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.

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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: Kwara Utd Continue Unbeaten Home Form, Nasarawa Utd Back To Winning Ways

Caption: Matchday 10 action between Kwara Utd and Dakkada FC in Ilorin

 

Kwara United continued their fantastic home run in the Nigeria Professional Football League with a 3-0 thrashing of Dakkada FC on matchday 10.

The Harmony Boys now occupy the top spot of the league with 21 points and remains the surprise package of the new season.

The match played at the Ilorin Sports Complex presented another opportunity for coach Abdullahi Biffo’s team to consolidate on their matchday 9 victory over Sunshine Stars in Akure.

The visitors, Dakkada was also pumped up after a 2-1 win over Abia Warriors in their last match in Uyo.

Wasiu Alalade opened scoring for the home side, Michael Ohanu doubled it in the 72nd minute with a sweet volley while Alao Danbani scored in the 80th minute to wrap up a fine win for the Harmony Boys who have secured 6 wins, 3 draws and just a loss in 10 matches.

In Lafia, Nasarawa United fought till they heard the sound of the final whistle to beat Akwa United 2-1.

With three defeats in a row for the Solid Miners, they were under pressure to bounce back to winning ways. The last time they won was on matchday 6, a 2-1 win over Warri Wolves in Ozoro. That was a record they desperately wanted to destroy and they came all out against Akwa United to do so.

Adama Hassan gave the home side the lead in the 56th minute. In the 63rd minute, Ndifreke Effiong scored his first away goal and his 7th of the campaign to put Akwa United back into the contest.

It seemed the game was heading for a draw until the 93rd minute when Ebuka Anaekwe hits a one-time shot that sent the ball into the net and sealed an unbelievable win for coach Bala Nikyu’s team.

At the Muhammadu Dikko Stadium, Katsina United beat Jigawa Golden Stars 1-0 to record their 4th win of the season. Samuel Kalu’s goal made the difference.

At the Ahmadu Bello Stadium in Kaduna, the game between Kano Pillars and MFM Football Club of Lagos also produced drama produced in the final minutes of the game.

With just a minute to the end of the match, Umar Hassan scored arguably the most important goal of his career to give Kano Pillars a crucial win over MFM FC.

In Bauchi, Wikki Tourists and Sunshine Stars played a goalless draw while the encounter between Adamawa United and FC Ifeanyi Ubah ended 1-1.

On Monday, Heartland FC will host Lobi Stars at the Dan Anyiam Stadium in Owerri while Abia Warriors will seek to turn their season around when they take on Rangers in Okigwe.

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Matchday 9 Results (Sunday)

Kwara United 3 Dakkada FC 0

Nasarawa United 2 Akwa United 1

Katsina United 1 Jigawa Golden Stars 0

Kano Pillars 1 MFM FC 0

Adamawa United 1 FC Ifeanyi Ubah 1

Wikki Tourists 0 Sunshine Stars 0

Three Injured In Kwara United Bus Crash

Players and officials of Kwara United have been involved in a road accident on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.

The incident occurred this morning, no life was lost in the incident but three people were injured while the team bus was badly damaged.

The ‘Harmony boys’ were on their way to Ilorin from Lagos where they participated in the Nigeria National League Super Four competition which ended on Tuesday.

Kwara United Communications officer, Waheed Bibire told Channels Television that the injured persons have been taken to the hospital.

Kwara United are scheduled to host Niger Tornadoes in Ilorin on Sunday in the opening day of the 2017/2018 Nigeria Professional Football League season.

Sharks FC Get Reprieve From NFF

nffSharks FC will play their next three home matches at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium in Enugu, starting with the match day 37 fixture against Kwara United on Sunday, November 8.

The decision was sequel to ruling of the Nigeria Football Federation’s (NFF) disciplinary committee on an appeal filed by Sharks FC over an abandoned match day 36 fixture against Nasarawa United in Lafia.

The League Management Company (LMC) had fined Sharks 3 million naira, and ruled that they would forfeit the match to Nasarawa United and also be docked three points and three goals from the already accrued points.

But the disciplinary committee ordered Sharks to pay 5 million naira and also forfeit the three points and three goals to Nasarawa United but would play their next three matches in Enugu.

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

Warri Wolves Beat El-Kanemi Warriors 5-0

Warri wolvesWarri Wolves have moved up to the fourth spot on the Nigeria Professional Football League after the team recorded the biggest win of the 2014/2015 season in a rescheduled game.

Wolves on Sunday thrashed El-Kanemi Warriors 5-0 at the Warri City Stadium.

