NPFL Match Day 22 : Wikki Tourists Stay On Top

wikki tourists, NPFLWikki Tourists have maintained their position at the top of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) table despite playing a goalless draw with Heartland in Owerri.

Title challengers, Enyimba of Aba and Enugu Rangers both suffered losses in their away fixtures with the defending champions losing by a lone goal to Shooting Stars while Plateau United defeated Rangers, 2-0.

Match Day 22 Results

Heartland FC    0-0 Wikki Tourists

Shooting Stars 1-0 Enyimba FC

Plateau United   2-0 Rangers Int’l

Rivers United   4-1 MFM FC

Ikorodu United 1-1 Akwa United

Sunshine Stars 1-0 Lobi Stars

Nasarawa United 4-2 FC Ifeanyi Ubah

Kano Pillars 2-2 Warri Wolves

NPFL: Rangers Extend Lead, Ikorodu United’s Struggle Continues

NPFLMatchday nine of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) produced 21 goals (2.1 goals per game), six home wins, three draws and one away victory.

Enugu Rangers consolidated their lead on top of the league table to two points with a hard fought 2-1 win against oriental rivals Enyimba FC of Aba.

Joseph Osadiaye got the champions in front in the 14th minute, when he curled in Ikechukwu Ibenegbu’s lofty pass from the edge of the area. Godwin Aguda levelled terms for the Flying Antelopes in the 21st minute from a Bobby Clement assist. Clement again turned provider for Chisom Egubuchulam, who finished it with a fine goal eight minutes to the break.

In Owerri, Heartland FC saw off a difficult Giwa FC challenge with a 2-0 win, which saw Roland Koffi smashing home a cracker at the death.

Shagari Mohammed was the hero in Kano, providing assists for Prince Aggreh and Suleman Usman to slot in the goals in the 28th and 47th minutes respectively. Pillars move into second place on the log.

In Jos, MFM FC played 1-1 away to Plateau United. The result increases pressure on head coach, Zachary Baraje, who has been asked to spring results or face the music.

Federation Cup champions, Akwa United, held Wikki Tourists to a barren draw at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Stadium, Bauchi, despite being without their technical adviser, Maurice Cooreman, who failed to travel with the team due to illness. The home side will have Godwin Obaje to blame for failing to convert outright opportunities in the opening half.

In Akure, Tope Orelope’s equalizer in the 63rd minute, appeared to have secured a point for Shooting Stars, but that was not the outcome, as the Akure Gunners snatched a late winner through Okiki Afolabi. Dele Olorundare also had a goal to his name in the sixth minute.

Elsewhere, Abia Warriors grabbed a narrow 1-0 win at home to Niger Tornadoes, at the Umuahia Township Stadium through Chisom Chikatara’s late goal. Ladan Bosso’s El-Kanemi side thrashed Nasarawa United 3-0 in Katsina, while Warri Wolves drew goalless with visiting Lobi Stars at the Warrior Township Stadium.

Rivers United appear to have finally found their rhythm, edging newcomers Ikorodu United in a five-goal thriller at the Onikan Waterfront.

Guy Kuemian got the visitors in front, in the ninth minute before the home side levelled terms through Ifegwu Ojukwu just before the quarter of an hour mark. Nonso Okonkwo and Wilson Andoh put the game beyond the Lagos side before the break, with stunning goals.

Ikorodu United’s late chase only aided them to reduce the deficit through Ojukwu, before end of proceedings. But Ojukwu’s brace proved too little to help them avoid a fifth defeat on the bounce as they drop to second from bottom.

After the game, new technical adviser, Sam Okpodu described the team as young and inexperienced.

”This team has a lot of learning to do and with time they will understand themselves and start getting the desired results” he concluded.

Akwa United Wins 2016 NPFL Super 4

akwa unitedAkwa United have emerged champions of the 2016 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) pre-season tournament.

The Nigeria Federation Cup winners played out a nil-nil draw with league champions, Enyimba on the final day of the 5-day event held at the Akwa Ibom International Stadium in Uyo.

