Nigerian Professional Football League Week 27 Round Up
Three of the premier league teams whipped their opponents silly in Match Day 27 which produced 27 goals in matches decided on Sunday where the home teams enjoyed 100 percent wins
ENUGU RANGERS 1-0 WARRI WOLVES
The Flying Antelopes celebrated their second consecutive with another narrow win over the Seasiders at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium on Sunday evening with Christian Obiozor scoring the only goal of the tie in the 20th minute from the spot. It was his second goal in the last two games - the match winner against Dolphins at the same stadium during the mid week.
The triumph took Rangers’ points haul to 37 from 27 games and they have left the relegation zone to a much safer haven on the log while Wolves are still on 40. The Coal City side would wish to extend their winning streak in Umuahia where they are travelling to for the mid week match while Warri Wolves will seek redemption at home to Dolphins.
SUNSHINE STARS 3-1 ABIA WARRIORS
The Akure Gunners returned to winning ways again after their close loss to Warri Wolves last Wednesday with a comfortable 3-1 home win over Abia Warriors. Goals from Dele Olorundare, Tunde Adeniji and Musa Newman in the fourth, 32nd and 68th minutes sent Sunshine to 40 points from 27 games. Abia Warriors however got a consolation goal through their highest scorer, Peter Onyekachi who benefitted from a slopping defence to nod his side only goal in the 81st minute. Both clubs have 40 points from 27 points but the Akure sides are lower by virtue of inferior goals difference to the Umuahia team.
Sunshine will have a mountain to climb when they visit FC Taraba in Jalingo while Abia Warriors will want to return to winning ways at home to Enugu Rangers on Wednesday.
GIWA FC 2-0 FC TARABA
Two goals from the penalty spot converted by the Jos Elephant’s leading scorer, Ibrahim Shuaibu handed Giwa FC all points at the expense of the Jalingo Boys in Jos’ Rwang Pam Stadium on Sunday.
FC Taraba came all out to put behind them their unimpressive results since the Week 22 tie that they defeated Kaduna United, they have played five games thereafter without a win. They are owed four months’ salary among other bonuses. The loss has plunged them into the relegation zone. They must dust themselves up on Wednesday if they want to get their first win in six games against Sunshine Stars in Jalingo while Giwa FC will also hope for the best when they visit Uyo as guests of Akwa United.
Giwa have 41 points to stay in the top five from 27 matches while FC Taraba’s loss has taken them into the bottom four with 33 points from 27 matches.
KANO PILLARS 1-0 AKWA UNITED
The Sai Masu Gida notched up another crucial home win to keep alive their hope of winning the league for a third consecutive season. They pinned stubborn Promise Keepers by a lone goal at the Kano Pillars Stadium on Sunday evening.
Pillars maintained their three points’ cushion at the top with 47 points from 27 matches and are unbeaten in the last three games both home and away. Akwa United’s 39 points from 27 matches is only good enough for the mid table placement. Pillars will go in search of more away points against wounded Bayelsa United in Benin City while Akwa United are at home to Giwa FC.
ENYIMBA FC 4-0 BAYELSA UNITED
The People’s Elephant put up one of their best performances of the season to defeat hapless Bayelsa United 4-0 at the Enyimba International Stadium, Aba on Sunday.
The Aba Millionaires’ players didn’t click into the game early but when they eventually gathered their thoughts they became unstoppable with their fans urging them up at the stands.
Enyimba started the avalanche of goals in the 44th minute through Amanfor Chimezie whose shot was adjudged to have gone in before desperate Restoration Boys’ defender cleared to safety. The goal angered Bayelsa United’s players and they refused to continue play for some time. The time wasted by the visitors over their protest of the Enyimba’s opening would later haunt them because the home team increased the lead during the first half stoppage time. The referee added seven minutes.
