Abia Warriors maintain unbeaten run against Heartland

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By Olusola ‘Jide @jide_olusola

The Match Day 7 of the abridged Nigeria Professional Football League on Wednesday experienced another round of football action across the nation.

Abia Warriors played host to Heartland in the Match Day 7 of the abridged Nigeria Professional Football League at the Umuahia Township Stadium on Wednesday.

Samson Obi scored the only goal of the game in the 25th minute of the encounter with a 25 yard volley to win the game for Abia Warriors.

Heartland who have never beaten Warriors in the last 7 league meetings were out of sorts to fashion ways to contain the home side.

At the FC IfeanyiUbah International stadium, the Anambra Warriors bounced back with a 2-0 victory over Gombe United.

The Desert Scorpions as Gombe are known were a stubborn side who thwarted every effort of the home side to score.

They held their grounds but succumbed to the pressure when in the 73rd minute, Ikenna Cooper scored off a Chinonso Udeh corner kick just as Nonso Nzediegwu helped secure all three points with a very late goal.

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In Kaduna, Kada City stunned El-Kanemi Warriors with a 2-1 comeback. Warriors’ Abubakar Umar opened scoring in the 16th minute to shock the home side.

In the 69th minute, Kada was awarded a penalty kick which was wasted by Kabir Sanusi but Anayo Iwuala was at the right place to equalise from a rebound.

Sanusi redeemed himself right at the death to score the winner to secure all for the Kaduna based team who are making their debut in the top flight division for the first time.

At Oshogbo Township Stadium, the South West Derby between Remo Stars and MFM Fc ended in a 1-0 victory for the Olukoya Boys through Adeniji Kabir who tapped in Joshua Abah’s low cross in the 13th minute of the encounter.

It was a different ball game at the Yakubu Gowon Stadium, formerly known as the Liberation stadium where Rivers United dropped points for the first time at home this season after playing a goalless draw against Kwara United who secured their second point on the road.

The Pride of Rivers threw everything they had in their arsenal but Kwara’s defence led by Andrew Ikefe were brilliantly resolute.

In Omoku, Kano Pillars were shocked as they lost 2-1 to Go Round FC. In the 33rd minute, Akaba Otega opened scoring. However, just before the first half ended, Rabiu Ali’s equalised for Pillars from a deflected freekick.

In the 51st minute, Adeseun Adelani stunned the former champions with the second goal which was enough to win the game.

With these results, MFM FC lead Group A with 12 points while Rivers are second with 9 points with both having a game outstanding. Kwara United, Remo Stars, Lobi Stars and Niger Tornadoes occupy the last four positions.

In Group B, Ifeanyi Ubah lead the pack with 14 points from seven games with Heartland right on their heels with 12 points. Akwa United and Gombe United who both are on 5 points sit tightly at the base of the league table.

 

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