NPFL 21: Kano Pillars Intensify Title Chase, Akwa Utd Earn Precious Away Point

Kano Pillars Players filling out for a league match.
Kano Pillars Players filling out for a league match.

 

Kano Pillars have reduced Akwa United’s lead at the top of the Nigeria Professional Football League table to just two points after beating Lobi Stars 3-0 at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium in Kaduna on matchday 31.

Umar Hassan, who is returning to the starting line-up for the first time since the league’s first stanza, opened the scoring for the hosts. It’s Hassan’s second goal of the season. Sai Masu Gida took the 1-0 lead into the break.

Kano Pillars have been formidable at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium and they proved it when the second half commenced. Lobi Stars were just trying to get their rhythm when David Ebuka doubled the lead for Pillars with a header from a corner kick.

In the 63rd minute, charismatic captain, Rabiu Ali scored the third goal and his 12th of the season to seal victory for Coach Ibrahim Musa’s team who are finely placed now to compete for the league title.

Precious Points For Akwa Utd, Sunshine Stars

At the New Jos Stadium, league leaders showed good character to hold Plateau United to a goalless draw. The Promise Keepers will keep the precious point as they chase for the league title heats up.

Coach Abdul Maikaba’s team lost 3-1 to Rivers United on matchday 30 and were in desperate need of a win but his former team defended so well to stop them. The brilliant goalkeeping by Adewale Adeyinka also deserves commendation. In the 68th minute, Nasiru Jibril was booked for a late challenge, free-kick to the hosts. The dangerous free-kick was saved by goalkeeper Adeyinka. In the final minutes of the match, goalkeeper Adeyinka also produced a triple save to deny the hosts.

Sunshine Stars of Akure confirmed their determination to stay in the league with a hard-fought 0-1 win over Heartland FC at the Dan Anyiam Stadium in Owerri. Ifegwu Ojukwu’s gave the Akure Gunners the precious win and the second away victory of the season as they continue the fight to avoid relegation.

Another team fighting relegation, Warri Wolves, also put up a good show to consolidate on their good performance in Aba against Enyimba on matchday 30. The Wolves were so close to winning in Aba, a late goal by Austin Oladapo rescued a point for Enyimba.

Rivers United line-up against Enyimba on matchday 31
Rivers United line-up against Enyimba on matchday 31

Their matchday 31 fixture against Abia Warriors was a rush. Under 10 minutes, they scored two goals and held on to it to record their 8th win of the season. For Abia Warriors, things are going from bad to worse, the last time the Warriors won a match was on matchday 27, a 2-0 win over Lobi Stars. With today’s result, Abia Warriors have lost five matches in a row now.

Sunshine Stars line up
Sunshine Stars line up

Home Advantage

At the Muhammadu Dikko Stadium in Katsina, Katsina United continued their fine form with a 3-0 win over struggling FC Ifeanyi Ubah. This is the third win in a row for the Changi Boys who have been on fire since stopping Akwa United’s unbeaten run on matchday 29.

The hosts completed the job in the first half. Samuel Kalu opened the scoring in the 25th and got his brace in the 30th. Five minutes later, the in-form Joseph Atule sealed victory for the Katsina-based team. They now have 40 points and secured 12 victories so far. This is the 14th defeat of the season for FC Ifeanyi Ubah and the Anambra Warriors have now dropped into the relegation zone.

In Ilorin, Kwara United continued their home dominance with a 2-0 win over Rangers International Football Club. It was a cagey affair in the first half with both sides creating chances but failed to score.

 

FThe game was still till the 63rd minute when Kabiru Balogun found the back of the net to give the hosts the lead. With four minutes of regulation time remaining, Farayola Olawale doubled the lead with a classic goal for the Harmony Boys. They held on to record their 15th win of the season and still look good to compete for the league title.

In Bauchi, Wikki Tourists ended the 4-game unbeaten run of Dakkada FC with a 2-1 victory over the Uyo based team. Nazifi Yahaya and Ibrahim Sale scored the goals for the hosts to seal their 9th win of the season.

