Monday, November 22, 2010

Round up of NPL Week 3

Kaduna Utd v Crown FC ©
Sharks 1 Dolphin 0
The Port Harcourt derby did not live up to its pre-match rating, as the two sides produced a dour second half especially after Victor Ezeji’s winner on 64 minutes. There are now allegations that the game between the two sides last Saturday was ‘fixed’ to ensure that the Blue Angels do not run into trouble early in the season after two draws in their opening games before last week’s win.
Our prediction: 1 – 1

Niger Tornadoes 0 Juth FC 0
It never turned out to be what our predictor forecasted though Adamu Baba Sule will be blamed for missing a spot kick. Definitely Jos University Teaching Hospital (Juth) Football Club goalkeeper, Fidelis Eze, deserved all the plaudits from this game for his heroic saves to keep Tornadoes at bay and ensure that ‘The Healers’ continue their unbeaten start to the season – though they have ended all three games in draws.
Our prediction: 1 – 0

Kwara United 1 Kano Pillars 0
Kadiri Ikhana’s men had to wait till the 95th minute to grab the winner from the spot. Veteran campaigner, Isiaka Olawale, stepped up to convert the penalty while Kano Pillars’ goalkeeper, Theophilus Afelokhai, saw red in this game. Kano Pillars still believe that the spot kick awarded to Kwara United by centre referee, S. Okobi from Edo State, was controversial, but our predictor was on target with this result.
Our prediction: 1 – 0

3SC 2 Bukola Babes 0
Another huge score for our predictor from last weekend’s games, as Shooting Stars Sports Club (3SC) put Babes to the sword with a two-nil triumph. Goals from Raheem Owolabi and Chima Akas on 31 and 83 minutes respectively were enough to see the Oluyole Warriors go top of the Nigeria Premier League (NPL) for the first time in more than a decade.
Our prediction: 2 – 0

Plateau United 0 Sunshine Stars 1
Ndubuisi Nduka’s men are finding life in the top-flight difficult to adapt to after suffering a second home loss to Sunshine Stars last Saturday. Ukeyima Akombo’s winner two minutes into added time certainly made rubbish of our prediction but Plateau United will have to buckle up early before the fight for survival starts too soon.
Our prediction: 1 – 1

Gombe United 1 Lobi Stars 0
The Scorpions have emerged as one of the surprise early performers in the league this term though coordinator of the team, Mallam Farouk Yarma, will not agree with that description of his team’s performance as being a surprise. But Gombe United have MacMarcel Obioha to thank for this win with his 90th minute strike.
Our prediction: 2 – 0

Warri Wolves 2 Heartland 2
This was a cracker at the Warri City Stadium. The Naze Millionaires raced into a two-goal lead inside 60 minutes through Bello Kofarmata and Osas Okoro with their coach, Samson Siasia, watching with delight from the stands. But Heartland faced a ‘crazy five-minute’ in which Wolves’ striker, Ehiosun Ekigho, emerged the hero with a double on 61 and 66 minutes respectively to put the game all squared and leaving our predictor on the wrong end of forecast.
Our prediction: 2 – 0

Enyimba 1 Zamfara United 0
This was predicted to have been a whopping for Zamfara United considering their poor trips to Aba in previous seasons. But Zamfara United held out well on Sunday against the champions and it took just a solitary strike from Josiah Maduabuchi on 15 minutes to breach the backline of the northeastern side.
Our prediction: 3 – 0

Enugu Rangers 5 Ocean Boys 2
No one including our predictor saw a seven-goal thriller on the cards in this game. The Flying Antelopes simply ran over Ocean Boys with a double each for Fred Okwara and Uche Nwofor with Ejike Uzoenyi getting one of the goals. Chigozie Christopher and Charles Omokaro, however, could only muster their side’s consolation goals in this free-scoring game.
Our prediction: 2 – 1

Kaduna United 2 Crown FC 1
Gabriel Agu’s 43rd minute goal stunned fans of Kaduna United, but Jude Aneke rose highest to put the home side level three minutes into added time in the first half. Striker Aneke was the man in this game, as he secured all points for Maurice Cooreman’s side nine minutes into the second half to leave Crown Football Club still searching for their first win.
Our prediction: 2 – 0

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