Monday, May 16, 2011

NPL wrap for Week 21

For the second consecutive matchday, our predictor got nine games correct including three exact results. Surprisingly Niger Tornadoes turned out as the only side to pick maximum points on the road at Crown.

Dolphins 3 – 0 Plateau United
Expectedly leaders, Dolphins ran Plateau United ragged at the Liberation Stadium in Port Harcourt in a bid to return to winning ways after suffering their biggest defeat on the road to Enyimba last Wednesday. Victor Michael scored twice and Johnson Olewezi capped a one-sided performance with a last minute goal to earn Dolphins three points and three goals. Dolphins remain top of the league with four points ahead of the chasing pack and Plateau are still fighting for survival.
Our prediction: 2 – 0

Kwara United 2 – 0 Warri Wolves
Kabiru Sanusi cannot stop scoring, as he was on the score sheet in Kwara United’s 2 – 0 win over Warri Wolves on Saturday in Ilaro. It was the striker’s ninth goal of the campaign. Femi Omotayo got the other goal to make sure that Kwara United climbed to third place on the log with 35 points. Wolves are fourth with same number of points but lesser goals difference.
Our prediction: 2 – 1

Crown FC 2 – 3 Niger Tornadoes
It was one of those mad moments in football and it turned out against the home side, as they slumped 2 – 3 to Niger Tornadoes. Philip Asuquo and Morenikeji Taofeek got the goals for Crown FC while Sibi Gwar continued his goal scoring run at Tornadoes by grabbing a double before Azuka Ebinun made sure that Justin Tenger’s men got an away win. Tornadoes are now eight points above relegation while Crown remain in 17th position with 18 points from 21 games.
Our prediction: 2 – 1

Juth 0 – 0 Sharks
This was one of the two games that ended goalless over the weekend. The goalless draw still meant that Juth remain at the basement of the table after matchday 21. The Blue Angels are in fifth place and 11 points behind city rivals, Dolphins, on the log.
Our prediction: 1 – 1

Kano Pillars 2 – 0 Kaduna United
Nasiru Ibrahim and Buhari Musa were the heroes for Kano Pillars against northern rivals. Kano Pillars set the tone for a second consecutive home win since the restart of the season on 21 minutes through Ibrahim. Musa made sure of the points just 16 minutes to the end of the game. Pillars are now sixth on the table with 34 points and Kaduna United have fallen to eighth.
Our prediction: 2 – 1

Zamfara United 1 – 1 Bukola Babes
Once again Festus Allen’s Bukola Babes turned on the style against Zamfara United in Gusau. The Babes went into the lead on the stroke of half time through Fade Adebayo after attacking winger, Otu-Bassey Effiom, had been sent away. A controversial penalty scored by new signing, Duash Makadas, saved Zamfara from suffering a home loss. Zamfara's streak of no win in the topflight stretches to seven and they remain in the drop zone while Bukola drop out of the top half of the log for the first time this year.
Our prediction: 1 – 1

Lobi Stars 1 – 0 Enugu Rangers
Rangers continued their poor form on the road by losing to Lobi Stars in Jalingo. It was James Okwosah's own goal that handed Lobi their 10th win of the campaign. Lobi are 10th on the table with 32 points and Rangers drop to seventh.
Our prediction: 1 – 0

Heartland 1 – 0 Gombe United
Bello Kofarmata's strike for Heartland on 78 minutes was the difference in this cagey tie in Owerri. Kofarmata made amends for an earlier penalty miss on the hour mark to give the Naze Millionaires all points over the Desert Scorpions. Heartland and Gombe United occupy 12th and 16th positions respectively.
Our prediction: 1 – 0

Sunshine Stars 1 – 0 3SC
A penalty converted on eight minutes by captain Godfrey Oboabona ensured that Sunshine Stars kept up the chase on leaders Dolphins at the summit of the league. 3SC are seven points adrift the drop zone after Sunday's loss to Sunshine Stars.
Our prediction: 2 – 1

Ocean Boys 0 – 0 Enyimba
Holders, Enyimba, held on for a point in the second game that ended goalless on matchday 21. Ocean Boys failed to come to the party with their shoes on and the loss of Chigozie Christopher and Andrew Michael to rival clubs (Dolphins and Sharks) in the mid-season transfer window was evident in Ocean Boys' final third. Enyimba are 14 points behind the league leaders, Dolphins while Ocean Boys are in 13th position with 27 points.
Our prediction: 1 – 1

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