Monday, June 13, 2011

NPL wrap for Week 27

Titleholders, Enyimba, edge close to the top four with a fine performance in Aba and also kept their clean sheet intact at home. But Dolphins and Sunshine Stars still remain in first and second respectively in spite of having their games postponed.

Our predictor, however, got five correct results including two exact scores.

Kano Pillars 3 – 0 Heartland
Heartland held on for 52 minutes but crumbled thereafter. Gambo Mohammed (pictured) opened score for Kano Pillars on 52 minutes before Victor Namo netted twice in the last 20 minutes of this tie to give his side a three-nil win. Pillars are fourth on the log with 46 points from 27 games while Heartland occupy 12th with 34 points.
Our prediction: 2 – 0

Bukola Babes 1 - 1 Sharks
Interim head coach, Kabir Sulaiman Dogo, took charge of his first game at Bukola Babes and got a home draw. Stanley Okoronkwo got the lead for Sharks on 84 minutes. But injuries to two Sharks players led to Bukola Babes drawing level three minutes later through Oluwaseyi Otunba. The Babes remain outside the top half of the log, as the Blue Angels perch on seventh with 43 points.
Our prediction: 1 – 1

3SC 0 - 1 Enugu Rangers
Nigerian Under20 striker, Uche Nwofor, struck the winner on the hour mark for Rangers in this traditional clash. He scored a second but the referee ruled it out. 3SC were a shadow of themselves and have 34 points from 27 games played while Rangers are sixth on the log.
Our prediction: 1 – 0

Juth 0 - 1 Crown FC
Crown FC got their only clear chance on goal and grabbed it. Gabriel Agu's 28th minute winner was enough to condemn Juth to the base of the log in this dogfight. Crown FC have handed themselves a chance to escape the drop but Juth now look like a side set to return to the lower division.
Our prediction: 2 – 1

Lobi Stars 2 - 1 Kwara United
Two quick goals inside the opening 25 minutes from Tanko Umar and Moses Bunde gave Lobi Stars a climb into the top half though former Bukola Babes' forward, Ismaila Gata, reduced the tally by getting Kwara United's consolation goal. Kwara United are eighth and Lobi are ninth on the log. Both sides are separated by a point.
Our prediction: 1 – 0

Enyimba 3 - 0 Plateau United
This game was summarily over for Plateau United just on the half hour mark. Uche Kalu got Enyimba's first goal before Samuel Tswanya blasted home a 30-yard free kick to hand the hosts a 2-0 lead into half time. Kalu completed the rout on a poor Plateau United side just as the champions continued their clean sheet at home. Enyimba are now fifth and seven points behind leaders, Dolphins while Plateau United remain in the drop zone.
Our prediction: 2 – 0

Ocean Boys 1 - 1 Warri Wolves
Collins Nwaneri put Ocean Boys ahead on 69 minutes but five minutes later Super Eagles forward, Ehiosun Ekigho, got Wolves the leveller. Paul Aigbogun's side maintain third place in the league table while Ocean Boys are 14th.
Our prediction: 1 – 0

Zamfara United 1 - 0 Gombe United
For the second game running, Timothy Ndubuisi, emerged the hero for relegation-battling Zamfara United by netting the winning goal against Gombe United. He saved Zamfara the blushes at Sharks when they played 2 - 2 on matchday 26. In spite of picking four points in their last two games, Zamfara United still remain in relegation and Gombe United are four points above the drop zone but with an outstanding game to play.
Our prediction: 1 – 0

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