Monday, December 20, 2010

Nigeria wrap up for Week 7

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Our predictor scored high marks in last weekend’s games by predicting correctly all nine games including ONE exact score in the game at Jos, where the champions continued their poor start to the season.

Niger Tornadoes 0 Sunshine Stars 0
Expectedly like our predictor forecasted, this game ended in a draw to leave Sunshine Stars going into the mid-week game against Warri Wolves at the Gateway International Stadium in Ijebu-Ode as league leaders. The coast now looks clear for Gbenga Ogunbote’s side to remain on top of the MTN Nigeria Premier League into the New Year. They are also the first side to remain on top of the log in two successive weeks.
Our prediction: 1 – 1

Kwara United 1 Lobi Stars 0
Femi Omotayo’s superb strike on 10 minutes after great team work from Lukman Ijaya and Anthony Okemiri was enough to give Kadiri Ikhana’s side all the points. The win meant that Kwara United climbed into the top four for the first time this season until Wednesday when they travel to Port Harcourt to face Dolphins Football Club.
Our prediction: 2 – 0

Plateau United 1 Enyimba 0
Before this game, our predictor said the champions will fall by a lone goal and it came to pass. It was Abdullahi Shehu’s 18th minute strike that made the difference for Ndubuisi Nduka’s side. The upset against Enyimba made sure that Plateau United got their second win of the season but they still remain in the dogfight with a difficult trip to Kano Pillars.
Our prediction: 1 – 0

Sharks 1 Bukola Babes 0
Gomo Unduku was the hero for the Blue Angels as they got their third win of the season. Unduku’s goal on 51 minutes ensured that Bukola Babes left the Sharks Stadium in Port Harcourt with nothing to show for their long trip to the southern part of the country, as they remain in the drop zone.
Our prediction: 2 – 1

Gombe United 2 Zamfara United 0
Little has been said about the Scorpions this season, as they are the most underrated team in the Premier League. But Gombe United since the season started have kept themselves within touching distance of the leaders and even led the table at a point. On Saturday in Bauchi, Lazarus Chukwu and Ahmed Aliyu got Gombe’s goals in each half on 10 and 55 minutes respectively to send their team into fourth place on the log.
Our prediction: 1 – 0

Kaduna United 2 Dolphins 1
Kingsley Elvis’ 10th minute opener for Kaduna United in this tie was the third goal scored inside 10 minutes in Week 7 games. Jude Aneke increased Kaduna United’s tally 48 minutes later before Victor Michael got Dolphins’ goal on 11 minutes to full time. Dolphins’ loss denied them the chance to topple Sunshine Stars at the top.
Our prediction: 2 – 0

Crown FC 1 Juth FC 0
Gabriel Agu made sure that Crown Football Club remain the only newcomers in the topflight that are in the top half of the table. The 54th minute goal from Agu got Crown their third win of the season and put them in ninth position – one ahead of city rivals, Shooting Stars.
Our prediction: 2 – 0

Heartland 2 Kano Pillars 0
The Naze Millionaires wrapped up this game inside 60 seconds with goals from Stanley Ohawuchi and Joshua Obaje on 52 and 53 minutes respectively. Kano Pillars have struggled away from home this season since the departure of Ahmed Musa. Heartland are now third on the log and on same (13) points with Sunshine Stars and Kwara United in first and second positions respectively.
Our prediction: 2 – 1

Enugu Rangers 2 Shooting Stars 0
The Flying Antelopes climbed to fifth spot on the table after this win. For the first time this season, Enugu Rangers failed to score more than three goals at home and that may be due to their failure to score in the last five minutes of the first half like they have done in previous home games that led to scoring three (against Lobi Stars) and five each (against Ocean Boys and Zamfara United). But Fred Okwara and Uche Nwofor made sure that Shooting Stars left Enugu with no points.
Our prediction: 3 – 1

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