Enyimba's striker, Tosin Omoyele contests for an aerial ball
Enyimba’s striker, Tosin Omoyele contests for an aerial ball

Shared Points

In Aba, Enyimba failed to win again. In their last game, they played 1-1 with Warri Wolves. Against Rivers United, it finished 1-1 again. Malachi Ohawuma gave the pride of Rivers the lead in the 33rd minute while Sadiq Abubakar equalized for the hosts in the second half. This is the 9th draw of the season for the People’s Elephant.

Enyimba FC line-up against Rivers United

At the Pantami Stadium in Gombe, MFM FC of Lagos fought from a goal down to play 1-1 with Adamawa United. As early as 4 minutes into the game, Bolaji Michael’s goal gave the hosts the lead and it stayed that way till the 72nd minute when Izuchukwu Chimezie equalized for the Olukoya Boys.

On Monday, Nasarawa United, the highest goalscoring team in the league so far will host Jigawa Golden Stars in Lafia. The Solid Miners have gathered 52 points from 30 matches and if they win, they will return to second on the league table.

MFM FC set for action at the Pantami Stadium in Gombe
MFM FC set for action at the Pantami Stadium in Gombe

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Matchday 31 Results

Kano Pillars 3 Lobi Stars 0

Plateau United 0 Akwa United 0

Heartland 0 Sunshine Stars 1

Warri Wolves 2 Abia Warriors 0

Katsina United 3 FC Ifeanyi Ubah 0

Kwara United 2 Rangers Int’l FC 0

Enyimba 1 Rivers United 1

Wikki Tourists 2 Dakkada FC 1

Adamawa United 1 MFM FC 1

Monday Fixture

Nasarawa United vs Jigawa Golden Stars

NPFL 21: Musa Makes Winning Return To Kano Pillars, Akwa Utd Retain Top Spot

Rabiu Ali hands over the captain’s armband to Ahmed Musa just before kick-off (Picture Courtesy: Kano Pillars)

 

Super Eagles captain, Ahmed Musa, made a winning return to Kano Pillars, providing an assist for Rabiu Ali to score in Sai Masu Gida’s hard fought 1-0 victory over Adamawa United on matchday 21 of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL).

Asides from the dazzling run Musa made in the opening minutes, and Fahad Usman’s curled free-kick in the 15th minute, the first-half action at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium in Kaduna failed to produce talking points.

Adamawa United showed Pillars no respect. They contested aerial balls, chased the game, and took it to their opponents. The first half ended goalless.

Pillars doubled their efforts in the second half. In the 70th minute, they cracked the walls of Adamawa United when Rabiu Ali was brought down in the box and a penalty was awarded to Pillars.

Ali stepped up to the task and sent the ball to the heavens. Relief for the visitors. That’s the first time the reliable Ali will be missing from the spot this season.

Ten minutes later, he made amends for his miss when he received a fine pass from Musa to score his eighth goal of the season. That goal meant so much to Pillars league ambition.

Sai Masu Gida have now recorded 12 wins this season, they are third on the log. It’s the 13th defeat for Adamawa United and they are still bottom of the log.

Rabiu Ali and Ahmed Musa during Pillars training session (Picture Courtesy: Kano Pillars)

 

Unstoppable Akwa United

Akwa United extended their unbeaten run to 11 matches with a 2-0 victory over Dakkada FC in the Uyo derby. Man on fire, Charles Atshimene scored both goals for coach Kennedy Boboye’s team.

As early as 10 minutes into the match, Atshimene received an assist from Etim Matthew to smash Akwa United into the lead from 15 yards.

When the second half resumed, Atshimene wasted no time in securing his brace. Assisted by Akarandut Orok, he curled in the ball from 20 yards to score his 6th goal of the season. The win ensured Akwa United stays unbeaten with 40 points now and retain the top position on the log.

Akwa United’s next match is a home fixture against Rangers International Football Club.

Akwa United players celebrating a goal

Kwara United returned to winning ways with a 2-0 win over Plateau United. Coach Abdullahi Biffo’s team lost top spot position after losing to Nasarawa United on matchday 20. Still the surprise team of the season, the Harmony Boys are second on the log, they are still unbeaten at home and yet to drop below the top four.

