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Plateau Utd’s lead cut to two points

Plateau United suffered a set-back in their quest to emerge champions of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) on Sunday as they lost 0-1 to Niger Tornadoes at the Confluence Stadium, Lokoja.

Samuel Agba converted a fourth-minute penalty for the hosts to send Kennedy Boboye’s charges back to Jos empty handed.

United still remain top of the NPFL table with 51 points from 29 matches but their lead over the chasing pack has been cut to just two points after MFM FC won 1-0 over Wikki Tourists at the Agege Stadium, Lagos.

Stephen Odey scored the decisive goal for MFM and he is now the clear leader in the top goal scorers’ charts with 17 strikes.

Akwa United moved into the continental places after a brilliant 3-0 win at home to Gombe United.

All three goals of the hosts were scored in a frantic second half with Musa Newman, Alhassan Ibrahim and Christian Pyagbara providing the vital contributions to send the home faithful at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium, Uyo into raptures.

El-Kanemi Warriors are fourth, with goals difference separating them and the fluid-playing Akwa in the race for the continental places.

The Maiduguri club won 1-0 against Abia Warriors courtesy of a penalty converted by in the 30th minute by Matthais Samuel.

Head coach of El-Kanemi Warriors, Ladan Bosso described the win as "easy".

“This was one of the easiest games we have played this season,” he told supersport.com.

“My goalkeeper was on holidays for the most part and it was not as difficult as the games we played (in Maiduguri) against clubs like Plateau United and Rivers United,” he said.

There was a five-goal free-for-all in Makurdi with Lobi Stars relying on an 84th minute Uchenna Eze strike to win by the odd goal in five at the Aper Aku Stadium against a spirited Remo Stars battling to survive the drop.

FC Ifeanyiubah had last season’s top scorer, Godwin Obaje to thank for his well-taken goal – the winner – in their 1-0 win over seven-time champions, Enyimba in Nnewi while Rivers United claimed the day’s only draw away from home with a spirited display against Ilorin against ABS FC as their encounter finished 0-0.

Sunshine Stars failed to build on their 4-2 success against ABS on Matchday 28 as they suffered a shock 0-1 reverse to Nasarawa United at the Dipo Dina Stadium in Ijebu-Ode.

It was their fourth home loss of the campaign and set the alarm bells well and truly ringing as they are just above the drop zone, only as a function of goals scored.

Shooting Stars climbed away from the relegation zone as Wasiu Jimoh fired in the match winner just before half time as the ‘Oluyole Warriors’ overcame Katsina United 1-0 at the Lekan Salami Stadium, Ibadan.

Four-time champions, Kano Pillars won 2-0 against the reigning kings, Enugu Rangers at the Sani Abacha Stadium, Kano with Jamiu Alimi and Junior Lokosa producing the goods for ‘Sai Masu Gida.’

Rangers remain in trouble as they drop into the relegation zone.

It was indeed a compelling Matchday 29 which produced one scoreless draw, an away win, eight home victories and 16 goals.


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