NPFL 21: Abia Warriors Win Big, Fans Trouble Halt Game In Akure

 

Godwin Obaje scored his fifth goal of the season in Abia Warriors 4-1 victory over Kano Pillars on matchday 15 of the Nigeria Professional Football League at the Okigwe Township Stadium.

Obaje scored the first goal of the encounter as The Warriors continued their fine league form. Obioma Chukwuemeka doubled the lead in the 34 minute before Nyima Nwagua pulled one back for the visitors.

Chukwuemeka secured his brace in the second half. Fatai Abdullahi provided the assist. In the 83rd minute, Daniel Wotlai scored a beautiful goal from 25 yards out to wrap a fine performance for Coach Imama Amapakabo’s team. This is the fifth win of the campaign for The Warriors and they have gather 20 points so far.

In Akure, there was drama. Centre referee Joseph Ogabo could not continue with the game after half-time due to fans trouble. Referee Ogabo cited threat to life as major reason why the match was halted. The encounter was goalless at halftime The second half of the match will be played tomorrow by 8am.

Abia Warriors and Heartland in action on matchday 14
Abia Warriors and Heartland in action on matchday 14.

In Makurdi, Austin Ogunye scored a brace as Lobi Stars held on to 3-2 victory over Plateau United.

The game stayed goalless at half-time, but when action commenced in the second half, Austin Achiv wasted no time in scoring the opener. Ogunye doubled the lead from the spot in the 57 minute and secured his brace in the 66th.

Muhammad Zulkifilu scored two late goals but it was too late to stop the Pride of Benue from recording their 6th win of the campaign.

In Uyo, Dakkada FC consolidated their league position with a 1-0 win over Katsina United. Christian Ekong’s goal in first half made the difference as the Chosen Ones secured their 7th win of the season and have gathered 23 points so far.

Sunshine Stars warming up before the match against Nasarawa United

In Enugu, Rangers International FC had to dig deep to beat Adamawa United 1-0. The Flying Antelopes were almost out of ideas on how to tame the stubborn visitors until Chinonso Ezekwe’s goal broke the deadlock in the 85th minute. The victory also shot Coach Salisu Yusuf’s team to second on the table with 27 points.

In Ilorin, the match between Kwara United and Heartland ended goalless. Though, the Harmony Boys remain unbeaten at home this season, a win in this fixture would have strengthened their position at the top of the log. They still lead the standings but tied on 27 points with Rangers. The Naze Millionaires will definitely relish the vital away point.

In Nnewi, FC Ifeanyi Ubah and Rivers United played a goalless draw while Wikki Tourists beat Warri Wolves 1-0 in Bauchi.

The match between Jigawa Golden Stars and Akwa United was postponed due to the accident The Promise Keepers experienced on their to Kaduna for the match while the match between MFM and Enyimba didn’t take place because of Enyimba’s continental engagement.

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Matchday 15 Results

Abia Warriors 4 Kano Pillars 1

Lobi Stars 3 Plateau Uninted 2

Dakkada FC 1 Katsina United 0

Rangers Int’l FC 1 Adamawa United 0

Wikki Tourists 1 Warri Wolves 0

Kwara United 0 Heartland 0

FC Ifeanyi Ubah 0 Rivers United 0

Sunshine Stars *0 Heartland 0*
(Match to resume tomorrow by 8am)

Caption: Sunshine Stars warming up before the match against Nasarawa United

Picture 2: Abia Warriors and Heartland in action on matchday 14

NPFL 21: Abia Warriors Thrash Warri Wolves, Heartland Hold Sunshine Stars In Akure

Abia Warriors players warming up before a league match at the Okigwe Stadium.

 

Abia Warriors gave Warri Wolves some good spanking on matchday 11 of the Nigeria Professional Football League to record their third win of the season.

The match played at the Okigwe Township Stadium ended 4-1 in favour of the Warriors who are gradually finding their rhythm after a bad start to the campaign.

As early as three minutes into the match, Sunday Williams opened scoring for coach Imama Amapakabo’s team but it didn’t take long before Chukwuemeka Obioma levelled up for the visitors.

