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Football | Nigeria

Maiduguri hosts the big game

The Matchday 4 game in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) between El-Kanemi Warriors and Bayelsa United produced some breath-taking football under very harsh weather conditions in Maiduguri.

Enugu Rangers, Enyimba and Sunshine Stars came close to securing wins on the road until late goals denied them.

A total of 18 goals were scored on this matchday, averaging 1.8 goal(s) per game. rounds up all the mid-week games as they happened.

El-Kanemi 2-2 Bayelsa United

The impressive Uche Ihuarulam scored twice inside the opening 50 minutes of this game as Bayelsa United stunned their hosts. El-Kanemi head coach, Zachary Bajare, who opted to leave out some of his experienced players among them Ibrahim Babale would Haruna Babalo to thank.

Babalo's brace inside the last 30 minutes of the match ensured that the spoils were shared between both teams as Bayelsa United now sit in fifth spot.

Wikki Tourists 2-0 Akwa United

This win was enough for the Tourists to climb out of the bottom of the log for the first time in three matchdays. Alaba Johnson and Bolaji Sakin got the goals for the hosts against Akwa United.

Kwara United 1-0 Heartland

Kwara United under Samson Unuanel continue to impress and Najeem Olukokun got the winning goal against Heartland, who are still without a win on the road in four years and 22 days in the top flight. Kwara United are currently fourth on eight points.

Kano Pillars 2-0 3SC

Super Eagles' striker, Gambo Mohammed, was the man who stole the show in this game with his positional play, pace and precision. He scored a goal in each half to help Kano Pillars go top of the pile on nine points in a week the club had two of their top stars, Papa Idris and Gabriel Reuben, joining Scottish club, Kilmarnock FC on long-term contracts.

Lobi Stars 1-0 ABS

Joshua Abanyi's goal on 26 minutes was enough to ensure that Lobi are in the top half of the log and three points within touching distance of table-topping Kano Pillars.

Dolphins 1-1 Sunshine Stars

Former Enugu Rangers' forward, Fred Okwara, saved Dolphins the embarrassment of a home defeat when his strike cancelled out Ajani Ibrahim's first half goal. Sunshine Stars are second in the standings on eight points while Dolphins are in 16th spot.

Gombe United 2-0 Sharks

Sharks continued their poor start to the season losing 0-2 at Gombe United. First half goals from John Kim and Bishop Onyeudo. The win lifts Gombe United to eighth place and Sharks are now bottom of the log.

Warri Wolves 0-0 Nasarawa United

Wolves were expected to win this game after taking points at Enugu Rangers in the previous matchday. Instead it was Nasarawa United that put up some stoic defending to take away with them a point. Wolves are one of the two teams this term without a win. El-Kanemi are the other.

Kaduna United 1-1 Enugu Rangers

Chinedu Sunday Udeagha shot Rangers in front in this game but Ibrahim Lawal denied the Flying Antelopes the full points. Rangers are third on the log.

Nembe City 1-1 Enyimba

After a first half with no goals, former Sunshine Stars' man, Ukeyima Akombo put Enyimba in front at the Samson Siasia Stadium in Yenagoa. But Uche Ugochukwu converted late from the spot to save Nembe City from a second home loss this term.


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