Monday, July 11, 2011

NPL wrap for Week 32

Sunshine Stars and Dolphins continue to go neck in neck for the title race after losing in their road games at Heartland and Lobi Stars respectively.

Our predictor grabbed six correct results including three exact scores in a week that teams in the drop zone cut the gap between themselves and safety to just two points.

Kwara United 0 – 3 Bukola Babes
Bukola Babes shockingly re-enacted the same scoreline of the first meeting this season when they bashed Kadiri Ikhana’s side 3 – 0. Abdulkadir Aminu, Otu-Bassey Effiom and Azeez Sobowale got the goals.  Coincidentally Effiom scored in the first meeting and once again smashed home in this game to ensure that Bukola Babes do the double on their city rivals in this derby. The Babes are 13th on the log with 42 points while Kwara United are 10th on 46 points.
Our prediction: 1 – 1

Sharks 1 – 0 Kano Pillars
Peter Obiorah’s solitary strike in the first half was enough for the Blue Angels to edge Kano Pillars in this game. Pillars drop from third to fourth place on the table, as Sharks remain sixth with 50 points.
Our prediction: 1 – 0

Gombe United 0 – 0 Enugu Rangers
Rangers battled the Desert Scorpions to a standstill at the Pantami Stadium in Gombe on Saturday. Gombe United remain outside of the top half while Rangers with two outstanding games to play are in ninth with 47 points.
Our prediction: 1 – 0

Niger Tornadoes 1 – 1 Plateau United
The hosts, Tornadoes, were just five minutes away from suffering their first home loss in the topflight this season after Kelly Paul had put Plateau United one goal up on 56 minutes. But Chibuzor Osigwe made sure that Justin Tenger’s side shared the spoils at home. Tornadoes are in 12th position on the log with 43 points from 32 games while Plateau United remain in the drop zone with 31 points from same number of matches played.
Our prediction: 2 – 1

Juth 2 – 0 Ocean Boys
The Healers secured a two-nil win over Ocean Boys. Moshood Kasali scored twice in each half to take his person haul to five this term but Juth remain bottom of the table with 26 points from 32 games. Ocean Boys continue to hold the record as the only side with no points in away games and are now just two points above the drop zone.
Our prediction: 1 – 0

Crown FC 3 – 0 Zamfara United
In this dogfight, Crown FC gave themselves a big chance to escape relegation with a 3 – 0 win. Gabriel Agu opened score on 31 minutes before second half goals from Simon Okologo and Victor Nnadike sealed their biggest win of the season. The Ajilete Valiant move within two points of safety same as Zamfara United.
Our prediction: 2 – 1

Lobi Stars 2 – 1 Dolphins
Lobi Stars denied Dolphins the chance to go top of the log after Chimaobi Nwaogu and Moses Bunde got their goals with Emma Nwachi’s effort for the away team on 49 minutes sandwiching their goals. Dolphins remain on 60 points in second place but with an outstanding match and Lobi are seventh with 50 points from 31 games.
Our prediction: 1 – 0

Heartland 2 – 0 Sunshine Stars
Sunshine Stars met a different opposition in Heartland. Chibuzor Ozurumba set the ball rolling on 27 minutes before Bartholomew Ibenegbu netted the second from the spot to hand Heartland a 2 – 0 win. Sunshine Stars remain top of the table and Heartland are in 11th place.
Our prediction: 2 – 0

Warri Wolves 2 – 0 Enyimba
For the second week running Oduokpe Oghogho got on the score sheet for Wolves. And in the second half Enyimba centre-back, Chinedu Udoji turned in an own goal to give Paul Aigbogun’s side a two-nil triumph, as they move into third place behind Sunshine Stars and Dolphins on the log. Champions Enyimba are fifth with 51 points from 31 games.
Our prediction: 1 – 0

Kaduna United 2 – 0 3SC
A double from Jude Aneke (pictured) inside 35 minutes put 3SC to the sword at the Kaduna Township Stadium. The loss leaves Fatai Amoo’s men four points above the drop zone while Kaduna United are in eighth position with 48 points from 31 games.
Our prediction: 2 – 0

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