Friday, June 10, 2011

NPL wrap for Week 26

Eight games were played on matchday 26 and our predictor for the first time this season failed to get an exact score but got four correct results. 

These are round ups for the eight matches:

Plateau United 1 – 0 3SC
For the first time this season, Plateau United picked four points in two games following their one-nil win over 3SC on matchday 26 at the Rwang Pam Stadium in Jos. Edward Bewarang’s 10th minute goal was the difference between both sides. The loss hands 3SC their 12th loss of the season while Plateau gave themselves a lifeline of survival after a miserable start to the campaign this term.
Our prediction: 2 – 1

Niger Tornadoes 3 – 0 Ocean Boys
This game was all over as a contest with two goals from Soga Sambo and Sibi Gwar. Sambo now holds the record of scoring the fastest goal of the season on 33 seconds before Gwar made it two on 33 minutes. Ocean Boys, which won in Minna last term, showed no resistance and Lukman Mohammed made it three just on 50 minutes to secure the game for Tornadoes. Both sides are still out of the top half of the table.
Our prediction: 1 – 1

Kwara United 1 – 0 Juth
With five key players missing, Kwara United still completed a double over Juth. Anthony Okemiri full of running squared the ball for Barnabas Imenger to nod from a free position at the back post on 39 minutes to hand Kadiri Ikhana’s side all three points. Kwara United remain seventh on the log and Juth are still left to fight for their topflight status.
Our prediction: 2 – 0

Sharks 2 – 2 Zamfara United
This is definitely one of the upset of the season. Zamfara United tore the bookmakers’ forecast to shreds by securing a point in Port Harcourt. Former 3SC man, Efosa Ikhimkhin put Sharks ahead inside three minutes but another ex-3SC player, Osas Jolly, restored parity for the away team 18 minutes later. Andrew Michael gave the Blue Angels the lead again on 50 minutes but it lasted for just 20 minutes as Timothy Ndubuisi broke the home side’s hearts with Zamfara’s equaliser. Sharks miss the chance of closing the gap at the top while Zamfara United go back to Gusau with a big result.
Our prediction: 2 – 0

Enugu Rangers 2 – 0 Bukola Babes
The Flying Antelopes ended the reign of Festus Allen as head coach of Bukola Babes with a two-nil win. Ifeanyi Egwim and Uche Nwofor scored in each half to extinguish the fight from the Babes. It was Nwofor’s first goal since returning to the side after his exploit at the Orange African Youth Championship (AYC) with the Nigerian Under20s. Despite the win, Rangers are still off the mark from getting a continental ticket while Bukola Babes begin the search for a new coach.
Our prediction: 2 – 1

Enyimba 1 – 0 Kano Pillars
Titleholders, Enyimba, continued their impressive run at home with a 1 – 0 win over Kano Pillars. The six-time champions are yet to concede in 1170 minutes of football at home in the topflight this term. Kano Pillars in spite of losing remain in the top four while the Peoples Elephant are now sixth on the log.
Our prediction: 2 – 0

Warri Wolves 4 -1 Dolphins
Leaders, Dolphins suffered their worst defeat of the season this losing 1 - 4 at Warri Wolves. Efe Yarhere, Amanze Elekwachi and ThankGod Ike gave the home side a three-goal lead inside 50 minutes and 14 minutes to the end centre-back, Festus Austine, gave Dolphins something to cheer. But Azubuike Egwuekwe restored Wolves three-goal lead to end the game 4 - 1.
Our prediction: 2 – 2

Crown FC 1 - 0 Heartland
Crown FC gave themselves a chance of beating the drop with a 1-0 win over Heartland in Ilaro. Taofeek Akanbi got the winning goal on 22 minutes and left Heartland struggling till the end of the game. But Crown remain in relegation while Heartland's continental aspiration looks all but ended this term.
Our prediction: 1 – 1

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