Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Heartland end road hoodoo

Cup kings, Heartland finally brought to an end their more than four-year wait for a first away win in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) on Wednesday.

Heartland stunned 3SC 2-0 at the Lekan Salami Stadium in Ibadan.

It has taken the Naze Millionaires around 1,529 days to get their first away win in the Nigeria top flight.

The last time Heartland won on the road in the league was on March 7, 2009 at Enugu Rangers. They won 3-1 on that occasion.

Heartland petite winger, Jolly Osas, netted just inside three minutes of the kick off.

3SC then huffed and puffed but the Cup holders put the chink in their armour through an insurance goal from Ebere Odiche with just 20 minutes left to play.

Heartland are now second on the log with 20 points, two behind table-toppers, Kano Pillars.

Kano Pillars kept their spot at the summit of the standings with a 3-1 win over Nembe City.

Rabiu Ali, Nasiru Ali and Buhari Musa were among the goals in Kano as the champions moved two points clear at the top.

In the early kickoff of the day, Reuben Ogbonna struck late from a direct free kick to give El-Kanemi Warriors a 1-0 win over Sunshine Stars, who had Henry Osita sent off.

ABS and Sharks fired blanks in Ilorin in spite of the latter being reduced to 10 men when former Nigeria under-20 defender, Adeyinka Adedeji, was sent off by centre referee, Sani Mohammed, for a second bookable offence.

Liberia striker, John Kollie, scored his second goal of the season as Lobi Stars held on for a 1-0 win over Warri Wolves.

Goals in each half at the Liberation Stadium in Port Harcourt from Fred Okwara and Derek Amadi gave Dolphins the full points over Kaduna United.

Bishop Onyeudo is now joint leading scorer with Isah Akor on seven goals apiece after he netted from the spot in Gombe United's lone goal win over Kwara United.

Enugu Rangers could not hold out for a point in Uyo as they conceded in the 80th minute to Emmanuel Enize's strike for Akwa United.

On Thursday, Bayelsa United play hosts to Nasarawa United in game which could see any of the two sides go third on the log.

Two-time African champions, Enyimba, go up against Wikki Tourists in Bauchi to round off Week 12 games.

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