 

Away Teams Prevail

Matchday 21 produced a tale of away victories. Four!

In Ozoro, MFM Football Club of Lagos stunned Warri Wolves 0-2 to keep their season’s hopes alive.

First-half goals from Ifeanyi Onyebuchi and Clement Ogwu secured the 7th win of the campaign for the Olukoya boys who are now 13th on the log. The hosts had a chance to pull one back in the 68th when they were awarded a penalty but Mark Daniel failed to score from the spot.

He sent the goalkeeper the wrong way, but his effort went wide. Warri Wolves were condemned to an 11th defeat this season, they’ve won just 5 games and dropped to 17th on the log.

Nasarawa United travelled to Bauchi to secure a crucial 1-2 win over Wikki Tourists. The Solid Miners needed to consolidate on their 2-1 victory over Kwara United on Matchday 20 and they did just that. Same guys who got the job done in Lafia, continued their fine form in Bauchi.

It was the home side that opened the scoring in the 22nd minute through Manu Garba. It didn’t take long before Anas Yusuf leveled up for the visitors. Silas Nwankwo scored the winner in the opening minutes of the second to seal the 6th spot on the log for coach Bala Nikyu’s team.

In Enugu, an early goal scored by Godwin Aguda from close range was good enough to give Rivers United victory over Rangers International FC. It is the 6th defeat of the season for the Flying Antelopes who were hoping to consolidate their chase for the top spot. The win shot the Pride of Rivers into the top four.

 

The Struggles of Sunshine Stars, FC Ifeanyi Ubah

FC Ifeanyi Ubah struggles continued with a 2-0 loss to Lobi Stars in Makurdi. Ossy Martins and Monday Akile goals gave coach Kabiru Dogo’s team their 9th win of the season.

In Owerri, Heartland FC made it back-to-back wins in the league with a 2-0 win over Katsina United.

The first half by Bright Onyedikachi and Kelechi Chimezie secured maximum points for coach Fidelis Ilechukwu’s team and shot them to 7th on the table.

In Akure, the winless run of Sunshine Stars continued after they played a goalless draw with Jigawa Golden Stars. Coach Gbenga Ogunbote’s team have failed to record a win since their matchday 7 victory over Rangers International. It’s now 14 games without a win and they are comfortably in the relegation zone.

NPFL table after matchday 21 (Courtesy: LMC Media)

 

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Matchday 21 Results

Kano Pillars 1 Adamawa United 0

Dakkada FC 0 Akwa United 2

Kwara United 2 Plateau United 0

Warri Wolves 0 MFM FC 2

Wikki Tourists 1 Nasarawa United 2

Rangers Int’l FC 0 Rivers United 1

Lobi Stars 2 FC Ifeanyi Ubah 0

Heartland FC 2 Katsina United 0

Sunshine Stars 0 Jigawa Golden Stars 0

 

Governor Ganduje To Unveil Ahmed Musa As Latest Kano Pillars Signing

File photo of Ahmed Musa and Governor Ganduje

 

Governor Ganduje of Kano state is set to unveil captain of the Super Eagles Ahmed Musa as Kano Pillars latest signing.

Musa started his football career with JUTH FC and subsequently loaned to Kano Pillars before sealing a deal with Dutch side VVV-Venlo at 17 years of age

In a tweet via their official handle on Wednesday, Kano Pillars confirmed the unveiling of the star will be done by the state governor before the second half of the league season.

“Kano State Governor, @GovUmarGanduje to unveils @Ahmedmusa718 before the commencement of the@LMCNPFL second stanza,” the tweet read.

 

 

The statement went further to say

“Free agent Ahmed Musa has agreed to a contract until the end of the Nigerian league season in June.”

The four-time Nigerian champions expressed their joy at having their export back at the club, promising their continuous support for the 28-year-old.

“Ahmed Musa is our own and Kano Pillars welcome him back and will continue to support him,” Pillars said.

Also welcoming the move by the 3-time Russian professional league champion to his former side was Senator Shehu Sani in a tweet, who lauded it as the “best strategy” to improve local football in the country.

