Monday, November 08, 2010

Round up of NPL Week 1

Kaduna Utd 1 - 1 Kano Pillars
It was former champions, Kano Pillars that set the tone for the new season with Rabiu Ali grabbing the first goal inside the half hour mark. Kaduna United responded immediately through Siman Yusuf just eight minutes before half time. That was all that counted, as our predictor rightly said this game will end in a draw except that there were goals.
Our prediction:  0 – 0

Enyimba 1 - 0 Ocean Boys
A goal from John Chukwudi on 35 minutes was enough to see the titleholders, Enyimba, overcome Ocean Boys. Josiah Maduabuchi will definitely rue his failure to score from the spot, as Ocean Boys goalkeeper, Olufemi Thomas, produced a fine save to stop our predictor was being spot on.
Our prediction: 2 – 0

Plateau Utd 0 - 1 Dolphin
Ghanaian Owusu Addae’s eight minute truly rubbished our prediction for this game. May be we should have stuck to the April 17, 2004 away win by Dolphin in this same fixture. Coincidentally, Dolphin won the title that season and will fancy their chances this term though they had a poor second half and will have goalkeeper Sunday Rotimi to thank for making them the first side to win on the road this season.
Our prediction: 0 – 0

Rangers 3 - 2 Lobi Stars
It was a five-goal show at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium, Enugu on Sunday, as the Flying Antelopes left it late to seal their first three points of the season. It was Fred Okwara that put Rangers in front on 15 minutes before Kingsley Odoh equalised 20 minutes later with the first of his brace. Rangers’ winger, Ejike Uzoenyi, put the home team back in front with just a minute to the break and Odoh was on hand to cancel that lead just eight minutes after the break. But Brendan Ogbu nailed Lobi Stars inside added time with a late strike.
Our prediction: 2 – 0

Gombe Utd 2 - 0 Heartland
Rafiu Salawudeen and Ifeanyi Okoro made nonsense of our predictor for this game with their goals on 38 and 52 minutes respectively to hand Samson Siasia’s men their first loss on Day One of the Nigeria Premier League (NPL). Bernard Ogbe will be happy with his winning start especially as it came against the new head coach of Nigeria’s men team.
Our prediction: 0 – 1

Sharks 1 - 1 JUTH FC
Ghanaian James Amankwei’s goal on the death silenced Sharks faithful inside the Sharks Stadium, Port Harcourt and even our predictor after his strike cancelled out Victor Ezeji’s 76th minute goal. This means Jos University Teaching Hospital (Juth) Football Club returned to their home ground in Jos with a big point off the Blue Angels.
Our prediction: 2 – 0

Bukola Babes 0 - 0 Zamfara Utd
Though our predictor handed this game to newcomers Bukola Babes before a ball is kicked, the Ilorin-based club failed to make good use of their chances against a defending Zamfara United side at the Offa Township Stadium on Sunday to leave this game as the only one without a goal.
Our prediction: 1 – 0

Tornadoes 1 - 0 Crown FC
Baba Sule Adamu’s strike just on the quarter of an hour into the match was enough to earn the home side all points against new boys, Crown Football Club of Ogbomosho. It was quite a tough game for Ladan Bosso’s men but they still managed to kept up to their billing according to our predictor.
Our prediction: 3 – 0

Wolves 1 - 0 Kwara Utd
New Warri Wolves’ man, Emmanuel Omodiagbe, stole the marks with a goal just eight minutes before regulation time to make sure that Kadiri Ikhana’s side leave Warri City Stadium with nothing and our predictor’s head held up.
Our prediction: 2 – 1

3SC 2 – 1 Sunshine Stars
This game was first thought to have ended 1 – 1 but Gbolahan Salami wreaked his former team by converting a late penalty inside two minutes of added time to hand Shooting Stars Sports Club (3SC) of Ibadan the maximum points. Akombo Ukeyima had put Sunshine Stars in front on six minutes before Salami scored the first of his double on 46 minutes, as our predictor was spot on with this game.
Our prediction: 2 – 1

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