Thursday, May 12, 2011

NPL Wrap for Week 20

Our predictor in the restart of the Nigeria Premier League (NPL) got off the ground running with eight prediction out of nine games including one exact result between 3SC and Ocean Boys.

Niger Tornadoes 2 – 1 Kwara Utd
Two new signings, Daniel Etor and Sibi Gwar, got the goals for Tornadoes while Kabiru Sanusi’s strike sandwiched the goals from the home side. Things turned awry for Kwara United late in the first half when they appeared to have got their grip on the game. Centre referee Sani Mohammed sent off defender Adekunle Muritala before ordering coach Kadiri Ikhana to the stands for questioning the sending off of Muritala. The win takes Tornadoes five points clear of the drop while Kwara United dropped to seventh on the log.
Our prediction: 1 – 0

Plateau Utd 2 – 0 Lobi Stars
Strugglers Plateau United got a deserved 2 - 0 win at the Rwang Pam Stadium in Jos over Lobi Stars on Wednesday. Striker George Akpabio continued his scoring run by getting Plateau's first goal inside the first minute of the second half before Emeka Onuoha got the second on 85 minutes. Bitrus Bewarang’s team are now 18th on the table with 16 points while Lobi are 11th with 29 points.
Our prediction: 2 – 1

Gombe Utd 3 – 1 Crown FC
The Desert Scorpions raced into a three-goal lead against newcomers Crown FC inside 70 minutes. Adamu Mohammed, Suleiman Usman and Mustapha Babadidi got the goals for the home team before Victor Nnadike netted a consolation for the Ajilete Valiant eight minutes to time. Gombe now have 24 points and are 15th on the table but Crown remain in the relegation zone with 18 points.
Our prediction: 2 – 0

Sharks 1 – 0 Heartland
It was late strike from Senegalese centre-back, Ousmane Pape Sane, that sealed all three points for the Blue Angels at the Sharks Stadium in Port Harcourt over Heartland. Sharks have climbed to fourth place on the log while Heartland are still outside of the top half of the table.
Our prediction: 1 – 1

Enugu Rangers 4 – 0 Juth
Rangers should have scored not less than eight goals in this game but profligacy in front of goal cost them the chance to become the first side to score that number of goals in a single game. But Uwadiegwu Ugwu scored on 28 minutes from the spot before Brendan Ogbu joined the duo of Ehiosun Ekigho and Chigozie Christopher as hat-trick heroes this season. But Ogbu's hat-trick is unique because the goals came in the space of nine minutes in this one-sided game. Juth replace city rivals, Plateau United, at the bottom of the log as the Flying Antelopes are now fifth with 33 points.
Our prediction: 1 – 0

Kano Pillars 3 – 0 Zamfara Utd
Pillars made sure that this game looked done and dusted as a contest inside 25 minutes. Gambo Mohammed scored on the first minute before Shehu Shagari and Nasiru Ibrahim completed the rout on Zamfara United. Ladan Bosso's men are now ninth on the table with 31 points but Zamfara find themselves in 19th position battling for survival.
Our prediction: 2 – 0

Warri Wolves 1 – 0 Kaduna Utd
Maurice Cooreman's men did set up a solid resistance against Warri Wolves. But one moment of taking their eyes off the ball handed Oke Akpoveta the chance to score the winner on 89 minutes. Wolves are in third place with 35 points and Kaduna United drop from third to sixth on the log.
Our prediction: 2 – 0

Enyimba 3 – 0 Dolphins
No one saw the backlash from Enyimba coming. The Peoples Elephant simply trampled on leaders, Dolphins, in Aba by three - nil. Victor Barnabas, Uche Kalu and Josiah Maduabuchi got the goals for the champions. But Maduabuchi's strike will definitely be a contender for goal of the season, after he dribbled past three Dolphins' defenders before curling the ball past goalkeeper Udoo Ochiogu. In spite of the loss, Dolphins remain top, as Enyimba reduce the gap between them and the leaders to 12 points from 15.
Our prediction: 1 – 0

3SC 2 – 1 Ocean Boys
Taofeek Adepoju and Nafiu Taiwo made sure that 3SC go into half time with a two-goal lead. A colourless performance by Fatai Amoo's side in the second half handed Ocean Boys the chance to battle for a point eight minutes to time after Collins Nwaneri pulled one back. But 3SC held on for all points in a nervy finish. Ocean Boys and 3SC occupy 14th and 15th positions respectively.
Our prediction: 2 – 1

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