Lobi extends lead as Akwa, Katsina, Nasarawa also win
Lobi Stars has created a six-point lead at the summit with a hard earned victory over four-time champions, Kano Pillars in their Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) matchday 18 clash at the Aper Aku Stadium in Makurdi, reports frontpixs.com.
Former Enyimba and Sunshine Stars attacking midfielder, Ayo Saka scored the match winner for the Pride of Benue in the 81st minute of the hotly contested clash just after the Pyramid City side’s player, Chris Madaki received a red card in the clash in the 80th minute.
Elsewhere, top-flight newcomers, Katsina United powered to the second spot on the log with a 1-0 win over 10-man El Kanemi Warriors at the Mahammadu Dikko Stadium in Katsina.
Destiny Ashadi scored from the penalty spot in the 53rd minute to hand the Chanji Boys the whole three points at stake in the clash.The Borno Army man, Aliyu Rasak was issued with the marching order in the 87th minute.Nasarawa United maximised its home advantage as it piped visiting side, Abia Warriors 1-0 at the Lafia City Stadium with Mohammed Shammasu scoring the winner in the 30th minute.
Ifeanyi Inyam scored the match opener for the Promise Keepers in the 40th minute, while Franklin Sasere evened scores for the Owena Waves in the 47th minute before former Remo Stars marksman, Victor Mbaoma grabbed the winner for the Uyo landlords in the 88th minute.Niger Tornadoes made its home advantage count with 1-0 win over newcomers, Yobe Desert Stars at the Bako Kontagora Stadium in Minna with Andrew Ikefe getting the match winner for the Ikoh Allah Boys in the 90th minute.
Desert Stars’ Buhari Mohammed was sent off in the 75th minute.Kwara United shared the spoils 1-1 with fellow newcomers, Go Round FC at the Kwara State Stadium in llorin.
Alfred Stephen put the Harmony Boys in front in the 16th minute, while the Omoku side achieved parity through Chidi Nwachukwu in the 76th minute.
Wikki Tourists ended its encounter with Enyimba goalless at its adopted ground in Jos, just as the oriental derby between FC IfeanyiUbah and Enugu Rangers ended barren at the FC IfeanyiUbah Stadium in Nnewi.
The two other top-flight clashes involving bottom side, Heartland and champions, Plateau will hold today at the Dan Anyiam Stadium in Owerri, just as the Agege Stadium in Lagos will see MFM FC clash with visitors, Rivers United.