 

 

Pillars are joint-leaders of the Nigeria Professional Football League halfway through the season with 36 points from 19 matches.

Musa Made history by becoming the first Nigerian to score in two FIFA World Cup competitions after he scored twice against Iceland in the group stage of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

 

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: Kano Pillars Claim Top Spot, Akwa Utd Hold Enyimba In Aba

The Kano Pillars during training.

 

Kano Pillars are the new leaders of the Nigeria Professional Football League after beating Sunshine Stars 1-0 at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium in Kaduna.

The midweek matchday 12 fixture had so much to offer both sides. Kano Pillars lost their last match 1-0 to Lobi Stars while Sunshine Stars played 1-1 with Heartland in Akure.

Nyima Nwagua’s goal in the 9th minute made the difference and also shot Sai Masu Gida to the top of the league table. It also secured a 7th win of the season for Coach Lionel Soccia team who are in a good position to compete for the league title.

For Sunshine Stars, it is the fifth defeat in 12 matches, one that will send Coach Gbenga Ogunbote into deep thinking on how to turn things around for the Akure Gunners.

In Aba, the spoils were shared as Enyimba and Akwa United played 1-1. In the first half, the visitors showed more intent to win the contest with Ndifreke Effiong, Charles Atshimene and Seth Mayi missing clear chances to score.

A major talking point happened in the 43rd minute when Charles Atshimene was hacked down by Abiodun Adebayo. Referee refused to book a penalty, instead, he booked Atshimene for simulation.

The first half ended goalless.

In the second half, the People’s Elephant showed more purpose going forward and it paid off in the 53rd minute when Austin Oladapo received a sweet pass from Cyril Olisema and finished calmly to put Enyimba in front.

Akwa United got close to getting the equaliser in the 79th minute. Etim Matthew sent in a cross, Atshimene connected with a fine header but goalkeeper John Noble produced a superb save to keep Enyimba’s lead.

In the last minute of extra time, Akwa United got their equaliser from an unlikely source. Left full back, David Philip followed the ball from a freekick and slot it home to score his first goal for the Promise Keepers and a vital away point.

In Ilorin, there was also late drama. Kwara United denied Abia Warriors their first away win of the season to secure their unbeaten home record. The Warriors took the lead in the 66th minute through Mustapha Jibrin and held on to it till the last minute of the match Alao Danbani scored to rescue a point for the Harmony boys.

In Jos, returning striker, Ibrahim Mustapha scored a brace for Plateau United in their 3-0 win over Jigawa Golden Stars.

Mustapha, who is making a return after a six-month stint in the United Arab Emirates, scored in the 21st and 43rd minutes of the match. Oche Ochewechi scored the opening goal in the 6th minute, displacing his markers and finished brilliantly from 35 yards. This is the 4th win of the season for coach Abdul Maikaba’s team.

Rangers of Enugu dropped to fifth on the log after losing 2-1 to Wikki Tourists in Bauchi. Mohammed Guda scored from the spot to give the hosts the lead. Israel Abia’s goal in the 60th minute put the Flying Antelope back into the contest.

Despite losing Peter Ambrose, the Tourists kept pushing for the win and got it in the fifth minute of added time through Ibrahim Sale. They showed Rangers the never say die attitude.

In Lafia, Nasarawa United beat FC Ifeanyi Ubah 3-0. Adamu Hassan bagged a brace as the Solid Miners recorded their fifth win of the season and moved to 7th on the log.

In Ozoro, Warri Wolves returned to winning ways with a 1-0 win over Rivers United. Emeka Udo’s goal made the difference.

Matchday 12 action will continue tomorrow with Katsina United taking on MFM FC, Adamawa United will host Lobi stars while Heartland FC will clash with Dakkada FC at the Dan Anyiam Stadium in Owerri.

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Matchday 12 Results (Wednesday)

Kano Pillars 1 Sunshine Stars 0

Enyimba 1 Akwa United 1

Kwara United 1 Abia Warriors 1

Plateau United 3 Jigawa Golden Stars 0

Wikki Tourists 2 Rangers Int’l FC 1

Nasarawa United 3 FC Ifeanyi Ubah 0

Warri Wolves 1 Rivers United 0

Plateau Utd, Kano Pillars Crash Out Of Continental Cups

Plateau United crashed out of the CAF Champions League on December 5, 2020.
Plateau United crashed out of the CAF Champions League on December 5, 2020.