Just before half-time, Godwin Obaje capitalised on poor defending by Warri Wolves to double the lead of the Warriors.

In the second half, Obaje got his brace while Paul Samson scored in the 81st minute to wrap up a fine performance for Abia Warriors who are now 16th on the log with 12 points.

In Akure, Sadeeq Yusuf scored his eighth goal of the season to rescue a point for Sunshine in their tie against Heartland of Owerri. It was the Naze Millionaires who scored the first goal through Pascal Eze in the 16th minute and made the hosts to work till the 70th minute when Yusuf equalized from the spot. The match ended 1-1.

In Nnewi, FC Ifeanyi Ubah added hope to their campaign with a 3-0 win over Katsina United while MFM FC also bounced back with a 2-0 victory over Adamawa United in Lagos. Najeem Adeyinka and Oladapo Alabi scored the goals for the Olukoya boys.

Lobi Stars also returned to winning ways with a 1-0 victory over Kano Pillars in Makurdi. Austin Ogunye’s goal in the fifth minute was good enough to deliver three points for coach Kabiru Dogo’s team that has failed to record a win in their last five games.

Rangers International Football Club climbed to 4th on the log after a hard fought 1-0 win over the in-form Kwara United. Chiamaka Madu’s goal in first half secured the sixth win of the season for the Flying Antelopes.

At the Ahmadu Bello Stadium in Kaduna, Faisal Ahmed’s goal ensured Jigawa Golden Stars beat Nasarawa United 1-0 to record their fifth win of the season.

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Matchday 11 Results

Saturday

Akwa United 1 Plateau United 0

Sunday

Abia Warriors 4 Warri Wolves 1

Sunshine Stars 1 Heartland 1

FC Ifeanyi Ubah 3 Katsina United 0

MFM FC 2 Adamawa United 0

Lobi Stars 1 Kano Pillars 0

Rangers Int’l 1 Kwara United 0

Jigawa Golden Stars 1 Nasarawa United 0

NPFL 21: Abia Warriors Spank Sunshine Stars To End Winless Run

Abia Warriors in action against Lobi Stars on matchday 7. Photo: LMC Media

 

Abia Warriors have beaten Sunshine Stars 4-1 to record their first victory in the 2020/2021 Nigeria Professional Football League season.

The matchday eight fixture played at the Okigwe stadium witnessed the goalscoring quality of a rejuvenated Warriors team.

Fatai Abdullahi opened scoring in the 16th minute, curling home a nice freekick to give the Warriors the lead. Five minutes later, Emmanuel Ugwuka’s header made it two for coach Imama Amapakabo’s team.

It would have been three quick goals but Adekunle Adeleke’s effort at goal came off the cross bar. Abia Warriors took the 2-0 lead into the break.

When action resumed, Sunshine Stars in-form striker, Sadeeq Yusuf scored his sixth goal of the season, a header he connected from Seun Olulayo’s sweet cross. The Akure Gunners are back in it to fight.

Abia Warriors wasted no time in restoring their two-goal lead through Bello Lukman’s header. Lukman went on to secure his brace in the 78th minute when he sent in a rebound after goalkeeper David Ariyo saved Godwin Obaje’s effort.

The game ended 4-1. An resounding win for Coach Amapakabo’s team that has gone 7 matches without winning. They will hope to sustain the momentum when they take on Dakkada FC in Uyo on matchday 9.

Enyimba Football Club of Aba, made it three wins in a row with a 2-1 victory over Nasarawa United in Lafia. This is the second away victory of the season for the People’s Elephant and it shot them to the top of the league victory.

Enyimba took the lead in the 16th minute after Abdullahi Abubakar diverted Tosin Omoyele’s cross into his own net. Goalkeeper Danlami Umar was helpless.

It took just four minutes for Nasarawa United to get back into the contest. Chinedu Ohanachom’s header did it. That’s the striker’s 4th goal of the season.

