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NPFL: Rangers, Enyimba fall as MFM closes in on Plateau

by Chidera Akalonu

Kano Pillars Sunday evening in Kano compounded the woes of League Champions Enugu Rangers this season with a 2-0 defeat on matchday 29 of the Nigeria Professional Football League.

Jamiu Alimi inflicted the injury on the Flying Antelopes with his two first half goals in the 33rd and 44rd minutes respectively.

FC Ifeanyi Ubah managed a slim 1-0 victory over Enyimba International in the Oriental derby in Nnewi.

Godwin Obaje was the hero for IfeanyiUbah after scoring in the 50th minute to give his side their second win in their last five games.

Table-toppers Plateau United suffered a setback in their quest to win this season’s league title as they lost 1-0 away to Niger Tornadoes.

A fourth minute penalty converted by Samuel Agba sealed the win for Tornadoes.

Despite the defeat, Plateau United remain on top of the NPFL table with 51 points.

In Lagos, MFM FC  narrowed down Plateau United’s lead to just two points following a hard-fought 1-0 win against Wikki Tourist  in Agege. MFM’s goal was scored by league top scorer Stephen Odey who now has  17 goals to his credit this season.

Odey scored in the 40th minute to give MFM the win and also take them to 49 points to maintain their second spot on the log.

In Uyo, Akwa United moved up to third on 46 points in the league table after thrashing Gombe United 3-0.

After a goalless first half, Musa Newman broke the deadlock in the 57th minute to put Akwa United 1-0 up.

Home-based Super Eagles forward Ibrahim Alhassan made it 2-0 from the penalty spot on 75 minutes to take his goal tally to 12, before Christian Pyagbara completed the scoring with an 83rd minute goal.

In Maiduguri, El-Kanemi Warriors continued their chase for the league title as they edged Abia Warriors 1-0.

Samuel Mathias got the only goal for El-Kanemi in the 31st minute as his side moved to fourth on 46 points in the league table.

In Ibadan, Shooting Stars gave their push for survival a big boost by beating Katsina United 1-0.

Wasiu Jimoh got Shooting Stars’ goal in the 44th minute.

In other matchday 29 games on Sunday, Nasarawa United got the only away win by shocking Sunshine Stars 1-0 in Ijebu-Ode, Remo Stars’ relegation troubles deepened following their 3-2 loss away to Lobi and ABS were held to a 0-0 draw by Rivers United.

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