 

Nigeria’s Plateau United on Saturday crashed out of the CAF Champions League after playing a goalless draw with Simba Sports Club of Tanzania.

Plateau United had lost the first leg at home 1-0 to the Tanzanian club.

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Kano Pillars suffered a similar fate in the CAF Confederation Cup after failing to overturn a first-leg deficit against A.S.C Jaraaf of Senegal.

The ‘Sai Masu Gida’ as they are fondly called by their fans played a goalless draw at home and lost out 3-1 on aggregate.

Kano Pillars, Nigeria Customs To Clash In Volleyball Super Cup Final

Kano Pillars players jubilating after stunning NSCDC to reach the final

 

Kano Pillars and Nigeria Customs Service will lock go against each other in the men’s final of the ongoing Nigeria Volleyball SuperCup today at the University of Ilorin, Kwara State.

Kano Pillars outclassed Nigeria Security Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) 3-1 (19-25, 27-25, 27-25, 26-24) in the first semifinals of the men’s event while Nigeria Customs Service spanked Sunshine Spikers 3-0 (25-16, 25-18, 27-25) in the men’s second semifinal event.

Kano Pillars head coach, Musa Babamusa said his only obstacle to the Super Cup trophy was the NSCDC team and praised his players for playing according to instructions and the reward of tactical discipline was achieved.

“First and foremost, I want to give glory to Almighty God for giving my team this grace to play this game. When we came here, I told you that my mission is to take this trophy and God scaled me through the hurdles of the NSCDC team; they are the obstacle I have to the trophy here in Ilorin,” Babamusa said.

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“The game plan we deployed was simple; we know them very well and we came out to beat them. I know my boys so I do not need to shout on my boys during the game; whatever we need to do, I do it at home during training sessions.’

“One thing that I am happy for is that my boys always play according to instructions; yes they are young players and sometimes experience matters but I thank God my boys recovered.

“The truth is that we have outclassed the NSCDC team in the past and we will continue to outclass them. I am here to take the trophy and nothing will stop me.”

Meanwhile, last year’s league champions, Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) will rekindle their rivalry with Nigeria Customs Service as they compete in the women’s final.

The third-place matches will be between Kada Emeralds and COAS Spikers in the women’s category while Sunshine Spikers and NSCDC will battle for third place in the men’s category.

 

Semi-final Results

Men

Kano Pillars v NSCDC 3-1 (19-25, 27-25, 27-25, 26-24)

Nigeria Customs Service v Sunshine Spikers 3-0 (25-16, 25-18, 27-25)

Women

Nigeria Customs Service vs COAS Spikers 3-0 (25-18, 25-18, 25-14)

NSCDC vs Kada Emeralds 3-0 (25-23, 25-12, 25-17)

Handball Premier League: Kano Pillars Fail To Consolidate On Title Chase

One of the players in an action during a match between Kano Pillars and Lagos Seasiders at the National Stadium, Abuja on November 11, 2020.

 

Defending champion, Kano Pillars failed to take a chance to consolidate their ambition of retaining their title on matchday 11 of the Handball Premier League taking place at the Moshood Abiola National Stadium, Abuja.

In a clash with Lagos Seasiders, the Kano based team lost 30-24. The encounter exposed the champions’ inability to handle pressure and show character when needed.

COAS Shooters had to produce something special to defeat Kada Stars 31-30 while Rima Strikers beat Borno Spiders 32-27.

In the women’s category, Edo Dynamos extended their winning streak as they defeated Desert Queens 30-19 while reigning champions, Safety Babes secured a much needed 36-28 victory over Benue Queens.

Imo Grasshoppers and Defender Babes wrapped up the day’s proceedings with an entertaining 26-26 draw.

Lagos Seasiders Dikko Ibrahim and Abdullah Favour of Defender Babes received the most valuable player awards.