Enyimba didn’t like it. They soaked pressure on the hosts and won a penalty when Sadiq Abdurazaq brought down Anayo Iwuala in the box. Cyril Olisema stepped up to the responsibility and scores from the spot to restore the lead.

Despite finishing the game with 10-men, Anthony Omaka received a red card for using his elbow on Ohanachom, Enyimba held on to win on a difficult ground. All the work was done in the first half.

Akwa United secured their first away win of the season with a 1-0 victory over Adamawa United at the Pantami Stadium in Gombe. Returnee, Mfon Udoh scored to seal a third win of the season for the Promise Keepers who are now 9th on the league table.

In Enugu, Rangers International Football Club bounced back to winning ways with class. The Flying Antelopes were disgraced 3-1 by Sunshine Stars on Matchday 7 and showed their annoyance by thrashing Dakkada FC 3-0.

Israel Abia opened scoring for his fifth goal of the season while Christian Christian Nnaji bagged a brace to confirm the league ambitions of coach Salisu Yusuf’s team.

After the match, Captain of the team, Tope Olusesi says the confidence of the team has been restored. “ We need to show the fans our quality and win them back. We are the Flying Antelopes, and we never say die.”

In Bauchi, Wikki tourists beat MFM 2-0 to record their third win of the season. Promise Damala and Chinedu Udeagha’s goals made the difference.

In Ilorin, Kwara United continued their home dominance with a hard fought 2-1 victory over Lobi Stars of Makurdi while Warri Wolves bounced back to winning ways with a 1-0 win over Plateau United.

After a disappointing loss to Akwa United on matchday 7, Kano Pillars needed to win again and they did just that. At the Ahmadu Bello Stadium in Kaduna, Sai Masu Gida beat Jigawa Golden Stars 2-0 to secure their 4th win of the season and also climbed to 4th on the log.

Action in the Nigeria Professional Football League will return on Thursday with Katsina United hosting Rivers United while Heartland FC and FC Ifeanyi Ubah will lock horns in an Oriental derby.

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Matchday 8 Results (Wednesday)

Abia Warriors 4 Sunshine Stars 1

Nasarawa United 1 Enyimba 2

Adamawa United 0 Akwa United 1

Rangers Int’l FC 3 Dakkada FC 0

Wikki Tourists 2 MFM FC 0

Kwara United 2 Lobi Stars 1

Warri Wolves 1 Plateau United 0

Kano Pillars 2 Jigawa Golden Stars 0

NPFL: Omoniwari Scores Again As Rivers United Beat Abia Warriors

Rivers United players warming-up before the match. Credit: RUFC Media

 

Fortune Omoniwari scored his second goal of the season to give Rivers United a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Abia Warriors in Aba.

The win also shot coach Stanley Eguma’s team to the top of the league standings.

The energetic forward, who scored the decisive goal against Rangers FC last week Wednesday, fired the ball beyond Ojo Olorunleke from a Stephen Gopey assist.

Moments later, it would have been two goals for Rivers United but Lookman Binayo effort failed to find the back of the net.

Abia Warriors created some chances but failed to get level before the break with the best chance coming from Nzube Anaezemba.

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Abia Warriors came out strongly after the break and went close with efforts from Samson Paul as well as Arit Archibong but the visiting team was saved by goalkeeper Abiodun Akande and the woodwork.

Coach Imama Amakapabo’s team would have levelled the game if Chukwuemeka Obioma had converted a near-perfect cross from Samson Paul.

The three points went to Rivers United who had to play the last 17 minutes with ten men after Nelson Esor received a second yellow card for a poorly-timed tackle.

Rivers United now have six points from two matches and their next assignment is the CAF Confederation Cup first round 2nd leg fixture against Bloemfontein Celtic on Wednesday 6th January 2021 at the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium Omagwa, Rivers State.

 

NPFL: Enyimba Battle Abia Warriors As MFM Face Pillars

 

Enyimba will battle neighbours Abia Warriors at the Aba International Stadium on Sunday in one of the Match Day 19 fixtures in the Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL).

The Peoples Elephant, after 13 matches, have 18 points with their latest 1-0 at MFM FC in Lagos.

