Monday, February 14, 2011

Nigeria wrap for Week 16

Our predictor did quite a good job scoring SIX over EIGHT including predicting THREE exact results right in a matchday that had two games called off due to the continental engagements of Enyimba and Kano Pillars.

Gombe United 1 – 1 Warri Wolves
Adamu Mahamed’s goal on the hour mark looked to have settled this game, as Gombe United go into the lead. And Gombe United should have forged ahead with a second goal from the spot but last week’s best goalkeeper in the league, Ambrose Vanzekin, kept Wolves in the game before Gift Atulewa equalised just nine minutes from time. Wolves remain third on the log but seven points behind leaders, Dolphins.
Our prediction: 1 – 1

Sharks 2 – 1 Kaduna United
This game defied the heavy downpour at half time thanks to the good drainage at the Sharks Stadium. Stanley Okoronkwo scored twice but his second was sublime after he controlled and lifts the ball over the head of Kaduna United’s Victor Ezema before rifling home with a sweet left foot. Jude Aneke, however, pulled one back for United, as Sharks climbed to fifth place and Kaduna drop by two spots from its earlier fifth position.
Our prediction: 2 – 0

Plateau United 1 – 2 Crown FC
It is not getting any better for Plateau United, as they lost for the fourth time at home and this time to newcomers, Crown Football Club. The Ajilete Valiant raced into a two –goal inside 20 minutes through Gabriel Agu and Ibrahim Obayomi before George Akpabio reduced the tally. But Crown held on for their first win on the road. Both teams, however, remain in the battle for survival.
Our prediction: 1 – 0

Zamfara United 0 – 1 Dolphins
Derek Amadi was the hero of this game as he poked home a 53rd minute goal for Dolphins to maintain a four-point lead over the chasing pack on the log in spite of a 1 – 1 forecast from our predictor before this game. Quite stunning that head coach, Stanley Eguma, was not even on the bench as his stand-in Zachary Baraje took charge.
Our prediction: 1 – 1

Sunshine Stars 2 – 0 Ocean Boys
An own goal from Ocean Boys’ Festus Umanah and another goal from the penalty spot off the boot of Ibrahim Ajani just before the half hour mark gave Sunshine Stars another win at home. The two goals ultimately sealed Sunshine’s eighth straight win at home to keep their 100 per cent home run intact. Gbenga Ogunbote’s (pictured) men keep up the chase on Dolphins at the summit.
Our prediction: 2 – 0

Enugu Rangers 1 – 0 Kwara United
The Flying Antelopes are beginning to toil for goals at their home ground after going on a goal-scoring spree at the outset of the season. It was Brendan Ogbu’s 37th minute strike that handed Alphonsus Dike’s side all points as they are now 10 points behind the leaders while Kwara United are just five points above the drop zone.
Our prediction: 1 – 0

3SC 3 – 0 Juth FC
Another Jos side, Jos University Teaching University Hospital (Juth) Football Club, crumbled at the weekend. De-Healers remain bottom after losing 0 – 3 to Shooting Stars Sports Club (3SC) in Abeokuta in Sunday’s late game. In spite of being profligate in front of goal, 3SC still won through goals from Taofeek Adepoju and Olamide Adigun, who scored twice.
Our prediction: 2 – 0

Bukola Babes 3 – 1 Lobi Stars
Newcomers, Bukola Babes, are not showing any sign of ending what many term a fairy tale run yet. Festus Allen’s men conjured another spectacular performance by beating Lobi Stars 3 – 1 in Bauchi to extend their unbeaten run to seven. Fade Adebayo, Aziz Shobowale and Abdulrahman Bashir got the goals for the Babes while Moses Orkuma’s strike was the only response from the Stars. Bukola Babes remain fourth while Lobi are now 12th on the log.
Our prediction: 2 – 1

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