to put the hosts ahead in the encounter.

19-year-old Gombe United forward Sanni Abbani pulled one back for the visitors in the 61st minute as the visitors dominated the pace of the game. Seven minutes after Abbani’s goal, Austine Oladapo levelled scores for the Desert Scorpions. It was end-to-end stuff but the two sides shared the spoil.

Lobi Stars 0-0 Plateau United

League leaders Plateau United picked another valuable away point in Makurdi, as they forced Lobi Stars to a goalless draw. It was Plateau United’s 12th point on the road this season.

Plateau United stayed top of the table with 55 points from 31 matches, three points above MFM FC who are second on the log.

Niger Tornadoes 0-0 Abia Warriors

Abia Warriors got a major boost in their survival race. With one win in their last five matches, Abia Warriors find themselves in relegation dogfight. Tornadoes failed to compliment the away point picked at Gombe United on matchday 30, the Minna based club dropped another home points this season. Tornadoes have now drawn four games at home this term.

Rivers United 3-1 Wikki Tourists

Rivers United bounced back to winning ways after they spanked visitors Wikki Tourists 3-1 at the Yakubu Gowon Stadium, Port Harcourt. The hosts started the game as the better side, Guy Kueiman, Emeka Ogbugh gave the hosts a first half lead. Abubakar Lawal pulled one back for the visitors four minutes into the second half. Chiwendu Ali secured the victory for the Pride of Rivers in the 58th minute from the spot.

ABS FC 2-0 Rangers International

ABS FC recorded their first win in six matches with a 2-0 win over Rangers. The Saraki Boys were winless in their last five matches. The league champions suffered another defeat on the road and dropped into the bottom four. Abubakar Chindo opened scores for the hosts in the 15th minute before Wasiu Alalade secured the win when he scored the second goal of the game in the second half.

Kano Pillars 2-0 Remo Stars

Two first half goals from Nyima Nwagua and Sikiru Kamal secured maximum three points for Kano Pillars. Remo Stars hopes of survival looks bleak as they are now winless in their last five matches.

Shooting Stars 1-0 Enyimba International

Adebayo Abayomi’s 8th minute goal was enough for the Oluyole Warriors to dispatch a stubborn Enyimba side at the Lekan Salami Stadium, Ibadan. The victory moved Shooting Stars away from the bottom four to 16th position with 40 points from 31 matches. Defeat at Ibadan saw Enyimba lose further grounds on team’s in the top-3 positions.

Akwa United 2-1 Nasarawa United:

Akwa United avoided they dropped points at home in their chase for the title.

Nasarawa United took a shock lead through Aminu Kadir who put the visitors ahead in the 38th minute of the encounter. The hosts responded immediately they equalized three minutes later through Ubong Friday. The hosts resumed the second half as the better side and got the winner three minutes into the second half through Christian Pyagbara.

Sunshine Stars 1-0 El-kanemi Warriors

Sunshine Stars edged their visitors 1-0 at their adopted home ground in Ijebu-ode. Sikiru Alimi’s first half goal helped the Owena Waves secure the three points. Sunshine moved four places up to 11th position with 42 points, three points above the bottom four.

MFM FC 3-2 Kastina United

MFM closed the gap on Plateau United and reduced the points gap to three points. The game was moved to Monday morning after heavy downpour in Lagos on Sunday made the Agege stadium pitch unplayable. The Olukoya Boys managed to earn the win in a five-goal thriller. Stephen Odey and Sikiru Olatunbosun put the Church Boys into a two-goal lead in the first half.

Destiny Ashadi pulled one back for the visitors in the 69th minute from a well taken free kick. Obinna Eleje levelled scores in the 78th minute and scared the hosts fans who left work for football on Monday morning. MFM showed resilience and responded immediately through Chukwuka Onuwa for the winner in the 79th minute. Odey scored his 18th league goal of the season.

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