Monday, December 13, 2010

Round up of NPL Week 6

Our predictor got SIX correct scores of last weekend’s games in the Nigeria Premier League (NPL) right but without any exact score.

Shooting Stars 2 Plateau United 1
Fatai Amoo’s men were condemned to win this game after suffering two straight defeats to Kano Pillars and Enyimba, and they responded well. Inside 15 minutes, Raheem Owolabi scored from Gbolahan Salami’s good build-up before George Akpabio pulled Plateau level 11 minutes to half time. But veteran Kabiru Alausa ensured that grabbed all points on 75 minutes to keep Shooting Stars within two points of league leaders, Sunshine Stars.
Our prediction: 2 – 0

Bukola Babes 1 Enugu Rangers 0
Enugu Rangers’ poor away display continued with a one-nil loss to Bukola Babes. Abdulrahman Bashir was the hero after his 10th minute strike made rubbish of our predictor’s forecast. The win ensured that the Babes climbed out of the drop zone while the Flying Antelopes slumped to ninth position on the log.
Our prediction: 0 – 0

Dolphins 1 Warri Wolves 0
Wolves suffered their first loss of the season but with lots of fight against former champions, Dolphins. Substitute Captain Ejindu’s flick from an unmarked position 10 minutes from time was enough to send Dolphins top on Saturday before Sunshine Stars toppled them on Sunday evening.
Our prediction: 2 – 1

Juth FC 0 Kwara United 2
Suddenly Jos is becoming the whipping ground for teams on the road. Kadiri Ikhana’s Kwara United are the latest team to grab all points at the Rwang Pam Stadium. Two goals from Gbenga Arokoyo and youngster Anthony Okemiri were enough to earn the Afonja Warriors the biggest away win so far this season.  Kwara United are now sixth on the table while The Healers are at the foot.
Our prediction: 1 – 0

Kano Pillars 3 Enyimba 0
Out-of-sorts Enyimba were taken to the cleaners by Kano Pillars. Though the Peoples Elephant will have an excuse that they arrived in Kano on matchday, it was Pillars that ran over the champions three-nil with Sheriff Isah, Gambo Muhammed and Nasir Ali getting the goals. The loss in Kano leaves the champions out of the top half of the log.
Our prediction: 2 – 0

Zamfara United 2 Sharks 1
The other unbeaten team in the league, Sharks, also lost their proud toga in Kano on Sunday. Muritala Salisu and Austin Kadiri got the goals for Zamfara United and those were sandwiched by Kola Anubi’s strike – all in the first half.
Our prediction: 1 – 2

Sunshine Stars 3 Gombe United 1
Gbenga Ogunbote’s side continued their 100 per cent record at home beating Gombe United (pictured) 3 – 1. Expectedly, Ukeyima Akombo netted his fourth goal of the season to lead the goal scorers’ chart after six weeks. Emmanuel Sunday and Ofem Inah got Sunshine Stars’ other goals while George Chinwuba had earlier scored for Gombe. But Sunshine go top of the league for the first time this season.
Our prediction: 2 – 0

Ocean Boys 2 Niger Tornadoes 0
Just as our prediction pointed out, Ocean Boys won expectedly though the win was marred by Emmanuel Ogoli’s death. Ocean Boys’ goals came inside the last 10 minutes and both converted by striker Charles Omokaro. The win lifts Ocean Boys out of the base of the league table.
Our prediction: 1 – 0

Lobi Stars 2 Kaduna United 1
It was the second time that Siman Yusuf will score against the home side and second time that Kaduna United will lose in such circumstance. Yusuf’s 13th minute goal was cancelled by Moses Orkuma 16 minutes later. On 42 minutes, Chimaobi Nwaogu, sealed the game and ensured that Lobi got their second win of the season.
Our prediction: 0 – 0

Heartland 1 Crown FC 0
Olusesi Temitope’s scooped header over Crown goalkeeper, Ayobami Ojo, after Okey Nwadike’s flick on 44 minutes made sure Heartland claimed all points. In spite of their struggling start to the season, Heartland are just two points behind the leading pack and in seventh on the log while Crown are in 13th position.
Our prediction: 2 – 0

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