NPFL 21: Kwara Utd Earn Late Victory In Katsina, Nasarawa Utd Thrash Abia Warriors

 

Michael Ohanu scored a late goal in the closing minutes of the match to give Kwara United an important 1-2 victory over Katsina United on matchday 18 in the Nigeria Professional Football League.

The win also ensure the Harmony Boys maintain leadership of the league. Afeez Nasiru shot the visitors ahead in the 6th minute to give them a sweet start to the encounter. Just before the break, Joseph Atule scored to put the hosts back into the contest.

This is the second time, Coach Abdullahi Biffo’s team will secure maximum points on the road and continue to pass a strong message that they can compete for the league title.

Picture 2: Nasarawa United players in a warm-up session
Nasarawa United players in a warm-up session

In Lafia, it was goals galore. Nasarawa United player, Silas Nwankwo became the second player to score a hat-trick this season in the League.

Nwankwo was prolific as the Solid Miners spanked the Warriors 5-3 in Lafia to get their season back on track after a disappointing 2-0 loss to Rangers on matchday 17. Fatail Abdullahi opening scoring for the visitors, Ikenna Offor equalised for the hosts and opened the floodgates of goals.

Nwankwo scored the second goal for coach Bala Nikyu’s team but Godwin Obaje produced an instant response to level up for the Warriors. Nwankwo scored his brace in the 47th minute while Chinedu Ohanachom doubled the lead moments later. Abdullahi pulled one back from the spot but Nwankwo’s got his hat-trick in the 79th minute to seal a fine performance for the Solid Miners. The win takes them into the top four with 30 points.

In Uyo, it was a one-sided affair as Akwa United thrashed Lobi Stars 3-0 to take their unbeaten run to seven matches. The last time the Promise Keepers lost a league match was on matchday 10, a 2-1 defeat to Nasarawa United in Lafia.

Ikechukwu Nwani scored his second goal of the season to give the hosts the lead while Mfon Udoh’s brace all in the first half sealed victory for Coach Kennedy Boboye’s team who are enjoying good form. They are now third on the log with a game to play.

At the Ahmadu Bello Stadium in Kaduna, Kano Pillars had to dig deep to beat Heartland 2-0. Ebuka David converted a goal in the 90th minute to make it 3 wins in 3 matches for Sai Masu Gida since the departure of Coach Lionel Soccioa.

Caption: Kwara United players preparing to take on Katsina United
Kwara United players preparing to take on Katsina United

In Port Harcourt, Rivers United beat Sunshine Stars by a single goal scored by Godwin Aguda in first half. Defeat for Sunshine Stars means they have gone 11 matches without a win and dropped to the relegation zone.

In Ozoro, Warri Wolves produced a class act to beat FC Ifeanyi Ubah 3-1. Uche Ihuarulam, Jackson Eru and Emeka Uzor. Christian Molokwu scored the consolatory goal for the visitors.

At the New Jos Stadium, Plateau United beat Rangers 2-1. Daniel Itodo scored the winner for coach Abdul Maikaba’s team after goals from Oche Ochowechi and Godspower Aniefiok ensured the score stayed 1-1 at half-time.

The game between Adamawa United and Wikki Tourists ended in a goalless draw.

NIGERIA PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE

Matchday 18 Results (Sunday)

Katsina Utd 1 Kwara United 2

Nasarawa Utd 5 Abia Warriors 3

Akwa Utd 3 Lobi Stars 0

Warri Wolves 3 FC Ifeanyi Ubah 1

Plateau Utd 2 Rangers Int’l 1

Rivers Utd 1 Sunshine Stars 0

Adamawa United 0 Wikki Tourists 0

NPFL 21: Rivers United Lose To Katsina United, No Winner In Oriental Derby

Rivers United and Katsina United players warm-up before kick-off in Katsina.

 

Rivers United failed to take a chance to return to the top of the Nigeria Professional Football League table after losing 2-1 to Katsina United at the Muhammadu Dikko Stadium on matchday 8.

The Pride of Rivers, looking for their second away of the season, travelled to Katsina with high hopes of consolidating on their last league win over Adamawa United in Port Harcourt and get a result that will restore their lead in the league.

Katsina United had a difficult time in Aba on matchday 7, losing 1-0 to Enyimba and didn’t want back-to-back defeats in the league and that made the encounter with Rivers United a feisty one.

The Changi Boys took control from the start of the game and as early as the fifth minute, they opened scoring through Faisal Sani who gave the home team the lead from a direct free kick.

After the goal, Katsina United did not stop attacking. Immediately play resumed, they would have doubled their lead when Joseph Atule dribbled his way into the Rivers United defence, he sent a pass to Rasheed Ahmed who hit the ball wide.

Five minutes later, Rivers United had a chance to level up. Ishaq Rafiu sent in a cross, Sissoko Souleymane connected with a head but goalkeeper Yusfuf Muhammad punched it to safety.

The pride of Rivers launched another attack. Again, Ishaq Rafiu is the provider. This time, he located Desmond Agbekpormu who sent in a shot for goalkeeper Yusuf to produce another save.

