-6.6 C
New York
Saturday, January 8, 2022

NPFL: Rangers win to mount pressure on Kwara Utd as Lobi Stars survive Plateau United’s scare

Rangers International defeated bottom placed Adamawa United 1-0 to pile on the pressure on NPFL leaders Kwara United, who barely held on to top spot after a scoreless draw at home with Heartland.

Both Kwara United and Rangers have 27 points from 15 matches, but the Kwara team stay top by virtue of their better goals difference.

However, the Flying Antelopes needed a late goal by Chinonso Ebekwe to subdue Adamawa United at the Cathedral in Enugu.

Abia Warriors continued their resurgence with a 4-1 thrashing of Kano Pillars at home.

A brace by Obioma Chukwuemeka (34th and 59th) and a goal each by Godwin Obaje (21st) and Daniel Wotlai (83rd) was enough to send Pillars crumbling despite Nyima Nwagua’s consolatory goal in the 37th minute.

Following the defeat, Pillars immediately dropped from second to third as Enugu Rangers earned a hard fought 1-0 win over hard fighting Adamawa United to move to second.

Obioma Chukwuemeka grabbed a brace with Godwn Obaje and Daniel Wotlai also getting among the goals.The Umuahia club are now 10th on the table with 20 points.

Lobi Stars beat Plateau United 3-2 to climb to ninth in the standings with 22 points at the Aper Aku stadium.

The victory is coming few days after abysmal performances forced the vice-chairman of the club, Mike Idoko to leave the Makurdi based side.

Abia Warriors distributes palliatives items to supporters club

After a barren first half, diminutive Douglas Achiv opened scoring for Lobi Stars in the 47th minute, Austin Ogunye doubled the lead from the spot in the 56th minute before Jimoh Oni made it three after 10 minutes.

Undaunted by the looming defeat, Plateau United kept fighting till Mohammed Zulkifilu reduced the deficit in the 70th minute.

And in the third minute of second half added time, Zulkifilu stepped forward again to score from the spot to close proceedings at 3-2.

Plateau United ended with 10 men following the straight red card to their goalkeeper Chinedu Anozie when he was adjudged to have illegally stopped Jimoh Oni’s goal bound move in the 88th minute.

There was also a home win for Dakkada to worsen Katsina United relegation problems.

Katsina remain 17th on the NPFL table with 15 points, two points from safety.

The other match between Sunshine Stars and Nasarawa United in Akure was said to be disrupted by irate fans and will be concluded this morning by 8am.

The first half of the match ended goalless.


Kwara Utd 0-0 Heartland.

Abia Warriors 4-1 K’Pillars

Sunshine 0-0 Nasarawa

Wikki 1-0 Warri Wolves

Rangers 1-0 Adamawa

Lobi 3-2 Plateau Utd

IfeanyiUbah 0-0 Rivers Utd

Dakkada 1-0 Katsina Utd

I'm an avid and seasoned sports/ multimedia journalist. I have a biased love for Real Madrid and passionate advocate for the overall growth of the Nigeria Sports Project. I can be reached on 09077894123 or/and '[email protected]'

Related Articles


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Stay Connected

- Advertisement -spot_img

Latest Articles

Notice: ob_end_flush(): failed to send buffer of zlib output compression (0) in /home/thesport/public_html/wp-includes/functions.php on line 5107