Matchday 11 Results

Women’s Category

Edo Dynamos 30 Desert Queens 19

Safety Babes 36 Benue Queens 28

Imo Grasshoppers 26 Defender Babes 26

Men’s Category

COAS Shooters 31 Kada Stars 30

Lagos Seasiders 30 Kano Pillars 24

Rima Strikers 32 Borno Spiders 27

Handball Premier League 2020: Champions, Kano Pillars Struggle As Adorable Angels Get Debut Win

Photos: Opening day action from match day 1 of Handball Premier League 2020. Source: Handball Federation of Nigeria

 

The Prudent Energy Handball Premier League 2020 kicked off in Abuja with defending champions Kano Pillars (male team) and Safety Babes (female team), facing stiff competitions as they started their title defense.

Kano Pillars struggled to beat former champion Niger United 20-19 in a game that was termed the “battle of champions”.

For the women, Safety Babes weren’t that lucky as they lost 29-27 to Edo Dynamos who showed no respect for the champions.

Other matches in the men category witnessed Rima strikers inspired by their player Anas Muhd defeating Plateau Vipers 30-26 despite Promise Akpan efforts with vital goals which weren’t enough while Yahaya Owolabi inspired Lagos Seasiders trounced Kada Stars 34-24.

Safety Shooters had to work hard to defeat De Defenders 24-21 while Confluence Stars scored three goals in less than a minute to the end of the match to defeat Delta Force 25-24. It was an entertaining encounter between the two rivals.

Meanwhile, COAS Shooters did not sweat to earn opening day points as they walked over Borno Spiders 10-0 who as at the time of the match, haven’t arrived at the venue of the event.

In the female category, Seasiders Babes showed resilience to get a well-deserved victory as they defeated Defender Babes 28-26 while an experienced Imo Grasshoppers beat Kada Queens 27-19.

Plateau Peacock achieved easy 30-11 victory over Desert Queens while new girls Adorable Queens made a big statement of intent to stay in the league beating Benue Queens 38-25.

Match Day 1 Results

Female Category

Defender Babes 26 Seasider Babes 28
Imo Grasshoppers 27 Kada Queens 19
Edo Dynamos 29 Safety Babes 27
Plateau Peacocks 30 Desert Queens 11
Adorable Angels 38 Benue Queens 25

Male Category

Rima Strikers 30 Plateau Vipers 26
COAS Shooters 10 Borno Spiders 0 (W/O)
Kada Stars 24 Lagos Seasiders 34
Niger United 19 Kano Pillars 20
Defenders 21 Safety Shooters 24
Delta Force 24 Confluence Stars 25

Match Day 2 Fixtures

Male

COAS Shooters vs Niger United
D: Defenders vs Kada Stars
Plateau Vipers vs Delta Force
Lagos Seasiders vs Confluence Stars
Desert Queens vs Kada Queens
Safety Shooters vs Kano Pillars

Female

Imo Grasshoppers vs Safety Babes
Edo Dynamos vs Defender Babes
Seasider Babes vs Benue Queens

Kano Pillars To Play Continental Football In Kaduna Or Bauchi

A file photo of Kano Pillars FC logo.

 

Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) club, Kano Pillars FC have announced their home matches for the 2020/2021 CAF Confederation cup will be played away from the pyramid city.

Tafawa Balewa and Ahmadu Bello stadiums are being considered as venues Pillars would choose from as adopted home for the preliminaries and possibly the group stages of the competition.

According to the Chairman of the club, Surajo Jambul, the Kano State government has given approval for the team to look for an alternative venue for their home matches as the Sani Abacha Stadium, Kofar Mata, is being used as one of the COVID-19 isolation centres in the state.

Jambul added that the management team would meet with officials of the stadiums in Kaduna and Bauchi States to discuss the possibility of hosting the Sai Masu Gida’s continental assignments.

After due consultations with appropriate authority, the selection would be done.

The chairman explained that the objective of the team was to progress to the group stages of the competition, so as to ensure easy passage to the final and then bring the trophy to Nigeria as winners.

He, therefore, urged the fans to be patient and accept the present situation of not having the Aiteo Cup holders play its continental matches in Kano.

