Monday, June 4, 2018 6:55 am
MFM Football Club on Sunday stunned hosts FC IfeanyiUbah 1-0 in Nnewi as they recorded the only away win of Match Day 23 in the 2017/2018 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL).
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Balogun Alade grabbed the winner in the 59th minute to end the Lagos side’s two-game losing run.
The result meant they moved from 16th to an impressive 11th position with 30 points on the NPFL 20-club table, while FC IfeanyiUbah slipped to the 15th spot.
At the Lafia Township Stadium, Nasarawa United edged out Enyimba International FC of Aba 4-3 in a highly entertaining encounter.
Nasarawa United’s captain Emmanuel Makama grabbed a brace from the penalty spot during the game, while Nojeem Olukokun and Micheal Okoyoh got the other goals for the home team.
Abdulrahman Bashir, Chinedu Udeagha and Freedom Omofoman were all on target for Enyimba.
Lobi Stars continued their chase for a first NPFL title with a comfortable 3-0 win against Yobe Desert Stars at the Aper Aku Stadium.
Veteran forward David Tyavkase, Augustine Ogunye and Cletus Itodo were all on target for the Makurdi club in the encounter.
The hosts were reduced to 10 men late in the first half after top scorer Samad Kadiri was sent off for elbowing Yobe Desert Stars’ Babatunde Solomon.
Solomon Ogbeide’s men sit at the top of the standings with 43 points, while the visiting side dropped to just a spot above the relegation area on 16th position.
Akwa United moved to the second position on 38 points following a 2-0 home win against Niger Tornadoes in Uyo.
The Promise Keepers got their goals courtesy of Paul Obata and Gabriel Wassa in the 19th and 46th minutes respectively.
The Minna-based clubside slipped to the sixth position on 34 points.
Kano Pillars dropped to the third position after they held hosts Abia Warriors to a 0-0 draw in Umuahia, while the hosts are on the seventh spot in the NPFL log,
Champions Plateau United went down in a 1-0 defeat at El-Kanemi Warriors in Maiduguri.
Sunday Anthony netted the winning goal a minute after the hour mark to move the Maiduguri side to 13th position, while Plateau United dropped to fifth.
Former champions Rangers International lost 0-1 to hosts Katsina United at the Muhammadu Dikko Stadium with Destiny Ashadi scoring the only goal of the game on the half hour mark.
Rangers finished the game with 10 players after defender Pape Ousmane was sent off nine minutes from the end for dissent.
The result saw Katsina United moving to the fourth position, while the Enugu-based side dropped to 10th on the log.
In Port Harcourt, Sunshine Stars still deeply rooted in the relegation zone boosted their survival hopes by holding Rivers United to a goalless draw.
The hosts remained in the eighth spot on 33 points.
Bottom club Heartland beat fellow relegation strugglers Go Round FC 1-0 in Owerri through Zeidine Ahimeye’s strike.
Wikki Tourists recorded a 1-0 win against Kwara United, with Ocheme Edoh netting the decisive goal in the 11th minute to move the Bauchi-based clubside to the 14th spot.
The Ilorin-based clubside still languish in the relegation zone in the 17th position.
A total of 17 goals were scored in the 10 matches played, with seven home wins, two goalless draws and an away win recorded.