Thursday, August 29, 2013

Enyimba reclaim top spot

Source: Folu Taiwo
Enyimba cruised to a 3-0 win over Gombe United in a Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) game on Wednesday to regain top spot of the standings.

Two goals inside the first 40 minutes from Ifeanyi Ede and Bishop Onyeudo set the Aba club on the route to a big win.

Substitute Emeka Nwanna completed the rout on 56 minutes as Enyimba maintain their record of a clean sheet at home this season.

The People's Elephant are now top of the NPFL table on 45 points, same as second-placed Kano Pillars and Bayelsa United in third position but have a superior goal difference.

Kano Pillars surrendered their table-topping position following a 0-2 loss at the Dan Anyiam Stadium to Heartland.

A goal in each half from Happy Okuoka and Bright Ejike gave Heartland a comfortable win and helped them out of the bottom four.

Wikki Tourists made Sharks work for the points in Port Harcourt.

Ezeoha Okereke opened score on 26 minutes for the Blue Angels but Ibrahim Shuaibu levelled things for Wikki just six minutes into the restart before Thompson Stowe converted a late penalty to give Sharks a 2-1 win.

Wikki now drop back into the bottom four.

Second half goals from Raphael Musa and Osaguona Ighodaro helped 3SC overcome El-Kanemi. The Ibadan club are just temporarily out of the drop zone and will need to string up some decent results to escape relegation.

A Kelvin Njoku own goal 10 minutes into the second half was enough for ABS to earn the full points against Akwa United.

Ichull Lordson then blew the chance of scoring a second goal for ABS when he failed to convert a spot kick.

Enugu Rangers had to comeback from a goal down to defeat Lobi Stars 2-1 after Joshua Abanyi had opened score for the away team after 15 minutes through a brilliant interchange of passes.

A brace of goals from Christian Obiozor on 40 and 50 minutes earned Rangers all points in the contest.

Kwara United were poor on the day against Nembe City and fell 0-2 at the Samson Siasia Stadium.

City's goals came from impressive left-back Jonathan Zikiye and striker Ebitimi Agogu.

But the eye-catching performers of the day were Musa Najare and Victor Namo who scored hat-tricks for Warri Wolves and Nasarawa United respectively.

Nasarawa United took Dolphins to the cleaners winning 4-0 with Namo netting his treble in 79 minutes while Habu Mohammed's goal was sandwiched among the hat-trick of goals.

But Nasarawa United still remain in the bottom four in spite of the big win.

On the other hand, Wolves ran over Kaduna United 4-0. Najare's three goals came in the second, 26th and 78th minute while Oghenekaro Etebo got his solitary strike on 29 minutes.

One game between Sunshine Stars and Bayelsa United will be played on Thursday after heavy rain forced it to be moved from its original schedule for Wednesday.

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