Kano Pillars, Safety Babes Emerge Champions of Handball League

Kano Pillars and Safety Babes have emerged champions of the 2019 Handball Premier League.

On the final day at the Rowe Park Sports Center, Yaba, Lagos, Kano Pillars defeated De Defenders 29-21 to win the male category of the league with 38 points, two points above Safety Shooters who defeated last year’s champion, Niger United 34-29 to finish as runners up with 36 points.

It was a disappointing end for Niger United who finished in 4th position and out of podium as they had same points but scored lesser goals than Lagos Seasiders who defeated Sokoto Rima 40-31 to finish in third with 34 points.

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De Defenders finished 4th on the log with 31 points while COAS Shooters defeated Borno Spiders 29-28 to occupy 6th position with 25 points.

Despite losing narrowly by 22-21 points to Kada Stars, Plateau Vipers finished 7th with 17 points while Kada ended the league in 8th position with 16 points.

Owena Kings and Prison Key Boys are the bottom teams. The Akure based Owena defeated the Prison Key Boys 23-21.

In the female category, Safety Babes celebrated winning the title after beating defending champion Plateau Peacocks 31-29 in a thrilling encounter. The FRSC ladies finished top of the log with 32 points while Plateau finished third with 29 points.

Edo Dynamos finished second with 30 points as they played a 31-31 draw with Ghana Police in a match that didn’t have any significance on the league standings.

Imo Grasshoppers finished fourth with 26 points as they defeated fifth-place Seasider Babes of Lagos 27-21.

The winners of the league received N1million cash prize, the first runner up received N750,000 while the second runner up got N500,000.

 

Final Day Results

Men

Kano Pillars 29-21 De Defenders

Safety Shooters 34-29 Niger United

Owena Kings 23-21 Prison Key Boys

Lagos Seasiders 40-31 Sokoto Rima

Coas Shooters 29-28 Borno Spiders

 

Women

Safety Babes 31-29 Plateau Peacocks

Imo Grasshoppers 27-21 Seasider Babes

Ghana Police 31-31 Edo Dynamos

 

 

 

Handball League: Kano Pillars Lose As Safety Babes Win

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Kano Pillars still maintain their lead on the log of the male category of the Handball Premier League despite losing to defending champion Niger United in a thrilling encounter on Matchday 7.

The Kano based team could not withstand the firepower of Niger United as they fell to a slim 29-26 defeat to the defending champions.

The defeat didn’t do much damage to Kano Pillars as they lead the log with 32 points while Niger United still maintain their third position but have 30 points now alongside Safety Shooters who are ahead on goal difference.

Meanwhile, Safety Shooters defeated COAS Shooters 36-29 and are second while Borno Spiders defeated Owena Kings 30-25.

De Defenders confirmed their top 5 status by beating Plateau Vipers 26-23, Lagos Seasiders comfortably swept aside Kada Stars 35-26 while Sokoto Rima saw off bottom team Prison Key Boys 39-29.

In the female category, Edo Dynamos edged out Imo Grasshoppers 20-18 in what was described as a cracker.

The two teams had not lost a match in the second phase before the fixture.

The result lifted Edo Dynamos to second on the league table, two points behind Safety Babes while Imo Grasshoppers are in the fourth position.

Seasider Babes lost to Desert Queens 28-22 to the disappointment of the home fans while Safety Babes had to put up a good fight to defeat Defender Babes 30-28 to remain on to top of the female league.

Ghana Police continued their fine run of victories against Nigerian teams as they defeated Kada Queens 29-21.

Matchday 7 Results

 

Female

Edo Dynamos 20-18 Imo Grasshoppers

Seasider Babes 22-28 Desert Queens

Ghana Police 29-21 Kada Queens

Defender Babes 28-30 Safety Babes

 

Male

Kano Pillars 26-29 Niger United

COAS Shooters 29-36 Safety Shooters

Lagos Seasiders 35-26 Kada Stars

Sokoto Rima 39-29 Prison Key Boys

Borno Spiders 30-25 Owena Kings

De Defenders 26-23 Plateau Vipers