Monday, June 27, 2011

NPL wrap for Week 29

A total of 17 goals were scored on Matchday 29 coupled with two away wins and two away draws recorded.

Prediction for our forecaster was at its lowest, as only four games were got right with no exact score.

Plateau United 0 – 1 Enugu Rangers
Plateau United suffered their fifth loss at home this term after conceding a late goal off the effort of Steven Adah. The Flying Antelopes have picked three road wins from 15 games to move into sixth place on the log with 46 points and Plateau United are second from the bottom with 27 points from 29 games.
Our prediction: 2 – 1

Bukola Babes 0 – 1 Niger Tornadoes
Attacking midfielder Daniel Etor returned to Ilorin to haunt his former team, Bukola Babes with a fine strike on 85 minutes. Etor was one of three players that left the Babes in the mid-season transfer window. Bukola Babes’ top scorer, Abdulrahman Bashir with eight goals missed a first half penalty and that summed up the home side’s struggling display. Tornadoes are now 11th on the table and Bukola Babes dropped to 12th.
Our prediction: 1 – 1

Kano Pillars 1 – 0 Juth
Juth will feel hard done by the addition of another one minute on the five minutes added time by centre referee, Babatunde Obisesan. Shagari Mohammed came up with a 96th minute goal that led to Pillars’ fans encroaching the pitch in wild jubilation. Ladan Bosso’s side climb into third with 50 points while Juth remain rooted to the foot of the table with 22 points with an outstanding game to play.
Our prediction: 2 – 0

3SC 1 – 1 Gombe United
3SC did not do themselves any good by pulling a fourth draw at home this season. Tope Orelope shot 3SC in front on seven minutes but the lead lasted just 14 minutes before Sulaimon Usman levelled score. 3SC got two penalties but fluffed them to remain 13th on the log while Gombe United are 15th and five points above the drop.
Our prediction: 1 – 0

Ocean Boys 1 – 1 Kwara United
Solomon Yahaya’s stunning strike from the left channel catches Ocean Boys keeper, Iboro Akpakpan off his line to hand Kwara United a 16th minute lead. Kadiri Ikhana’s men thought they had scored a second after the ball was scrambled home but ref overruled it. Okey Akabuogu stepped up to pull Ocean Boys level from the spot on 36 minutes. More drama, as Madu Chiamaka’s goal on 79th minute was ruled offside for both sides to share the spoils. Kwara United are ninth while Ocean Boys are 14th on the log.
Our prediction: 1 – 0

Lobi Stars 3 – 0 Heartland
Heartland are now 16th with just four points above the drop zone following a 0 – 3 loss. Moses Bunde, Tony Okpotu and Hilary Chukwu got the goals for Lobi Stars. Dominic Iorfa’s side are seventh on the log with 46 points while Heartland continue their worst display in the topflight in five seasons.
Our prediction: 1 – 0

Zamfara United 1 – 0 Warri Wolves
Zamfara United gave themselves a lifeline of escaping the drop with a late winner through Murtala Salisu. Wolves held their line well until they were breach on 89 minutes. Paul Aigbogun’s men are now fourth on the table with 49 points while Zamfara United move within four points of survival.
Our prediction: 1 – 1

Sunshine Stars 4 – 1 Kaduna United
Sunshine Stars overran fellow campaigners in the Orange Caf Confederation Cup, Kaduna United 4 – 1 to open a three-point lead at the top of the log. Godfrey Oboabona, Ukeyima Akombo, Medrano Tamen and an own goal by Emmanuel Ambrose made the game more than safe for the home team. Jude Aneke got Kaduna United’s consolation. United are 10th on the log with 42 points.
Our prediction: 2 – 0

Enyimba 1 – 0 Sharks
Victor Barnabas got the only goal from the spot to earn Enyimba their 14th home win in 15 games. The champions continue with a clean sheet at home in 1,350 minutes and move into fifth place with 10 points behind leaders, Sunshine Stars while Sharks drop to eighth position on the league standings.
Our prediction: 2 – 0

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