Akwa United thus finished top of the table with 9 points, while Enyimba came second with 8 points.

Nasarawa United also earned 8 points but with superior goal difference.

Coaches of both teams who spoke to Channels Television after the match expressed satisfaction with the outcome of the game.

They also said that preparations are on for the CAF Champions League and the Confederations Cup.

Enyimba Confident Of Top Finish In Super 4

npfl-enyimbaEnyimba captain, Chinedu Udoji, is confident the NPFL champions are very much in the race to win the Super 4 tournament in Uyo.

The People’s Elephant are third on the log on seven points, one point behind leaders, Akwa United, after two matches.

The Nigerian champions were beaten 2-1 by Nasarawa United on Wednesday’s match clash in Uyo.

The NPFL Super 4 contest will come to an end on Friday with Enyimba facing the home side, Akwa United, while Warri Wolves tackle Nasarawa United.

Governor Emmanuel Praises Akwa United’s Victory

Governor Emmanuel Praises Akwa United’s VictoryAkwa Ibom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel, has commended the players and technical crew of Akwa United for their victory in the just concluded Federation Cup competition.

Governor Emmanuel lauded the champions for writing Akwa Ibom State’s name in gold, after winning their first Federation Cup in the 70 years of the competition.

The Governor, who received the team on their return from Lagos where they won the trophy, described the victory as a testimony to the philosophy which seeks to promote unity and greatness among Akwa Ibom people.

The Captain of the team, Otobong Akpan, attributed their success to the motivation from fans and Governor Emmanuel.

Akwa United had lifted their first ever trophy in Nigeria’s oldest club competition at the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos on Sunday.

Zachary Baraje’s men put up a fine display to beat Lobi Stars of Makurdi for their first Federation Cup title in Nigeria’s commercial city.

Akwa United Are Federation Cup Champions

Awka United Are Federation Cup ChampionsAkwa United has lifted their first ever trophy in Nigeria’s oldest club competition, the Federation Cup, at the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos.

Zachary Baraje’s men put up a fine display to beat Lobi Stars of Makurdi for their first Federation Cup title in the Nigeria’s commercial city.

A fantastic first half free kick by Namso Edo and a volley from Afeez Awakan were all the Uyo based outfit needed to edge out the Markurdi based outfit in a keenly contested final.

A consolation goal from Lobi’s Barnabas Imenger in the 90th minute was not enough to deny the Akwa team the win.

Enyimba, Pillars Others Record Victory In NPFL Week 35 Games

npfl-enyimbaEnyimba of Aba defeated relegation strugglers, Kwara United, by a lone goal to maintain the lead at the top of the NPFL table with three games left.

The League leaders have 65 points from 35 games, six points above Warri Wolves who have a game in hand.

Defending Champions, Kano Pillars also defeated Rangers International 2-1, while Akwa United defeated Sunshine Stars two goals to one in another week 35 clash.

Dolphins of Port Harcourt moved off the relegation zone, following a 2-0 win against El-Kanemi Warriors, and Giwa FC moved to third spot on the league table, following a 3-2 win against Wikki Tourists.

FC Ifeanyi Ubah also defeated Heartland of Owerri by a lone goal, while another Port Harcourt based team, Sharks beat Shooting Stars 2-1

Akwa United Defeat Nasarawa United 2-0

akwa unitedAkwa United Coach, Zachary Baraje, has expressed his team’s hope of escaping relegation and winning the Federation Cup for the first time in their history this season.

Baraje’s team stopped high-flying Nasarawa United on Friday night in a Nigeria League week 31 game, to boost his team’s survival hopes.

Aniekpeno Udoh put the home team ahead after 36 minutes off a well-taken corner from the left.

It was his seventh league goal of the season.

Adio Yusuf then rifled home an unstoppable free kick from distance in the 71st minute to make the game safe for Akwa United.

Akwa United are now 14th on the table with 37 points from 31 matches and they will battle Lobi Stars in the 2015 Federation Cup final.

Enyimba, Sharks FC Suffer Defeat In Nigerian League

npfl-enyimba-fcNigerian League leaders, Enyimba FC on Sunday evening suffered their fifth defeat of the season in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL).