Moments later, it was the turn of Katsina United to attack and it was fruitful. Boubacar Massaly went on a solo mission from the halfway line and fired low into the net.

Score stayed 2-0 till half-time.

In the second half, both teams created chances, but the goal won’t come until the dying minutes of the encounter. There was some sort of confusion in Katsina United’s defence, Malachy Ohawume capitalised on it to score a consolatory goal for the visitors.

Defeat for Rivers United means Enyimba will sit comfortably at the top of the league table with 18 points from 8 matches, Rivers United is second with 15 points, same points with Kwara United occupying the third position.

At the Dan Anyiam Stadium Owerri, the oriental derby between Heartland FC and FC Ifeanyi Ubah failed to produce a winner.

Heartland took the lead through a penalty converted by Emmanuel Adachi in the 31st minute. Centre referee pointed to the spot when Evans Obonda handled the ball in the box.

Four minutes to the end of regulation time, a goalkeeping error by Ikechukwu Ezenwa gifted the visitors a goal. The Super Eagles goalkeeper, failed to deal with a ball he came out to get, leaving Chinemerem Igboeli to tap into an empty net.

The shared points leave both sides with two wins in 8 games with FC Ifeanyi gathering just 8 points, a point ahead of the Naze Millionaires who have suffered five loses this season.

NIGERIA PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE

Matchday 8 Results

Thursday

Katsina United 2 Rivers United 1

Heartland FC 1 FC Ifeanyi Ubah 1

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: Katsina United, Plateau United Set Off Matchday 6 With Goalless Draw

Katsina United Players Warming-up before kick-off. Source: LMC Media

 

 

The northern derby between Katsina United and Plateau United in the Nigeria Professional Football League has finished goalless.

The matchday six fixture, played at the Muhammed Dikko Stadium in Katsina on Saturday had both sides creating chances but couldn’t convert to goals.

The home side, Katsina United, were hoping to return to winning ways after their 1-0 loss to Nasarawa United in Lafia on matchday 5 but didn’t do enough to get maximum points from the former league champions.

In the opening minutes of the match, Rasheed Ahmed had a chance to score for the hosts but fired wide. Moments later, the visitors had a goal attempt when Mohammed Zukifilu fired from way out but was stopped by goalkeeper Yusuf Mohammed.

Coach Abdul Maikaba’s team had another opportunity in the 37th minute when Isah Ndala shot from a distance, again, goalkeeper Mohammed produced a fine save to keep Katsina United in the game.

The game stayed goalless at half-time and when play resumed, both sides approached the game with caution and created less chances to produce a win.

The result means Katsina United is winless in three games now, recording just two wins in six matches.

On matchday five, Plateau United beat Adamawa United 3-0 and will take the precious point from Katsina back to Jos to prepare for their next match against the impressive Nasarawa United.

Matchday six action in the Nigeria Professional Football League will resume on Sunday with some fixtures that include Rangers taking on Lobi Stars in Enugu, Warri Wolves will host Nasarawa United, Heartland FC will play Akwa United in Owerri while Abia Warriors will lock horns with MFM Football Club of Lagos at the Okigwe Township Stadium.

Katsina United Place N42m On Unsettled Strikers

Katsina United have placed a whopping sum of N42million on their key strikers, Martins Usule and Chinedu Udechukwu.

The duo who make a big impact for the club in the Nigeria Professional Football league last season are yet to resume for pre-season camping.

The club stated that Udechukwu who netted 11 times in the NPFL last season is available for N22m while Usule who scored five goals attracts a transfer fee of N20m.

Usule is currently training with Rivers United, while Udechukwu is with Enugu Rangers.

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.

Sunshine Stars Defeat Rivers United In NPFL Clash

Sunshine Stars Defeat Rivers United In NPFL ClashTroubled Sunshine Stars put aside their financial crisis to beat high-flying Rivers United 1-0 on Sunday.

The Ondo-based club clinched the victory in a match day 10 tie of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) played at the Akure Township Stadium.

Former Enyimba Midfielder, Ayo Saka, pulled a belter from 14 yards to hand the Owena Waves their win of the season.

The result moved Sunshine Stars six places to the 11th position with 12 points on the table.

NPFL Match Day 10 Results

Meanwhile, Prince Aggreh scored from the penalty spot as FC Ifeanyi Ubah defeated league leaders, Plateau United 1-0 in Nnewi, Anambra State.

Chinedu Udoji’s first-half header also earned Kano Pillars a lone victory over neighbours, Katsina United.

In a similar development, Lobi Stars came from behind to beat seven-time champions, Enyimba with goals from Anthony Okpotu and former Enyimba Midfielder, David Tyavkase.

Niger Tornadoes maintained a perfect home record after a 1-0 win over struggling Gombe United in Lokoja.

El-Kanemi warriors also stunned Nasarawa United 2-0  with two second half goals while ABS FC edged past Wikki Tourists 1-0.