Monday, January 24, 2011

Wrap up for Week 13

Our predictor made a go at NINE games out of the 10 played between Friday and Sunday, and got SEVEN correct scores including FIVE exact results.

Juth FC 0 Sunshine Stars 0
This is the first game to be played on a Friday in the Nigeria Premier League (NPL) this season. The Healers’ contingent branded the centre referee, Success Anyanwu, a killjoy for overruling what they thought was a legitimate goal from striker Victor Yakubu. But still The Healers could not break down Sunshine Stars, as they finished the night as they started.

Heartland 3 Zamfara United 0
Bello Kofamata was the man for the show, as he ran Zamfara United ragged scoring one and setting up two other goals. Centre-back Chinedu Efugh got Heartland’s third goal two minutes before time after Abass Rotimi had turned in Kofarmata’s effort into his own goal. The win puts Heartland on ninth position on the log but 10 points behind leaders, Dolphins, while Zamfara are just one point above the drop zone.
Prediction: 3 – 1

Kwara United 1 3SC 0
Kabiru Sanusi was the hero for Kwara United, as his goal ensured that Kadiri Ikhana’s team returned to winning ways after Week 12’s 0 – 3 defeat at the hands of newcomers, Bukola Babes. Kwara United are in seventh place while Shooting Stars Sports Club (3SC) take up 10th after the loss.
Prediction: 1 – 0

Niger Tornadoes 0 Enugu Rangers 0
This is one of the games in which our predictor was spot on. For the first time this season, Rangers grabbed their first point on the road and also, did not concede. But Alphonsus Dike will still be worried that his side’s bluntness in attack on the road needs remedy.
Prediction: 0 – 0

Dolphins 1 Kano Pillars 0
Nigerian under20 star, Abduljeleel Ajagun, made sure that Dolphins stretched their winning run to five – the longest streak for wins this season in the NPL. Kano Pillars without coach Salisu Yusuf, now with the Nigerian men’s national team, thought they had secure an away point before Ajagun popped up to score the winner inside the last 10 minutes of the game to ensure that Dolphins open a four-point lead over the chasing pack. Kano Pillars are eighth with 17 points and with an outstanding game to play.
Prediction: 1 – 0

Gombe United 0 Sharks 0
A number of analysts are still stunned that the Blue Angels could hold out Gombe United in Bauchi, a place where formers champions such as Heartland, Ocean Boys and 3SC had lost. Sharks in spite of the draw are 11th but have a game at hand and Gombe are 12th.
Prediction: 2 – 1

Crown FC 0 Bukola Babes 2
No one saw this result coming though Bukola Babes have shown that they are talented. Abdulrahman Bashir and Fade Adebayo continued their scoring form though in truth this game should have ended 0 – 5 or even 0 – 6 in favour of Bukola Babes, who toyed with the home side on the turf of the Gateway International Stadium in Ilaro. No surprise Festus Allen’s men are now fourth on the log after this win on the road.
Prediction: 2 – 1

Lobi Stars 1 Ocean Boys 0
A controversial 26th minute penalty converted by Chimaobi Nwaogu left former champions, Ocean Boys, holed up in the relegation zone. Lobi Stars are not out of the woods yet, as they are just three points off the drop zone.
Prediction: 1 – 0

Warri Wolves 3 Plateau United 1
At the interval this game looked all over with Warri Wolves racing into a three-goal lead with goals from Amanze Elekwachi, Ehiosun Ekigho and ThankGod Ike before Emma Odafe got a consolation for Plateau United with seven minutes remaining. Definitely Ndubuisi Nduka’s days at Plateau are now numbered follow a string of poor results. Plateau United are at the base of the log after taking just eight points from 11 games.
Prediction: 3 – 1

Kaduna United 1 Enyimba 0
For the second week running, Fidelis Saviour has turned out to be a Godsend to Maurice Cooreman’s team after his winning goal on 77 minutes gave them all points in this tie. Six-time champions, Enyimba, are now 11 points off the summit after garnering just 16 points from 12 games and are 13th on the log.
Prediction: 2 – 1

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