Further goals by Anaezemba Nzube and Emeka Nwana in the 55th and 90th minutes were the icing on the cake for Enyimba. The Aba giants are still third with 43 points from 27 games after the top two: Kano Pilars and Nasarawa United bagged maximum points in their own home games. Enyimba visit very unfriendly environment at katsina Ala against Lobi Stars while Bayelsa United will be doing themselves and their current conquerors a lot of good if they are able to pin Kano Pillars in Benin.
NEMBE CITY 2-1 LOBI STARS
The Yenagoa side scooped another important win at their adoptive home in Omoku when they beat Lobi Stars 2-1 at the Krisdera Hotel Stadium on Sunday.
Lobi’s Farouk Umar’s goal almost on the dot of the halftime was a merely consolation as the Makurdi side failed to recoup the lost points at home to El Kanemi Warriors. Nembe have 27 points from 27 games to prod the league table while Lobi are still on 38 points from as many matches. Nembe will come to Owerri as guests of Heartland while Lobi will welcome Enyimba to Katsina Ala on Wednesday.
EL KANEMI WARRIORS 2-1 HEARTLAND FC
It was the first of the double header played on Sunday in Kano with the Sai Masu Gida’s tie with Akwa United the second. The Borno Army were able to hold on to beat the Naze Millionaires. They were able to curtail the spirited effort of Heartland till the final blast of the referee’s whistle.
El Kanemi are presently on 39 points from 27 matches. They have been able to overcome their slow start to the season and the point earned away to Lobi-the second in two seasons has helped to take the Maiduguri to the mid table. Heartland will aim for maximum points at home to Nembe City where they will hope to improve on their 37 points from 27 games. El Kanemi will travel to Ibadan as guests of wounded Crown FC.
KADUNA UNITED 5-0 CROWN FC
The Crocodile Boys thumped their direct relegation zone opponents 5-0 at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium, Zaria on Sunday to move them a bit clear of relegation zone. Siman Yusuf’s hat trick aided the club’s biggest win of the season after the Ajilete Boys were totally outclassed by Garuba Lawal inspired Kaduna United.
They have 33 points from 27 matches and they are out of the bottom four for the first time in recent times. Crown’s problem got deepened by the emphatic loss as they still second from bottom with 30 points from as many games. Crown must not only beat El Kanemi Warriors but also must win well to equalize their scandalous away loss to Kaduna United. Kaduna United will pay Sharks a visit in Port Harcourt. Both games come up on Wednesday.
NASARAWA UNITED 2-0 SHARKS FC
The Solid Miners huffed and puffed but they still got the job done at the Lafia Township Stadium on Sunday with a 2-0 home win over the Blue Angels. The Port Harcourt team sized up their hosts but it couldn’t prevent them from going down 0-1 at halftime before Tony Edjomariegwe netted the insurance goal to hand maximum points to Nasarawa United and also kept the side’s second spot on the log with 44 points.
It was another disappointing outing for Sharks who fast fading after a promising season under Gbenga Ogunbote. Sharks have 38 points from 27 games and they will be at home to Kaduna United on Wednesday. Nasarawa United have a date with Gombe United who are condemned to win at home if they do not want to continue to flirt with relegation zone.
DOLPHINS 2-0 GOMBE UNITED
The Port Harcourt Dwellers had the penalty of Chizoba Ahamefula and the individual brilliance of Emem Eduok to thank for their maximum points victory over the Desert Scorpions. Gombe United matched them toe for toe till the final 20 minutes when they were reduced to 10 men after Austin Ekpoma was showna red card for dissent. Not long after the home team got a penalty which was converted by Ahamefula before the goal of Eduok sealed maximum points.
Gombe United are back in the relegation zone yet again after their back to back losses and they must beat visiting Nasarawa United on Wednesday to start their operation stay in the elite division campaign. They have 32 points from 27 matches while Dolphins are fourth with 42 points from 27 games. Dolphins will tackle Warri Wolves on Wednesday in one of the star matches of the mid week games.