El-Kanemi Warriors defeated the Aba side two goals to one, with Benjamin Turba and Efe Yarhere getting the goals for the Maiduguri based team.

Enyimba got a consolation goal on the 88th minute through substitute, Nzube Anaezemba.

Meanwhile, Sharks FC dropped to the relegation zone, following a one nil defeat to Giwa FC, while another Port Harcourt based team, Dolphins moved out of the relegation zone after a 3-1 win against another relation threatened side, FC Taraba.

Wikki Tourists closed the gap at the top of the table after a 2-0 win over Bayelsa United.

In other matches, Abia Warrior beat Warri Wolves, FC Ifeanyi Ubah held Kano Pillars to a 1-1 draw 3SC beat Akwa United by a lone goal.

Federation Cup: Rangers Qualify For Quarter Finals

Federation CupRangers Football Club of Enugu State have qualified for the quarter finals of the 2015 Federation Cup.

Rangers secured a 3-2 victory over Kwara United also known as the Harmony Boys of Kwara on Thursday.

The first goal of the game played at the Area 3 Play Ground in Abuja came in the 25th minute of the match for Kwara United through a left foot volley by Evans Iyoro, while Rangers equalised nine minutes later through Odoh Onorade.

The game, however, ended 3-2 in favour of Rangers who dominated the better part of the second half of the game.

Although Rangers won the game, Coach Imama Amakapabo expressed dissatisfaction with the performance of his team but added that he would work harder to get to the final of the tournament.

Kwara United Coach, Tunde Sanni, said that they were the better team that deserved the victory but his boys were punished for lack of concentration in the second half.

With this victory, Rangers will now face El-Kanemi Warriors in the quarter-finals of the competition.

Lobi Stars will square up against BJ Foundation, while Ifeanyi Ubah will face Nasarawa United. Akwa United will battle Niger Tornadoes Feeders.

Other Round of 16 matches of the Federation Cup were decided on Wednesday.

 

Heartland, Dolphins, Plateau United Crash Out Of Federation Cup

federation-cupNigerian league clubs, Heartland, Dolphins and Plateau United are out of the Federation Cup.

Heartland suffered a shocking 3-2 defeat to a non-league side, BJ Foundation of Edo State in the round of 16, while Dolphins also lost to a second division side, Tornadoes Feeders, 4-2 on penalties.

For Plateau United, they narrowly lost by a lone goal to Premier League side, El-Kanmei Warriors and Remo Stars’ run came to an end after they fell 5-3 on penalties to Lobi Stars of Makurdi.

However, Ifeanyi Ubah and Nasarawa United booked their places in the quarter-finals after securing vital wins over FC Taraba and Abia Warriors, while Akwa United needed an 85th minute goal to send Prime FC out of the competition.

In the quarter-finals, Lobi Stars will square up against BJ Foundation, while Ifeanyi Ubah will face Nasarawa United.

Akwa United will battle Niger Tornadoes Feeders, and El-Kanemi Warriors will await the winner of the match between Kwara United and Enugu Rangers which is scheduled for Thursday in Abuja.

NPFL: Enyimba Beat Rangers 2-1

npfl-enyimba-fcThe Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) has recorded an impressive 19 away victories this season, with Enyimba of Aba securing a 2-1 away win over Rangers.

Despite the victory, the Aba team are still second on the log and that is because Sunshine Stars battled to a 2-1 win over Taraba FC to maintain their lead.

Gbenga Ogunbote’s Shooting Stars returned to winning ways, beating El-kanemi Warriors 2-1 in Ibadan, while Kwara United kept their fine form with a 3-1 victory over Giwa FC.

Current champions, Kano Pillars, earned a vital point away from home after a hard fought 3-3 draw against Lobi Stars.

Also, Abia Warriors beat FC Ifeanyi Ubah by a lone goal; Nasarawa United also beat Dolphins 1-0; and the match between Akwa United and Bayelsa United ended 1-0 in favour of Akwa United.