NPFL…NPFL…NPFL… Wikki Piles Pressure on Flying Antelopes

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Wikki Tourists yesterday moved into second place on the Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL) table after a 3-0 spanking of bottom team Ikorodu United in Bauchi.
Wikki now have 31 points, same as Rivers United, but enjoy a superior goals difference.
The Bauchi club is just a point behind leaders Rangers, pending the final determination of the expulsion of Giwa FC from the league.
The leading scorer in the league Godwin Obaje did not score for Wikki yesterday, but Saidu Abdullahi got a brace with Hamza Tiya also on target for the home team.
There were also home wins for Warri Wolves and Lobi Stars.
Wolves beat El Kanemi 3-1, while 10-man Lobi pipped Rivers United 1-0.

Lobi defender Solomon Kwambe was sent off after his second booking and Rivers United had the chance to draw level at the stroke of full time but Chinonso Okonkwo blasted wide his penalty.

Meanwhile, Rivers United coach, Stanley Eguma, has warned that it is too early in the campaign to start talking of his club winning the Nigeria league crown.
Rivers United failed to go top of the table after the loss to Lobi as the league reaches the halfway mark.
However, experienced coach Eguma insisted the journey to the championship is still a long way off.
“Talking about us winning the title at this stage of the season is an insult to all the other teams in the league,” he maintained.
“It is still too early to start talking about such things because we have not even got to the half way stage of the season.
“There are still so many games to be played, but our objectives are clear to us.
“We will continue working hard and taking things one game at a time.”
Eguma is still without first choice defenders, Yaovi Douhadji and Chigozie Ihunda, while Ghanaian marksman Godbless Asamoah, who suffered a hamstring strain in midweek, did not travel to Makurdi.
Ivorian star Guy Kuemian however made a welcome return to first-team action when he played for the first time since April 10 in Wednesday’s 1-0 win over Akwa United in Port Harcourt.
Eguma also said his side was the underdogs in yesterday’s match in Makurdi.
Rivers United has won four of their last six games.

MATCH DAY 19
Plateau Utd 0-0 Pillars
Lobi 1-0 Rivers Utd
Wikki 3-0 Ikorodu
Akwa Utd 2-0 3SC
Wolves 3-1 El Kanemi
Abia War’ 1-2  Sunshine