Sunday, November 28, 2010

Zamfara battle back to beat Plateau Utd

Zamfara United staged a stunning comeback in a five-goal thriller at the Sani Abacha Stadium in Kano against Plateau United to climb out of relegation on Sunday.
Newcomers, Plateau United, looked on course to move out of the drop zone after Kelly Paul and George Akpabio scored on five and 23 minutes respectively to make sure that Ndubuisi Nduka’s men go into half time two goals up.
But Zamfara United after being outplayed by their opponents in the first half embarked on a revival of their own, which lasted just five minutes.
First, it was Peter Bako that tapped home on 50 minutes after a defensive mix-up by Plateau United and five minutes later, Lucas Wayo converted a spot kick after David Obiazor was adjudged to have handled the ball inside his own goal area by the referee.
It turned out to be a crazy 15 minutes for Nduka’s side, as Zamfara United went into the lead on 64 minutes after Obasesam Enite squeezed through Plateau’s defence to toe home the winner in yet another mix-up in the opponents’ defence.
The loss leaves Plateau United rooted to the bottom of the Premier League with a point from four games.
In other Sunday’s games, Sunshine Stars brought Enugu Rangers down to earth with Ukeyima Akombo and Ifeanyi Inyam getting the goals, though they were not enough to topple Dolphin at the top.
At the Dan Anyiam Stadium in Owerri, Heartland had to wait till the last 10 minutes to edge Kaduna United by 2 – 1 while Ocean Boys and Sharks settled for a goal apiece in Yenagoa.
But in Jalingo, Tony Okpoto and Barnabas Victor made sure Lobi got their first win of the season with a 2 – 1 triumph over Niger Tornadoes.

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