Monday, January 17, 2011

Nigeria wrap up for Week 12

It was a bit of a difficult round to predict in the Nigeria Premier League (NPL), as our predictor came up with FIVE correct results with no EXACT scoreline from NINE games. 
The game between former champions, Ocean Boys, and Jos University Teaching Hospital (Juth) Football Club was called off at the instance of the former.

Dolphins 1 Lobi Stars 0
Stanley Eguma’s men stretched their winning streak to four with a one-nil triumph over Lobi Stars. The club’s last season top scorer, Captain Ejindu, ensured that Dolphins remain at the summit of Nigeria’s topflight for another week with a 61st minute goal. It was a scrappy game by Dolphins’ standards but it was the result that mattered to Eguma.
Prediction: 3 – 1

Kano Pillars 1 Sharks 1
It was a game of two halves and a game of two Victors at the Sani Abacha Stadium in Kano that left our predictor in the lurch. Victor Ezeji’s goal inside the quarter of an hour for the Blue Angels left stand-in head coach of Kano Pillars, Baba Ganaru, staring at defeat before substitute Victor Namo squeezed in the equaliser three minutes into added time to the relief of the home fans.
Prediction: 1 – 0

Shooting Stars 1 Kaduna United 1
Fatai Amoo thought that his men had wrapped up this game following Gbolahan Salami’s goal on 62 minutes. But Fidelis Saviour proved to be a saviour for Kaduna United and ensured that they remain the only side to have scored in every game this season. The game was, however, tainted with two red cards to Raphael Musa of Shooting Stars and Nelson Nimyel of Kaduna United – both for retaliation off the ball.
Prediction: 2 – 1

Bukola Babes 3 Kwara United 0
This is perhaps the most shocking result of the weekend. It still beats pundits on how Bukola Babes’ head coach, Festus Allen and his side put Kwara United with Kadiri Ikhana on the bench to the sword at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Stadium in Bauchi. Abdulrahman Bashiru, Effiom Otu-Bassey and Fade Adebayo got the goals while Seun Sogbesan led the lines at the back so well to keep Ikhana’s striking force quiet for the duration of the game.
Prediction: 0 – 0

Plateau United 2 Niger Tornadoes 2
Plateau United are still struggling to find their footing in the topflight this term following a 2 – 2 draw at home to Niger Tornadoes. But head coach of the side, Ndubuisi Nduka, will take some consolation from the fact that his team had to battle from behind twice through goals from John Daddy and Emmanuel Odafe. Plateau United and Niger Tornadoes are in the drop zone.
Prediction: 1 – 1

Zamfara United 1 Crown FC 0
Striker Bode Daniel of Crown Football Club will rue missing from the spot with Zamfara United one goal up and one man down. Austin Kadiri had earlier converted from the spot on 53 minutes after Charles Otuwe was adjudged to have handled the ball in his team’s goal area. The win ensures that Zamfara climb out of the drop zone while Crown now begin the battle for survival.
Prediction: 2 – 0

Sunshine Stars 2 Heartland 1
This game started with so much promise but centre referee, Friday Awogo’s failure to take charge saw the match turn into a brawl. It is not the first time that games between Sunshine Stars and Heartland have taken physical dimension, as same happened between both sides in Owerri on May 17, 2009. This time Sunshine Stars came out victors in this brawl with goals from Ibrahim Ajani and Daniel Mende while Joshua Obaje was Heartland’s goal scorer on the day.
Prediction: 1 – 0

Enugu Rangers 1 Gombe United 0
It appears that the Flying Antelopes have lost steam, as they have failed to conjure their five-goal performances that characterised their home run at the outset of the season. But Alphonsus Dike will be happy with Musa Najire’s winner 11 minutes from full time that has seen Rangers climb to third place but six points behind leaders, Dolphins.
Prediction: 2 – 1

Enyimba 0 Warri Wolves 0
This game in Aba was end to end stuff but it was tainted by poor officiating from the centre referee, Adamu Gambo and his assistants, Alfred Saiki and Aliyu Abdullahi. In spite of 11 minutes of added time, the game ended goalless and leaves the champions, Enyimba, out of the top half of the table while Wolves find themselves in the top four.
Prediction: 1 – 0

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