NPFL: Kano Pillars Sanctioned For Crowd Violence

Kano PillarsFour-time Nigerian champions Kano Pillars have been slammed with a 2.4 million Naira fine for the bad behaviour of their fans during a league game.

The League Management Company (Lmc) sanctioned the Kano club for the poor conduct of their fans during the match against Enyimba at the Sani Abacha Stadium on Wednesday.

Kano Pillars are to compensate an Enyimba official with the sum of 250,000 Naira following injuries he sustained from an alleged attack during the commotion at the stadium.

Enyimba will also be paid 150,000 Naira for their damaged vehicle at the stadium.

Kano Pillars React To Win At Sunshine Stars

Kano PillarsKano Pillars head coach, Mohammed Baba Ganaru, wants his side to remain focused after the away win at Sunshine Stars moved his side to second on the league table with a game to play.

The former champions stunned the hosts 1-0 in a matchday 14 clash at the Akure Township Stadium.

Adamu Mohammed scored the winner deep into the second half of the keenly contested encounter to hand his side the vital away three points.

Ganaru said that his side cannot settle for anything less in the top flight than the league’s top prize.

Meanwhile, Sunshine Stars coach, Solomon Ogbeide, has blamed his side’s lack of cutting edge in front of goal for their home defeat to Kano Pillars.

Coach Ogbeide also thinks that luck deserted his team when Dele Olorundare’s headed attempt came off the post at some point in the match.

Sunshine Stars drop to 14th with 17 points from 14 games.

Sunshine Stars Coach Pleased With Home Win

Sunshine StarsSunshine Stars Technical Adviser, Solomon Ogbeide, is happy to lead the team to victory in his first home game in charge of the club.

The Ondo State based football club picked up the maximum three points for the first time in the season after beating the visiting Shooting Stars FC of Ibadan 2-1.

Dele Olorundare had put Sunshine Stars ahead in the 10th minute before Tope Orelope equalised for Shooting Stars in the 65th minute.

Afolabi Okiki subsequently scored the winning goal in the 90th minute to give the home side the maximum points.

Coach Ogbeide expressed optimism that the win would help to boost the confidence of the players.

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.

Sunshine Stars hold Al-Ahly to a 3-3 draw

Nigeria’s Sunshine Stars on Saturday afternoon, held Al-Ahly of Egypt to a 3-3 draw in the semi-final first leg of the CAF Champions league in Ijebu-ode, Ogun state.

Al-Ahly scored first in the 17th minute through striker Mohammed Nagy Gedo but Cameroonian midfielder Tamen Medrano equalized for Sunshine Stars.

Hamdy al-Sayed pulled the Egyptians ahead again but substitute Dele Olorundare levelled scores at 2-2.

Nagy Gedo completed his brace in the 74th minute before Precious Osasco put final score line at 3-3 courtesy of a brilliant free kick, 7 minutes before regulation time.

Sunshine now walks a tight rope when the second leg takes place in Cairo in a fortnight.