On matchday 35 of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPF), Akwa United put up one other positive efficiency in Uyo to take extra steps in the direction of profitable a maiden title.
The Promise Keepers beat Jigawa Golden Stars 3-0 to keep up the six-point lead they’ve on the prime of the league desk. Goals from Ubong Friday, Charles Atshimene and Wisdom Fernandon gave the hosts a snug victory and with simply three matches left within the league, coach Kennedy Boboye’s group wants simply 4 factors to be topped champions.
Just earlier than halftime, Sampson Gbadebo with an help off Samuel Amadi’s stunning supply from a corner-kick for Ubong Friday to go house from shut vary his 4th aim of the season.
The second aim was one other header, this time from Atshimene who registered his fifteenth aim of the marketing campaign. In the closing minutes of the sport, Fernandon completed off a wonderful group transfer to attain his first aim of the season.
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Nasarawa United Cement Status
At the Lafia Township Stadium, Nasarawa United confirmed their standing because the league’s highest goalscoring group after they spanked Sunshine Stars 4-0. Man on hearth, Silas Nwankwo bagged one other brace at present to take his aim tally to 18. The Solid Miners have now scored 51 objectives in 35 league matches.
Nwankwo wasted no time in taking pictures the hosts into the lead within the eleventh minute and doubled it 5 minutes later after a poor clearance from the guests’ defence.
It was a rush from the Solid Miners who’re nonetheless in competition for the league title. Aliyu Abdullahi and Chigozie Obasi registered a aim every to present Coach Bala Nikyu’s group a dominant win. They scored all of the objectives within the first half of the match.
The Solid Miners will preserve their second place on the log and can hope for Akwa United to lose video games for them to capitalise however it’s fairly robust with simply 3 matches left.
Sunshine remains to be rooted within the relegation zone with 38 factors. To stay within the league however should keep away from a defeat within the remaining video games.
Kano Pillars, one other contender for the league title saved hopes alive with a hard-fought 1-0 win over Abia Warriors. Rabiu Ali’s second-half aim from the spot secured victory for Sai Masu Gida who’re third on the log however tied in 61 factors with Nasarawa United.
Enyimba labored to a 2-1 victory over MFM Football Club in Aba. The encounter had a dramatic ending. Tosin Omoyele gave the hosts the lead within the 53rd minute and simply when the People’s Elephant thought it should finish that means, substitute Oladayo Alabi surprised them with a aim within the 83rd minute.
Reality test for the hosts. They got here all out for the win and received the aim within the closing minutes of further time by midfielder, Anthony Omaka to safe the seventeenth win of the season for Enyimba and in addition preserve them within the prime 4.
In one other matchday 35 matches, Rangers International FC didn’t beat already-relegated Adamawa United. The match completed 1-1 whereas Warri Wolves purchased one other lifeline to remain within the league after a 1-0 win over Wikki Tourists. Emmanuel Ihezuo scored the one aim of the encounter.
Rivers United beat FC Ifeanyi Ubah 2-0 to keep up fifth place on the log whereas Lobi Stars held Plateau United to a goalless draw on the New Jos Stadium. The match between Heartland FC and Kwara United additionally ended goalless.
NIGERIA PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE
NPFL Matchday 35 Results
Akwa United 3 Jigawa Golden Stars 0
Nasarawa United 4 Sunshine Stars 0
Kano Pillars 1 Abia Warriors 0
Enyimba FC 2 MFM FC 1
Rivers United 2 FC Ifeanyi Ubah 0
Katsina United 2 Dakkada FC 0
Adamawa United 1 Rangers Int’l FC 1
Warri Wolves 1 Wikki Tourists 0
Plateau United 0 Lobi Stars 0
Heartland FC 0 Kwara United 0