NPFL: Lobi Moves out of Drop Zone with Defeat of MFM

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Duro Ikhazuagbe

Bashiru Monsuru denied his former club MFM FC the opportunity of leaving Makurdi with a point from the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) rescheduled Match-day 3 clash with Lobi Stars yesterday.

That win has now brought some respite to champion Lobi who have leapt from the near bottom of the Group A table to sixth spot with 11 points from six matches. They have four more outstanding matches to catch up with the rest teams in the group.

Monsuru who who joined Lobi Stars from the Olukoya Boys during the mid-season break last term, scored the winning goal for the hosts 20 minutes from time.

Former Enyimba midfielder Dare Ojo gave Lobi Stars the lead in the 16th minute with a trademark long-range effort which sailed past MFM’s debutant goalkeeper Olatunji Odekunle.

Group A leaders MFM however drew level in the 28th minute through Chijioke Akuneto who tapped home Michael Ohanu’s cross after a good counter-attacking move.

However, despite the defeat, MFM FC remains top of the Group with 18 points from 9 matches and will face Bendel Insurance in their next league game at the Agege Stadium on Sunday.

Lobi Stars meanwhile will face Ivorian side ASEC Mimosas in their final CAF Champions League group game in Enugu on Sunday having no chance of progressing to the next round of the competition.

The NPFL will resume from the election break this weekend with week 10 matches across different centres in the country.

RESCHEDULED MATCHES

RESULT (Match-day 3)

Lobi Stars 2-1 MFM FC

March 20

Sunshine vs Lobi Stars (MD 10)

Katsina Utd vs MFM FC (MD 9)

April 3

Rangers vs Lobi Stars (MD 7)

April 10

Wikki vs Lobi Stars (MD 9)

MATCH DAY 11

(Sunday, March 17th)

GROUP A

Wikki vs Rivers Utd

Remo vs Rangers

Tornadoes vs Lobi stars

Katsina Utd vs Kwara Utd

Sunshine vs Enyimba

MFM FC vs Insurance FC

GROUP B

Yobe Stars vs Go-Round

Kada City vs Nasarawa

Abia Warriors vs Plateau utd

Ifeanyi Ubah vs Kano Pillars

Heartland FC vs Akwa Utd

Elkanemi vs Gombe Utd