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NPFL wrap-up: Nasarawa grab vital win as Akwa Utd fumble in Rivers

NPFL wrap-up: Nasarawa grab vital win as Akwa Utd fumble in Rivers
July 18
21:46 2021

A total of 20 goals were scored in the Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL) games played on Sunday. 

TheCable looks at how teams fared across various venues on matchday 33 as proceedings get intense at both ends of the league.

Nassarawa United 1-0 MFM FC

Nasarawa United heckled the gap at the top of the log to three points following a slim yet vital victory over Mountain of Fire FC in Lafia. The winning goal came off the boots of Silas Nwankwo in the 18th minute.

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Rivers United 1-1 Akwa United

Rivers United halted the cantering brilliance of Akwa United in Port Harcourt. After Charles Atshimene put the away team ahead in the 53rd minute, the home team delivered a late salvo through Bamba Bakary in the 87th minute to peg the high-flying Kenedy Boboye-tutored side.

Enyimba 2-1 Jigawa Golden Stars

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Enyimba had to dig deep to wrestle victory from the jaws of defeat at the Aba Township stadium. Jigawa Golden Stars led into halftime courtesy of a Sunny Bature’s strike. Immediately the second half began, the People’s Elephants responded through a Rueben Bala strike. Still, the winning goal didn’t arrive until the 87th minute when Omoyele Tosin finished the comeback for the Fatai Osho-led side.

Kano Pillars 2-0 Dakkada FC

Rabiu Ali and David Odenigbo goals in the 38th and 40th minute respectively were enough to reinforce Kano Pillars superiority over Dakkada FC.

Warri Wolves 1-0 Kwara United

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Rueben Williams’ 48th-minute goal is the difference between Warri Wolves and Kwara United.

Plateau United 4-0 Ifeanyi Ubah

Plateau United whitewashed Ifeanyi Ubah by fours goals in Jos. Goals from Oche Ochowechi, Zulkifilu Mohammed and Uche Onwuansanya created a humiliating margin between the two teams.

Heartland 2-1 Enugu Rangers

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It was a quick fire first-half in Owerri as Mboama Chijioke put the home team ahead in the 11th minute. Rangers replied via Elijah Ani in the 24th minute. Chijioke Akuneto then restored Heartland’s lead 7 minutes later. Rangers couldn’t muster a response as the host ran away with the lead.

Adamawa United 0-0 Sunshine Stars

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It was a stalemate in Adamawa as Sunshine Stars continued their resurgence after disastrous outings throughout the earliest part of the season.

Katsina United 1-1 Lobi Stars

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Lobi Stars earned a vital point in Katsina to keep them rooted in the league’s top half. They raced to the lead in the 6th minute through a Samuel Tiza goal, but the home side replied in the 33rd minute via Rasheed Ahmed. Lobi remained resolute and managed to ground out a draw.

Wikki Tourists 1-0 Abia Warriors

Ibrahim Sale’s 56th-minute goal is the difference between the two sides as Wikki Tourists recorded their 10th victory of the season.

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