Rivers United have returned to the summit of the Nigeria league after they beat Akwa United by a lone goal yesterday courtesy of a fourth minute strike by on-form Bernard Ovoke. It was Ovoke’s fifth goal of the season.
The Port Harcourt club now have 34 points from 19 matches, while erstwhile leaders Rangers will only play tomorrow night against regional rivals Heartland.
In other matches played yesterday, Nasarawa United beat Lobi 2-1, Heartland and Plateau United played out a goalless draw and troubled Shooting Stars defeated Abia Warriors 2-0.
Meanwhile Coach Sam Okpodu had something to cheer him up when his bottom club Ikorodu United pipped his former club Warri Wolves.
Former international Okpodu was assistant coach when Wolves finished runners-up last season, but he failed to stay put at his hometown club this term after a pay dispute.
His immediate task now is to ensure Ikorodu United are not relegated in their debut season in the top flight.
Fatai Oluwadayo’s well-taken free kick goal after 42 minutes proved to be the match winner for Ikorodu United on the day.
The Lagos club swarmed over their visitors from the first whistle and deserved their fourth win of the season.
They move away from the bottom of the table with 16 points from 19 matches.