Monday, August 19, 2013

Enyimba go top of NPFL

Two-time African champions, Enyimba, are now top of the Glo Premier League, otherwise known as the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL).

The People's Elephant climbed to the summit after scraping to a 1 – 0 win over Kaduna United in Aba on Sunday thanks to a late strike from Super Eagles striker, Ifeanyi Ede, who came on as a first half substitute for Emeka Nwanna.

The Aba club now have 42 points, same as Kano Pillars in second place. But Enyimba lead the standings on superior goal difference over the Kano club.

It is the first time this season that the six-time Nigerian champions are top of the NPFL standings.

Kano Pillars drop to second spot after staying top for 10 straight matchdays since June 5.

But the Kano club have a game in hand against Akwa United.

Christian Josiah's headed goals on 21 and 36 minutes gave Sunshine Stars a two-goal lead against Kano Pillars in Akure before Shehu Adamu halved the lead. But it proved little to keep Pillars at the top.

Sharks dumped Lobi Stars to bottom spot when their captain Odinga Odinga popped up to score a late winner after Terkaa Melai in goal for Lobi put in a massive shift on the day.

Kwara United got a goal through Sidi Lawal in the last 10 minutes but could not avoid a 1 – 2 loss at Nasarawa United.

ABS and Wikki Tourists cancelled out themselves in a 2 – 2 draw at the Kwara State Stadium in Ilorin. The result leaves both teams in the bottom four.

Bright Ejike's spot kick in the last 20 minutes for Heartland helped them defeat a plucky Dolphins.

The Owerri club are now out of the bottom four but the dogfight is still on for them.

Enugu Rangers could only muster just a goal through Christian Obiozor to down Gombe United.

In Yenagoa, a first half strike from Tunde Adeboye proved enough for Nembe City to edge Warri Wolves. Oghenekaro Etebo missed a glorious chance that could have at least sealed a point for Wolves late on.

The Akwa United and El-Kanemi Warriors contest at the Uyo Township Stadium ended 1 – 1.

Ezekiel Mba scored inside the opening 10 minutes for Akwa United and just before the half hour mark, Raphael Boumsong netted the leveller for the Warriors to share the points.

On Saturday, 3SC downed Bayelsa United 2 – 0 in Ibadan. The Oluyole Warriors got their goals from Kingsley Eduwo and Osaguona Ighodaro.

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