NPL: Enyimba Falter in Title Chase, Rangers Down 3SC

02 Apr 2012

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Sunday Mba of Warri Wolves is marked by Moses James Sunday in Ijebu-Ode


Enyimba failed to consolidate top place in the NPL after they were held to a 1-1 draw at home by Akwa United Sunday.

Enyimba slipped to second position after closest rivals Rangers won 3-2 at home against Shooting Stars.

'The People's Elephant' thus have 31 points, while Rangers moved back to the NPL summit on 32 points.

Onyekachi Okoye scored for Enyimba, while Eboh equalised for Akwa United.

Enyimba coach Abdul Maikaba said they were unlucky not to have won the game.

"It was a good game, in fact our best display in recent times, but we are unlucky not to have won the game because we could not convert a lot of chances we created as Akwa converted their only chance of the match. We have to start thinking about our next game," Makaiba told

Akwa United chairman, Isang Isong said that his boys’ determination got them the result at Enyimba.

"After the home draw, we talked and the boys were determined to get good results outside which they did against Enyimba,” said the top team official.

“We have good team and we have been doing our best to motivate them. We pay their salaries and bonuses as at when due."

Rangers toppled Enyimba at the top of the NPL table after they edged past hard fighting 3SC at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium in Enugu 3-2 while Enyimba failed to beat Akwa United.

Rangers took the lead through Chikeluba Ofoedu in the 29th minute, which 3SC players protested on the account that he committed a foul by pulling down a defender before he slotted home.

Razak Adegbite made it two for ‘The Flying Antelopes’.

Talabi Olumakinde pulled a goal back before substitute Sunday Chinedu made it 3-1 only for Olumakinde to score a game soon after.

Sunshine Stars shared the spoils at home with Warri Wolves on the back of a 1-1 draw.

Sunshine captain, Godfrey Oboabona opened scoring through a free kick on 12th minutes. He has scored six goals so far.

Defender, Gabriel Ikechukwu equalised for Wolves in the 27th minute.

Dolphin stopped Kano Pillars 1-0 with a goal in stoppage time, which Pillars officials took an exception to, saying the game was played for 102 minutes.

Sharks are back to winning ways after they upstaged hosts Heartland in Calabar courtesy Gomo Onduku's 85th minute goal.

Onduku went past three defenders before he fired home.

In Ilorin, Kwara United compounded the woes of bottom team Rising Stars with a 2-0 home win.

Kabiru Sanusi and Barnabas Imenger scored in the 34th and 86th minutes, respectively, to give ‘The Afonja Warriors’ the maximum three points.

Kabiru Sanusi said he hopes to score more goals.

He said, "I thank Allah for the goal and the victory. I hope for more as the league continue."

ABS continued their impressive run as they went nine games unbeaten after they trounced relegation-troubled Jigawa Golden Stars 3-0.

Andrew Abalogu scored a brace in the 27th and 40th minutes, before Akeem Audu wrapped it up with an 89th minute strike.

ABS team manager, Aloy Chukwuemeka said they are back to their best.

"We are back to our best. We want to remain unbeaten as long as possible," he said.

It was Daniel Etor who salvaged a point for Niger Tornadoes as they played a 1-1 draw with Lobi Stars in Minna.

Emma Ajia scored for Lobi after half an hour of action.

Lobi captain Ikpeen Terna said: "It was a good result for us and we will do well to move ourselves away from the danger zone."

Kaduna United pipped Ocean Boys by a lone goal.

The victory was made possible by Sunday Johnson, who broke the deadlock on dot of 90 minutes to send the Kaduna fans into wild jubilation.

Gombe United were 1-0 winner over local rivals Wikki Tourists in Gombe.

Right back Simon Timothy got the winning goal in the first period.

Gombe technical adviser Bernard Ogbe said the absence of top scorer Mustapha Babadidi affected the team but they are adjusting to the reality of him not be around for some time.

"We are missing Babadidi no doubt, even Sanusi (Sani) just returned after being on the sidelines for three weeks,” he said.

“We are adjusting to the reality of Babadidi not being around. For now we don't know when he will return, they say he will be back in one month or there about."

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