NPFL: Akwa United Claim Top Spot; Rivers United, Enyimba Draw; Pillars Hold El-Kanemi
Akwa United moved to the summit of the Nigeria Professional Football League following a comfortable 3-0 win against Kwara United at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium, Uyo on Sunday.
The Promise Keepers have 12 points from five games same as defending champions Plateau United, who defeated MFM FC 1-0 on Saturday but have a better goal difference than the Jos club.
Michael Ibe set Akwa United on the road to the win with a sweet finish in the 13th minute.
Victor Mbaoma increased the lead in the 21st minute, dribbling past the goalkeeper before slotting thre ball home for his third goal of the season.
Ubong Friday got the third for the home side nine minutes after the break.
In the star game of the weekend, River United and Enyimba battled to a 1-1 draw at the Yakubu Gowon Stadium, Port Harcourt.
Enyimba went ahead in the first half added time when Stanley Dimgba converted a penalty awarded following a trip on Chinonso Okonkwo by Gabriel Olalekan inside the box.
Substitute Israel Daniel rescued a point for the hosts when he levelled scores 13 minutes from time.
Enyimba were reduced to 10 men eight minutes from the end when Okonkwo was sent off for time wasting.
In Makurdi, Lobi Stars defeated Niger Tornadoes 3-1 courtesy of a brace by Samad Kadiri and an Ezekiel Mbah strike.
Kadiri is now level with Kano Pillars’ Junior Lokosa at the top of goal scorers’ chart. Both men have scored four goals each.
Ibrahim Babawo scored Niger Tornadoes’ only goal of the game.
Former champions Heartland were held to a 1-1 draw by Yobe Desert Stars at the Dan Anyiam Stadium, Owerri.
Yobe Desert Stars took a shock lead through Chinedu Ohanachom on fifth minutes, while Mohammed Azeez restored parity for the Naze Millionaires in the 32nd minute.
The visitors were reduced to 10 men when Chidiebere Ajoku was sent off eight minutes from time.
Katsina United enjoyed a comfortable evening at the Muhammadu Dikko Stadium with a 3-0 thumping of Go Round FC.
Eric Dufegha, Joshua Agboola and Martins Usule were all on target for the hosts.
At the New Jos Stadium, Wikki Tourists beat FC IfeanyiUbah 1-0 with Nafiu Kabuga scoring the winner in the 31st minute.
Abia Warriors and Sunshine Stars ended their game in Umuahia in a 0-0 draw.
The visitors are now unbeaten in their last six games against Abia Warriors with three wins and three draws.
The all northern affair between El- Kanemi Warriors and Kano Pillars in Maiduguri also ended in a 0-0 draw.
MATCH DAY FIVE RESULTS
Plateau United 1 vs 0 MFM FC
Wikki Tourists FC 1vs 0FC Ifeanyi Ubah
Akwa United FC 3 vs 0Kwara United FC
Lobi Stars FC 3 vs 1 Niger Tornadoes FC
Heartland FC 1 vs 1 Yobe Desert Stars FC
Katsina United 3 FC vs 0Go-Round FC
Rivers United FC 1 vs 1Enyimba Int’l FC
Abia Warriors 0 FC vs 0 Sunshine Stars FC
El-kanemi Warriors 0 vs 0 Kano Pillars FC
Current League Table below