Monday, January 31, 2011

Nigeria wrap up for Week 14

Photo: Norbert Okolie, +2348035001830

Out of the EIGHT games played at the weekend, our predictor scored FIVE correct scores and just TWO exact results in a round that saw two drab games in Enugu.

Plateau United 0 Kaduna United 0
Drab is the word for this match coupled with scanty stands. For the first time, Kaduna United surrendered their scoring run this season in spite of our predictor tipping them to pick all points against struggling Plateau United. With the draw, Plateau United still remain in relegation and leaves coach Ndubuisi Nduka with work to do.
Prediction: 1 – 2

Bukola Babes 1 Heartland 0
Substitute Alhassan Saleh was the hero of the day for in-form newcomers, Bukola Babes, as his goal on 67 minutes ensured that they grabbed their fourth win on the bounce. The win by Festus Allen’s men over their more illustrious opponents, Heartland, meant they climb from fourth to third place on the log and four points behind leaders, Dolphins. Heartland are in 11th position.
Prediction: 1 – 0

Sharks 3 Niger Tornadoes 0
Victor Ezeji scored his fourth and fifth goal of the season while Bright Ejike completed Sharks’ rout over Niger Tornadoes at the Sharks Stadium in Port Harcourt. Sharks are seven points off the summit but with a game in hand while Tornadoes languish in relegation after picking just three points from 15 in their last five games.
Prediction: 2 – 0  

3SC 1 Crown FC 1
Faithful of Shooting Stars Sports Club (3SC) thought they had won this game when veteran striker, Kabiru Alausa scored with seven minutes remaining. But sloppy defending costs 3SC the game, as they conceding a penalty two minutes from the end and Crown Football Club’s defender, John Fashanu Fayoseh, calmly slotted home the ball to take his side’s first point in over month.
Prediction: 2 – 0

Zamfara United 1 Juth FC 0
It was a game that was characterised with end-to-end stuff at the Sani Abacha Stadium in Kano on Sunday. But Peter Bako’s goal was the difference as Zamfara United climbed out of the drop zone while Jos University Teaching Hospital (Juth) Football Club replace city rivals, Plateau United, as basement boys.
Prediction: 2 – 0

Sunshine Stars 2 Lobi Stars 0
Former Enyimba man, Ajani Ibrahim, struck twice in each half against Lobi Stars in a game played behind closed doors at the Gateway International Stadium in Ijebu-Ode to ensure that Sunshine Stars closed down the gap to one point on leaders, Dolphins, at the summit. Lobi Stars are just two points above the drop zone.
Prediction: 2 – 0

Ocean Boys 2 Dolphins 0
A controversial opening goal credited to Benjamin Felix and a superb finish by youngster Andrew Michael ended a five-game winning run of Dolphins this season. But Ocean Boys are still not out of the woods yet, as they are just two points off relegation.
Prediction: 1 – 0

Enugu Rangers 0 Warri Wolves 0
This game looked more like a wrestling bout. The battle for control of the midfield was fierce and Warri Wolves paid the price of securing a point off Rangers with the injury of ThankGod Ike. The goalless draw ended the invincibility of the Flying Antelopes at home.
Prediction: 2 – 1

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