On the other hand, Abia Warriors are on 24 points from 18 games and will be eyeing all three points against the former CAF Champions League winners.

In another NPFL Match Day 19 fixture, MFM will host Kano Pillars at the Agege Township Stadium.

Pillars who are sitting eighth on the NPFL table have 24 points from 16 matches while Lagos-based MFM have 23 points after 18 games.

Similarly, Akwa United will take on Enugu Rangers at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium just as Katsina United host Warri Wolves.

See the NPFL Match Day 19 fixtures below:

Enyimba Vs Abia Warriors

Katsina United Vs Warri Wolves

Akwa United Vs Rangers

MFM Vs Kano Pillars

Sunshine Stars Vs FC Ifeanyi Ubah

Rivers United Vs Kwara United

Dakkada FC Vs Plateau United

Lobbi Stars FC Vs Wikki Tourists FC

Jigawa Golden Stars Vs Nasarawa United

Abia Warriors Unveil Brazilian Coach Rafael

All is set for the new 2017/2018 football season for the players and management of Abia Warriors FC with the unveiling of their new coach for the season.

The Chairman of the club, Emeka Enyeama, unveiled the new coach, Rafael Everton, today at the Umuahia Township Stadium.

Everton signed a two-year contract with the club to restructure and reorganise playing architecture of team in terms of playing pattern, style, tactics amongst many other.

Enyeama said, “We are in the league for two purposes, the business of football and get quality players that would be marketable that would sustain the club and as well as aspire to be among the first three teams at the end of the season to get the continental ticket.”

Everton who once managed FC Ifeanyi Ubah had been announced as Abia Warriors new manager two weeks ago.

He takes over from former boss Abdullahi Biffo ahead of the new campaign.

The Brazilian is optimistic that it will be a good season for the club and promised to ensure that Abia Warriors will qualify for the intercontinental ticket and called for cooperation.

He said, “I am very happy to come to Nigeria again especially to Abia Warriors FC and I think if we work very hard, I believe at the end of the season, the team would qualify to get the continental ticket, I can say that the team have good players and if we put the energy and the tactics, the team would make it”.

 

NPFL: Rivers United, MFM FC Defeat Opponents

NPFL: Rivers United, MFM FC Defeat OpponentsIt was a delightful match for Rivers United as they defeated defending champions Enugu Rangers on Sunday evening.

The Nigerian south-south team, who finished second last season, beat their visitors 1-0 to clinch their third win of the season.

Elsewhere, MFM FC thrashed Remo 1-0 while Akwa United beat El-Kanemi Warriors 1-0 at the Nest of Champions in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital.

Sunshine Stars also defeated Wikki Tourists 1-0, just as the clash between ABS FC and Katsina United ended in same score line.

Also, Lobi Stars beat visiting Gombe United 1-0; Niger defeated Nasarawa 2-0 while Kano Pillars recorded the biggest feat with a 3-1 win against Enyimba International.

Meanwhile, the game between FC Ifeanyi Ubah and Abia Warriors ended 2-2 while Shooting Stars held league leaders Plateau United to a 1-1 draw.

NPFL: Rivers United Vow To Fight For Title In Uyo

NPFL, Rivers United, Rangers, Rivers United, wikki tourists, NPFL, Abia WarriorsRivers United will be hoping for the impossible to happen in their last game of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) season.

The Port Harcourt based team are vying for the title and will play Akwa United in Uyo on Sunday in what they have described as the most decisive game of their campaign.

Coach of the team, Stanley Eguma is indifferent about what will happen in Uyo because even if they win, Enugu Rangers need just a point in their game against El-Kanemi to emerge champions.

Eguma admits they no longer have their destiny in their hands but as professionals, they will play for a victory against Akwa United.

Meanwhile, Nigerian football fans are pleased with the organization of the 2015/2016 NPFL season.

In their opinion, the quality of play has improved with Enugu Rangers’ consistency and Rivers United taking the fight for the title to the last game.

The fans also want the government and private institutions to show more interest for the development of the league.

