NPFL 21: Akwa United Beat Enyimba To Keep Title Winning Hopes Alive

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Charles Atshimene scored a late penalty to offer Akwa United a vital 1-0 win over Enyimba FC, opened a five-point lead on the prime, and took an enormous step in direction of the league title.

The Nigeria Professional Football League matchday 32 fixture was performed on the Godswill Akpabio Stadium in Uyo. After matchday 31, the Promise Keepers maintained their prime place however simply two factors saved them away from the spectacular Kano Pillars and high-scoring Nasarawa United.

The first leg encounter, a matchday 12 fixture performed in Aba ended 1-1. Defended, David Philip scored within the 94th minute to rescue some extent for Akwa United after a spirited efficiency by the guests. Enyimba obtained into at this time’s fixture to avenge that outcome.

It was a tense recreation and it was confirmed within the twelfth minute when Marshall Johnson was pushed down and couldn’t proceed after receiving medical consideration. He was changed by Dare Ojo.

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Moments later, Ikechukwu Nwani received an aerial ball and units it up for Sampson Gbadebo whose low drive narrowly miss the goal. Great try! Enyimba responded. Anayo Iwuala went down after being challenged by Olisa Ndah. Free kick to Enyimba. The effort couldn’t beat the wall, Samuel Amadi cleared it out to security.

The first half ended goalless. In the second half, each side went at one another however couldn’t discover the purpose. Akwa United created an opportunity within the sixty fourth minute however didn’t take it. Gbadebo despatched a protracted ball ahead, Atshimene managed it so properly and set it up for Ubong Friday whose strike went throughout the face of the purpose and goes vast. Enyimba initiated a positive transfer that ended with Iwuala releasing a shot but it surely was deflected into the aspect of the web.

In the 86th minute, Mfon Udoh had drive into the field and was introduced down. Penalty to Akwa United! Atshimene stepped as much as the spot and scored to offer coach Kennedy Boboye’s group their sixteenth win of the season. It was additionally a record-breaking efficiency since 2013 (LMC period) for goalkeeper Adewale Adeyinka who recorded his sixteenth clear sheet of the season. Adeyinka broke Suraj Ayeleso’s document of 15 clear sheets for Nasarawa United within the 2016/2017 season. The Promise Keepers additionally consolidated their prime place with 60 factors whereas Enyimba will keep on 52 factors.

 

Kano Pillars, Nasarawa United Setback

Before matchday 32 motion, Kano Pillars and Nasarawa United, two main contenders for the highest place with Akwa United, failed to shut the hole. Both groups had been hoping to proceed their positive kind from matchday 3-1. Pillars thrashed Lobi Stars 3-0 whereas Nasarawa United beat Jigawa Golden Stars 3-1.

In Akure, Kano Pillars went towards a rejuvenated Sunshine Stars group. Beating Heartland FC 0-1 in Owerri of their final match, the Owena Whales, preventing to keep away from the drop had been able to take the warmth to Sai Masu Gida.

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Coach Deji Ayeni retained the identical group that surprised Heartland to safe a second away win this season and the group delivered. Babatunde Bello got here near open the scoring for the hosts within the twenty ninth minute however Pillars goalkeeper stopped him. Ifegwu Ojukwu’s effort within the fortieth minute was additionally stopped. The first half ended goalless.

When play resumed, Sunshine Stars saved knocking on the door of the guests until they opened. In the 59th minute, the dependable Sadeeq Yusuf scored the one purpose of the match to safe an vital victory. It is Yusuf’s twelfth purpose of the season, the group’s ninth win of the marketing campaign, and adequate to raise them off the relegation zone. The outcome dropped Kano Pillars to 4th on the log.

In Nnewi, FC Ifeanyi Ubah, additionally battling relegation, laboured to a 2-1 victory over Nasarawa United. The Anambra Warriors fell 3-0 to Katsina United of their final match, dropping to the Solid Miners would have been disastrous to their league marketing campaign.

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The hosts performed with intent and within the twenty ninth minute took the lead by means of Nonso Nzediegwu’s purpose. The guests, enjoying with the highest spot place agenda wanted simply 2 minutes to reply by means of Chigozie Obasi. The defender fired in a free-kick from 40 yards, his 4th purpose of the season. 1-1. Game on!

