Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Emordi happy to dump Pillars

Enugu Rangers head coach, Okey Emordi (pictured) is a satisfied man after his squad saw off Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) champions, Kano Pillars and in convincing fashion too.

As much as the result looked flattering, Emordi, who has managed at Enyimba in the past, believes his team's win over Kano Pillars does not signal that the title will be heading to Enugu just yet after more than two decades of wait.

"I'm very satisfied with the way we played and the outcome. It goes to show that we are in contention and will be up there till the end of the season.

"We can't start talking about the title now because we have not even reached the halfway of the season. So it's still a long season away but I know this team can achieve so much at the end of this season," said the trainer of the Flying Antelopes.

Here's a complete round-up of all the games played on Sunday in the top flight:

Enugu Rangers 4 – 0 Kano Pillars

In the opening half hour, the game was already put to bed after goals from Dada Bitrus, Oghogho Oduokpe and Alhaji Gero. Former Gombe United forward, Sanusi Sani then added gloss to the result as Rangers climb to top spot for the second time this season.

ABS 1 – 0 3SC

Ibrahim Abdullahi's 63rd minute strike was just enough for the Saraki Boys to take the full points against 3SC, who continue their woeful record on the road this term. Both clubs sit outside of the top 10.

Sunshine Stars 3 – 0 Akwa United

A first half double from Dele Olorundare and another goal from Ibrahim Ajani pushed the hosts into second spot.

Sharks 2 – 1 Bayelsa United

Gomo Onduku nodded the away side in front after 22 minutes. The Blue Angels responded in the business end of the tie through winger Chiamaka Madu and Abraham Ezeoha to clinch their second win of the season. But the Port Harcourt club remain in the bottom four.

Heartland 3 – 0 Wikki Tourists

The Cup holders showed their intent to win this game as early as the sixth minute when Happy Okuoka opened score against the Tourists. Impressive Isah Akor made it two on 51 minutes before Esom Tochukwu wrapped it up with a minute to full time. Heartland are now fifth on the log with 14 points.

Nasarawa United 1 – 1 Lobi Stars

The Solid Miners started off strongly as Victor Namo put them up but Lobi Stars' Liberian import, John Kollie ensured his side earned a share of the spoils. Nasarawa United still keep their top four place.

Enyimba 2 – 0 Dolphins

Ifeanyi Ede calmly converted from the spot on nine minutes after he was brought down inside Dolphins' goal area by Chidiebere Okolie. Just before the hour mark, Ugo Nwachukwu benefited from some sloppy defending to get Enyimba's insurance goal, as the Aba club sit in 10th spot on 12 points.

Nembe City 2 – 0 Gombe United

Okiki Mosampa was the hero in this tie as his brace in the second half gave Nembe City the points. City are now sixth with 14 points while Gombe United are in 13th spot.

Warri Wolves 2 – 1 Kwara United

Wolves extended their unbeaten run to eight so far with Musa Najare's brace inside 25 minutes. But Sidi Lawal's goal trimmed the deficit before the break and made the game finish on a nervy note as the hosts held on for a second win this term.

Kaduna United 1 – 0 El-Kanemi Warriors

The Crocodiles endured a tough afternoon against the Warriors, who defended in numbers, and behind the ball most times. But Iliya Jibo's goal proved decisive as Kaduna United claimed the points that lifted them away from the bottom four.

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