Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Nigeria wrap up for Week 18

Apart from the Enugu Rangers – Heartland game postponed earlier, two additional games were abruptly called off in a manner now typical of the Nigeria Premier League (NPL). 
Seven games were played and our predictor got FIVE results right with no exact score.

Gombe United 0 – 2 Kwara United
The Desert Scorpions definitely put every foot wrong in this game at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Stadium in Bauchi, as Kadiri Ikhana’s men ran away with all points. Barnabas Imenger and Kabiru Sanusi ensured that the trip of the Afonja Warriors back to Ilorin was a fruitful one, as they climbed to ninth on the log and Gombe continue their streak of failing to win in eight games.
Our prediction: 1 – 0

Sharks 4 – 3 Crown FC
Supporters of Sharks had their hearts in their mouth all through this game, as Crown Football Club fought till the final minutes of this game. It was a topsy-turvy affair at the Sharks Stadium, as Agogo Ebitimi opened score on 11 minutes and Gabriel Agu pulled Crown back 10 minutes later. But the Blue Angels raced into a 3 – 1 lead just before half time with goals from Belema Fenebo and Fortune Omonawari. Crown’s Tony Ijomorgibe gave the away side a lifeline but Ebitimi netted his second of the day. The Ajilete Valiant ensured Sharks ended the game on a nervy note with a late goal from Morenikeji Akanbi. Sharks are now fifth while Crown remain third from bottom.
Our prediction: 2 – 0

Niger Tornadoes 0 – 0 Kaduna United
There was little talking point in this encounter at the Bako Kontagora Stadium in Minna. But Kaduna United and Maurice Cooreman will be happier to have taken a point back home with them in this game. The Crocodiles are now seventh on the log while Tornadoes are 16th.
Our prediction: 1 – 0

Kano Pillars 1 – 0 Warri Wolves
A first half penalty converted by Rabiu Ali was enough to help Kano Pillars grab all points after penultimate weekend’s 0 – 3 loss at Sunshine Stars. In spite of the loss, Wolves still remain in the top four while Pillars also keep their place in the top half of the table.
Our Prediction: 2 – 1

3SC 1 – 1 Dolphins
Tope Orelope’s screamer inside 40 minutes was not enough to get Fatai Amoo’s side the three points against leaders Dolphins. For the third week, Derek Amadi proved to be the hero for the table toppers, as he popped up to make sure that Stanley Eguma’s men take a point away from this tie. Dolphins still remain top and five points clear of Sunshine Stars, who have a game in hand.
Our prediction: 0 – 0

Plateau United 1 – 0 Juth FC
The Jos city derby produced no fireworks whatsoever. But Plateau United still managed the odd goal in this relegation dogfight. It was Eze Nwabike’s goal that made the difference in this game though officials of Jos University Teaching Hospital (Juth) Football Club claim the goal should not have stood. Both teams are first and second from the bottom of the log.
Our prediction: 1 – 1

Bukola Babes 2 – 1 Ocean Boys
And Festus Allen’s men returned to winning ways after their 0 – 2 loss to Dolphins in Week 17. Hero of the day for the Babes was Effiom Otu-Bassey, whose goals inside 25 minutes gave the home side a comfortable start. But Chigozie Christopher scored his fifth goal in three games to prove that his performance in the past two games was no flash in the pan. Bukola Babes climbed to third place with 30 points while Ocean Boys stay out of the top half.
Our prediction: 2 – 0

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