The team took the game beyond their opponents from Maiduguri by the hour mark, as Paul Aigbogun’s men raced into a four-goal lead.

With Wolves in total control, they needed just a goal to move into the top-four behind Sunshine Stars, Enyimba and Wikki Tourists. Lordson Ichull got the all important goal to wrap up the one-sided contest.

Wolves are now four points behind table-topping Sunshine Stars and could cut that lead to one by Wednesday if they beat Kwara United.

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.

Five Kano Pillars Players Injured In Robbery Attack

Kano_pillars11Nigeria Premier League champions Kano Pillars were on Thursday attacked by armed robbers along Abaji-Lokoja road, leaving five players seriously injured.

The incident occurred at about 1.15pm Nigerian time on Thursday, March 5th when Kano Pillars were on their way to Owerri for their opening league game against Heartland on Saturday, March 7th.

Kano Pillars’ spokesman Idris Malikawa revealed that the gunmen shot sporadically in a way that left Sai Masu Gida with no escape route.

The five players injured during the attack are Gambo Muhammed, Eneji Otekpa, Adamu Murtala, Reuben Ogbonnaya and Ubong Ekpai.

Malikawa confirmed the injured players are in a Lokoja hospital receiving treatment.

“We were attacked by armed robbers, in which five of our players were injured by the thieves and as I’m talking to you, these five players are now at the Federal Medical Centre in Lokoja and are responding to treatment. The attack happened around 1:15pm and the rest of the team are still in fright following the incident,” Malikawa told Channelstv.com.

Meanwhile,the League Management Company [LMC] has postponed the opening game of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) between champions Kano Pillars and Heartland.

Heartland were scheduled to host the champions this Saturday, but the game is now off after the Kano club were attacked by armed robbers along Abaji-Lokoja road on Thursday (March 5th) afternoon.

Five key players – Gambo Muhammed, Eneji Otekpa, Adamu Murtala, Reuben Ogbonnaya and Ubong Ekpai — were those left injured from the incident.

“The League Management Company has expressed shock at the news of the armed robbery attack on the Kano Pillars Football Club contingent along the Abuja-Lokoja Road and consequently ordered an indefinite postponement of their Match Day 1 fixture in Owerri against Heartland FC,” a statement from the league body said.

The LMC revealed that the other nine matches of Match Day 1 will proceed as scheduled.

Dolphins will play hosts to Kwara United in the early kickoff of the opening day, while Sharks face Sunshine Stars in the second match on Saturday, March 7th.

Gov Ahmed Advocates Public-Private Partnership In Sports

The Kwara State Governor, Mr Abdulfatah Ahmed, kwarahas advocated for Public-Private Partnership in the sports sector to harness the opportunities therein.

Governor Ahmed made the call while receiving board members of the Nigeria National League (NNL), led by its Chairman, Mr Emeka Inyama, at the Government House, Ilorin, Kwara state capital.

He also emphasised the need to create a sustainable entertainment world that would allow interface between football and business and called for investments in that sector for the growth of the round leather game.

Governor Ahmed, who identified sport as a unifying factor for national cohesion, stressed the need to use football in molding youths in Kwara and Nigeria at large, to shape their mental capacities, for the growth and development of the nation.

The Governor further said the state had positioned itself at both sub-national and national levels, assuring the gathering that the state would continue to host more competitions for the mental strength of players and spectators.

Earlier in his remarks, the Board Chairman of the NNL, Mr Inyama, explained that the NNL had been re-branded with enhanced credibility and integrity, calling for sponsors to further promote the league.

Mr Inyama commended the state government for its investment in sports and for the promotion of the Kwara United Football Club to the elite division; the Nigeria Professional Football League.

Flying Eagles Release Nwobodo, Others For Federation Cup

nwobodoMidfielder, Obinna Nwobodo, has being released by the Nigeria Under–20 national team, Flying Eagles, to feature for Enugu Rangers in a Federation Cup round of 32 clash against Insurance of Benin in Abuja on Thursday.

Nwobodo, is one of several players from the domestic league taken in by the Flying Eagles recently and Rangers Coach, John Obuh, requested for the mercurial midfielder, who has been one of the most exceptional players in the national team camp.

Other players who were released for the Federation Cup by Flying Eagles Coach, Manu Garba, are Seun Olulayo and Tunde Adeniji from Sunshine Stars, Segun Alebiosu from Kwara United and midfielder, Ifeanyi Matthew for another cup tie involving El Kanemi.

The Flying Eagles will play against Lesotho in the African Youth Championship final qualifying tie in August.