Gbenga Ogunbote masterminded a 3-0 win for Shooting Stars Sports Club (3SC) over Federation Cup holders, Akwa United on his return as manager after short stint at Giwa FC this season.
Adetunji Sunday headed in Ajani Ibrahim’s cross in the 17th minute to put 3SC ahead.
Ibrahim made it 2-0 just before half-time and Adetunji completed the rout on the hour mark to move 3SC to 18th in the table with 20 points.
Niger Tornadoes defeated big-spending FC IfeanyiUbah 2-1 with substitute Usman Bashir getting the opening goal in the 53rd minute.
In Akure, Sunshine Stars and Abia Warriors played a 1-1 draw.
Rasaq Adegbite’s header put the hosts in front on 57 minutes, but Abia Warriors were level in the 74th minute as Emmanuel Olowo scored from a goalmouth scramble.
Rivers United defeated Lobi Stars 1-0 in Port Harcourt through Christian Weli’s 79th minute header to move up to second place on 34 points, while Kano Pillars edged Plateau United 1-0 in Kano. Pillars are third with 32 points.
Wikki Tourists kept their place at the top of the Nigeria Professional Football League with a 1-0 win at struggling Ikorodu United on Sunday.
Ikorodu United continue to find themselves drifting deeper into relegation in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) after losing 0-1 at home to Wikki Tourists on Sunday.
It was the second home loss for the Oga Boys and the 12th this season for the Lagos club.
Ikorodu Utd gave starting debuts to new-signings goalkeeper Richard Ocheayi, Anayo ThankGod, Gbenga Okoro, Uche Gold and Rahmon Olarenwaju.
It was the Tourists who stole the show at the death when Idris Guda Mohammed scored the winner on 85 minutes to ensure his side do the double on the Oga Boys this season.
Wikki stay top of the pile with 34 points while Ikorodu United remain in 19th spot on 13 points after 19 matches.
In Owerri, Enugu Rangers continued the hunt for their first NPFL title with a shock 2-1 victory over Eastern rivals Heartland, their first win in Owerri in years.
Julius Ubido gave Heartland the lead in the 12th minute through a freekick, but Rangers were level within five minutes as Udeagha profited from Osas Okoro’s freekick to slide home.
Substitute Chisom Egbuchulam scored his ninth goal of the season and Rangers’ winner in the second half from the penalty spot after Bobby Clement had been brought down. The victory lifted Rangers to fourth spot in the NPFL table with 32 points.
Match Day 20 results
Kano Pillars 1-0 Plateau Utd
Ikorodu Utd 0-1 Wikki
Heartland 1-2 Rangers
Sunshine Stars 1-1 Abia Warriors
Shooting Stars 3-0 Akwa Utd
Rivers Utd 1-0 Lobi
Nasarawa Utd 2-1 Enyimba
Tornadoes 2-1 FC Ifeanyiubah
El-Kanemi 2-0 Wolves