NPFL: Lobi regain top spot; MFM end Pillars unbeaten run


Lobi Stars returned to the summit of the Nigeria Professional Football League following a 2-1 home win against Wikki Tourists at the Aper Aku Stadium, Makurdi on Sunday.

Utibe Arit gave Lobi Stars the lead in the 10th minute when he glanced Samad Kadri’s cross beyond Wikki Tourists’ Pius Ibrahim before Austin Ogunye doubled the lead with a spot kick seven minutes before the break.

Nasir Jubril pulled one back in added time but it didn’t stop Lobi claiming all three points to go top of the table.

Rivers United stick to their third position on the log with a hard fought 1-0 win against Kwara United at the Yakubu Gowon Stadium, Port Harcourt.

Konan Ruffin N’Gouan scored the winner from the spot in the 67th minute.

Current CAF Confederation Cup campaigners Enyimba outclass their rivalry Abia Warriors by 2-1.

Austin Oladapo put People’s Elephant ahead late in the first half, while Okon Otop restore parity for Abia Warriors in the 58th minute. Stanley Dimgba netted the winning goal for Enyimba in the 76th minute.

In Uyo, Akwa United and Enugu Rangers battled to a goalless draw.

Kano Pillars unbeaten run beginning from week 6 came to an end as they were beaten 3-1 despite drawing the first blood in the 34th minute through Auwalu Ali.

Pillars held onto their lead but Adewole Adeniji put MFM level in the 52nd minute before a brace by Clement Ogwu in the 65th and 81st minute denied Pillars a second away victory in the ongoing season.

At the Muhammdu Dikko stadium, Joseph Atule scored his second goal of the season when he struck on the stroke of half time to give Katsina United the lead against Warri Wolves.

Gambo Muhammad doubled Katsina United’s lead in the 55th minute before Charles Atshimene reduced the tally fir his side from the spot in the 71st minute.

FC IfeanyiUbah fell 0-2 at Sunshine Stars in Akure Township Stadium.

Jide Fatokun and Anthony Omaka scored within the opening half an hour as Akure Gunners raced to a two-goal lead in Akure.

Dakkada FC had played out a 0-0 draw at Goodwill Akpabio International Stadium.

Adamawa United secured a 1-0 victory
against Heartland.

Yakubu Adam gave the hosts a winning goal in their battle against relegation when he poked Naze Millionaires goalie Ikechukwu Ezenwa in the 64th minute.

Ali Kalla scored the only goal of the game as Jigawa Golden Stars defeated Nasarawa United 1-0 in Kano.


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