 

NPFL: Rangers One Point From Winning Title

Rangers, Rivers United, wikki tourists, NPFL, Abia WarriorsEnugu Rangers are now one point from lifting the Nigeria Professional Football League title for the first time in over 30 years.

The league leaders on Sunday evening beat already relegated Ikorodu United by two goals to one, while their closest rival Rivers United were held to a goalless draw by Abia Warriors.

This means Rangers are on 60 points from 35 games while Rivers are on 57 points with a game left.

A draw for Rangers in their last home game against El-Kanemi Warriors will see them crowned champions.

In other league games decided on Sunday evening, Nasarawa United forced Akwa United to a 2-2 draw, Sunshine Stars beat Warri Wolves by a lone goal, Niger Tornadoes beat MFM 3-1 while Fc Ifeanyi Ubah beat Enyimba 1-0.

LMC Sanctions Sushine Stars, Abia Warriors Over Fans’ Misbehaviour

Sunshine StarsSunshine Stars and Abia Warriors have been sanctioned by the League Management Company, (LMC), for disruptive behaviour by their fans in recent matches in the Nigerian football league.

A total fine of 2.7 million naira has been imposed on the Sunshine Stars for breaching various rules including failure to provide adequate security, as well as for assaulting match officials.

The assaulted assistant referee and the injured Heartland official will be paid compensations of 250,000 naira each from the fine.

Abia Warriors on the other hand, were sanctioned for the conduct of their fans in the match day 34 fixture, against FC Ifeanyi Ubah and have been fined a total of 2.5 million naira, in addition to playing two matches behind closed door.

The club management has been given until close of business on Friday, September 16, to respond in writing, indicating acceptance of the charges or electing to appear before a commission.

According to the Summary Jurisdiction Notice issued to the club, the fans who assaulted the match officials must be apprehended by Abia Warriors and handed over to law enforcement agencies for prosecution.

LMC Moves Enyimba, Rivers United Game To Thursday

Enyimba, Rivers United, NPFLThe League Management Company has moved the midweek Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) clash between defending champions Enyimba of Aba and Rivers United at the Umuahia township stadium to Thursday.

Two other NPFL clubs, Abia Warriors and Ikorodu United, are billed to clash in another week 21 NPFL game at the same venue on Wednesday and that has necessitated the change in date of the fixture between Enyimba and Rivers United.

Rivers United beat Enyimba 1-0 in the reverse fixture in Port Harcourt in February.

Rivers United are in second spot on the NPFL table with 34 points from 19 matches, while Enyimba are fifth with 30 points from 18 matches.

Meanwhile, MFM FC are hoping to restart the second stanza of the Nigeria Professional Football League action on a winning note against Nasarawa United on Wednesday at the Agege township stadium.

The Lagos-based team won the first leg of the fixture 2-1 at the Aper Aku Stadium in Makurdi.

Midfielder Ifeanyi Ifeanyi says the team would be aiming for another victory in Lagos.

Onuwa Emmanuel has predicted a tough game but believes his team would emerge victorious.

MFM are 10th on the table with 27 points.

NFF To Appoint Super Eagles Coach In June

Super EaglesMeanwhile, the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) have confirmed that a permanent head coach for the Super Eagles would be in place for the final round of qualifiers for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

The Eagles have been without a substantive coach since Sunday Oliseh resigned in February with the likes of Samson Siasia and Salisu Yusuf managing the team on temporary basis at different points.

According to the NFF Technical Committee, a technical crew led by either a local or foreign coach would be appointed after the upcoming friendlies against Mali and Luxembourg in June.

Meanwhile, Salisu Yusuf is the man to lead the Super Eagles of Nigeria in the upcoming friendlies against Mali and Luxembourg.

The former Kano Pillars boss will be assisted by Enugu Rangers Coach, Imama Amapakabor, Kennedy Boboye of Abia Warriors while Alloy Agu would serve as goalkeeper trainer.

Nigeria plays Mali on May 27, before going on to face Luxembourg on June 1.

Both matches will serve as tune ups for the final round of qualifiers for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.