Friday, December 24, 2010

Nigeria wrap up for Week 8

After Week 8 games, this is our review of the last games of 2010 in the MTN Nigeria Premier League (NPL). Our predictor once again scored high marks by predicting SIX results right including THREE exact scores at Jos, Jalingo and Aba.

Bukola Babes 3 Gombe United 2
This was end-to-end stuff. The scoreline is not a true reflection of the game because Bukola Babes should have been ahead on 26 seconds after their attempt crashed against the upright. Femi Allen’s side should have scored may be three goals in the first half but still a decent result to keep the Babes three places off the drop zone while Gombe drop to sixth on the log. But Ali Gandu’s 89th minute goal for the Babes should be a contender for goal of the season.
Our prediction: 1 – 1

Dolphins 1 Kwara United 0
Captain Ejindu’s lone strike on 48 minutes was enough to seal the points for Stanley Eguma’s side and ensure that they keep the chase hot on Sunshine Stars, leaders of the Premier League going into the yuletide break. The win made sure that Dolphins replaced Kwara United in second position.
Our prediction: 2 – 1

Juth FC 1 Heartland 0
Our predictor was spot on with this game as The Healers got all three points off Heartland. It was the Ghanaian James Amankwei that stepped up again to help Jos University Teaching Hospital (Juth) Football Club grab their first win of the season in a game so many Heartland faithful had expected to get all points.
Our prediction: 1 – 0

Kano Pillars 5 Plateau United 1
No one saw Kano Pillars emulating Enugu Rangers by scoring five goals against Plateau United in Kano. Point man Gambo Mohammed appears to have peaked with a brace and Pillars’ showmanship ensured that they ended the year in the top three but three points off leaders, Sunshine Stars, while Plateau United are the basement boys.
Our prediction: 2 – 0

Lobi Stars 1 Crown FC 0
And once again our predictor nailed this game with a 1 – 0 prediction. Chimaobi Nwaogu’s first half goal was enough to hand Lobi Stars their third win of the season. The Stars have started slowly this term but Dominic Iorfa will be all too pleased that his men got all the points in this game against Crown, still searching for their first point on the road in this campaign.
Our prediction: 1 – 0

Enyimba 1 Enugu Rangers 0
The Flying Antelopes continue their faltering form on the road with a one-nil defeat at rivals, Enyimba. An 80th minute spot kick converted by Ifeanyi Ede sealed all points against Rangers, which is yet to pick a point on the road and even score a goal. Definitely this will give Alphonsus Dike loads and loads to think about during the Christmas and New Year.
Our prediction: 1 - 0

Sunshine Stars 3 Warri Wolves 1
Gbenga Ogunbote’s men are proving the side to beat this season with the combination of their physical and robust style of play. Wolves could not hold back a rampaging Sunshine at Ijebu-Ode, as the league leaders romped to a three-goal lead inside 45 minutes with goals from Ajani Ibrahim, Godfrey Oboabona and Cletus Itodo before Tochukwu Mbachu got a consolation from a penalty kick for the visiting side late on. Surprisingly top scorer, Ukeyima Akombo, was not on the score sheet.
Our prediction: 2 – 0

Ocean Boys 2 Kaduna United 1
For the second time, Ocean Boys defied our predictor by winning their home game – this time against Kaduna United. All three goals in this game came in the first half with Ndubuisi Nkoro and Collins Nwaneri getting Ocean Boys’ in front before Rabiu Baita reduced the tally. Definitely confidence is oozing again at Ocean Boys.
Our prediction: 1 - 1

Zamfara United 2 Niger Tornadoes 2
Tornadoes were just few seconds to grabbing a first win on the road but Obasesam Enite denied them that opportunity on 90 minutes with his second goal of the game and third this season. Niger Tornadoes’ duo of Eugene Salami and Joshua Garba had got on the score sheet but had to settle for the spoils in Kano. Salami’s red card also blighted this classic game.
Our prediction: 2 – 1

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