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NPFL Round Up: Rangers, Akwa keep top spots, Lobi hold MFM

Nigerian Football News By: Ikponmwosa Umweni | 15/04/2019

The Nigerian Professional Football League continued to turn up impressive results as Rangers International and Akwa United kept their places at the summit of Groups A and B respectively while MFM FC were held to a goalless draw at home by Lobi Stars.

GROUP A

At the Enyimba Stadium in Aba, two goals in either half from Stanley Dimgba ensured the People’s Elephant moved above MFM to the second position as they defeated visiting Kwara United 2-0.

In Akure, a brace from Seka Pascal ensured Enugu Rangers recorded back to back victories as they defeated Sunshine Stars 2-1 to stretch their lead at the top of the table having now amassed 27 points from 12 games.

Whilst in Agege, Lobi Stars frustrated host MFM at the Soccer Temple as both sides failed to find the back of the net in a goalless draw, a result which saw MFM drop down to third on the table.

Other results in the group saw Niger Tornadoes defeat Wikki Tourists 2-0 to boost their survival hopes whilst Katsina United moved off the relegation zone with a 2-1 win over Rivers United in Katsina.

GROUP B

Akwa United produced a stunning performance in the absence of Mfon Udoh for a second consecutive game, with a 3-0 thumping of Kano Pillars at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium, Uyo.

Ndifreke Effiong (17 minutes), Emmanuel Charles (52 minutes) and Kodjovi Dadzie (90 minutes) were the scorers.

At the Maiduguri Stadium, Anthony Yeful’s 65th-minute goal proved vital for El-Kanemi Warriors as they overcame a resolute Plateau United. El-Kanemi is in second place behind Akwa United while Plateau slips to 11th place on the log.

Ibrahim Olawoyin’s strike nine minutes from stoppage time helped Abia Warriors secure a win at home to Yobe Desert Stars, while Chukwudi Samuel scored on 70 minutes, to guide Gombe United to a similar result at home to Delta Force.

In Nnewi, Uche Ihuarulam’s brace put Go Round FC to the sword, as FC Ifeanyiubah closed in within a point of Akwa United and El-Kanemi Warriors.

Nnamdi Egbujor, Chukwudi Nwaodu, and Joshua Akhanbue were the scorers as Heartland defeated Nasarawa United 3-1. Sunusi Ibrahim got the Lafia side’s only goal.

Full NPFL Results for Match Day 15

Enyimba 2-0 Kwara United

Katsina United 2-1 Rivers United

MFM FC 0-0 Lobi Star

Niger Tornadoes 2-0 Wikki Tourists

Sunshine Stars 1-2 Enugu Rangers

Abia Warriors 1-0 Yobe Desert Stars

Akwa United 3-0 Kano Pillars

El-Kanemi Warriors 1-0 Plateau United

Gombe United 1-0 Delta Force

Heartland 3-1 Nasarawa United

FC Ifeanyi Ubah 2-0 Go-Round FC

Bendel Insurance 0 - 0 Remo Stars
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