It was a decent encounter with each side in a determined seek for victory. The Solid Miners had been diminished to 10 males after Sadiq Abdurazaq obtained a second yellow card for a foul. The hosts capitalised on the person benefit and within the seventieth minute, Uzochukwu Ifejiofor delivered the win for the Anambra Warriors to seal simply their eighth victory of the season, they improved to 34 factors however nonetheless rooted within the relegation zone. Nasarawa United retained the second place however now tied on 55 factors with Rivers United and Kano Pillars.

 

Back To Winning Ways

At the Okigwe Township Stadium, after dropping 5 consecutive matches, Abia Warriors returned to successful methods with a dramatic 2-1 victory over Kwara United. The Warriors have been struggling and needed to dig deep to safe a win over a decided group from Ilorin.

With simply 5 minutes into the encounter, Jide Fatokun surprised the hosts with a purpose. It was a screamer! Early lead for the guests and extra fear for coach Imama Amapakabo. The guests took the lead into the break.

In the second half, the Warriors deployed all that they had looking for a purpose and so they discovered it within the 66th minute by means of Paul Samson. It was his seventh purpose of the season. From the eightieth minute, the match turned a story of Obioma Chukwuemeka.

In the 83rd minute, Chukwuemeka scored however the purpose was disallowed. The residence spectators couldn’t take it, they felt cheated. The deliberations on the canceled purpose halted play for a while. When play resumed, Chukwuemeka took issues private.

He capitalised on a defensive error to shoot the hosts into the lead and the eventual winner. With the hard-fought victory, Abia Warriors, climbed to the 14 place with 38points whereas the Harmony Boys dropped to the seventh place on 52points. Up subsequent for the Warriors will likely be Wikki Tourist of Bauchi in Bauchi.

At the Cathedral in Enugu, Rangers International Football Club additionally returned to successful methods with a 2-1 victory over Wikki Tourists of Bauchi. The Flying Antelopes suffered a 2-0 defeat at Kwara United of their final match and one other defeat would have dented their league ambitions. The recreation towards Wikki Tourists was take a look at on their character and consistency and so they handed it.

An early purpose by Godspower Anifiok obtained the hosts rolling. They sustained the momentum and moments later, Ugochukwu Ugwoke doubled the lead. An own-goal scored by Ernest Governor was the one comfort the guests took again residence. Another win for the Flying Antelopes, their fifteenth this season, they’ve gathered 52 factors and seventh on the log.

Rivers United additionally obtained again to successful methods with a 2-1 victory over struggling Warri Wolves. The final outcome for the Pride of Rivers was a 1-1 draw with Enyimba in Aba and the matchday 32 goal was to consolidate on that outcome.

But it was the guests who had the primary snort when Emmanuel Ihezuo gave them the lead. Rivers United responded by means of Godwin Aguda within the twenty third minute. Aguda accomplished his brace within the sixtieth minute to safe victory for coach Stanley Eguma’s group who are actually third on the log with 55 factors.

In Makurdi, Nnamdi Mejuobi’s first-half purpose gave Lobi Stars a 1-0 win over Adamawa United, Jigawa Golden Stars beat Plateau United 1-0 whereas the sport between MFM FC and Katsina United in Lagos ended goalless.

On Saturday, Dakkada FC defeated Heartland FC 1-0 to document their 14th win of the season and moved to ninth on the league desk. Matchday 32 recorded 17 targets, 9 wins and a draw.

 

NIGERIA PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE

Matchday 32 Results

Sunday

Akwa United 1 Enyimba FC 0

Sunshine Stars 1 Kano Pillars 0

FC Ifeanyi Ubah 2 Nasarawa United 1

Abia Warriors 2 Kwara United 1

Rangers Int’l FC 2 Wikki Tourists 1

Rivers United 2 Warri Wolves 1

Lobi Stars 1 Adamawa United 0

Jigawa Golden Stars 1 Plateau United 0

MFM FC 0 Katsina United 0

 

Saturday

Dakkada FC 1 Heartland FC 0

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