Akwa United maintained a stranglehold on the highest spot within the NPFL after their 3-0 Matchday 34 win over relegation-threatened Warri Wolves on the Godwill Akpabio Stadium. Red-hot ahead Charles Atshimene opened the scoring for the Promise Keepers after solely proper minutes from the penalty spot earlier than Ubong Friday added a second for the league leaders earlier than halftime. Atshimene headed residence from a nook earlier than the hour mark for his 14th purpose of the season as Akwa United recorded an necessary win of their quest for a first-ever NPFL title, sending them six factors away from second-place Nasarawa United.
Nasarawa United suffered a setback of their title pursuit by the hands of their neighbours Lobi Stars on the Aper Aku Stadium in Makurdi, shedding 3-2 in an eventful matchday 34 conflict. The Solid Miners took the lead by means of the league’s main scorer Silas Nwankwo simply three minutes into the sport. Samuel Mathias equalised for Lobi Stars with a luxurious free-kick earlier than Nwankwo scored his sixteenth NPFL purpose of the season within the twenty seventh minute to revive his aspect’s benefit. Mathias scored solely three minutes later to attract his aspect stage earlier than Austin Ogunye put Lobi Stars in entrance for the primary time with what turned out to be the winner three minutes earlier than halftime. Nasarawa United stay in second place on the NPFL desk regardless of their loss.
Rangers soundly defeated title-hopefuls Kano Pillars 2-0 on the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium in Enugu thanks to 2 first-half targets. Christian Nnaji headed residence the opener after simply 5 minutes earlier than Esor Archibong added a second on the half-hour mark. Rangers completed the sport with 10 males after goalkeeper Nana Bonsu was given his marching orders after 60 minutes. Pillars additionally completed with 10 males as Emmanuel Anyanwu was despatched for an early bathe within the 89th minute for a foul on Anthony Shimaga. Kano Pillars stay in third place on the NPFL log with 4 video games left within the season.
Jigawa Golden Stars moved out of the NPFL relegation zone after a shock 2-1 victory over Rivers United on the Ahmadu Bello Stadium in Kaduna. Abdullahi Lala opened the scoring for the Golden Stars after simply three minutes earlier than Bamba Bakary equalised for Rivers United with a superb freekick after 45 minutes. Lala scored the match-winner within the 58th minute as Jigawa Golden Stars picked up three very important factors that lifted them out of the relegation zone.
MFM picked up a convincing 3-1 victory over Plateau United on the Soccer Temple in Agege of their NPFL Matchday 34 encounter. Akanni Elijah scored twice to place the Church Boys 2-0 up earlier than Ibrahim Buhari pulled one again for the Peace Boys after 71 minutes. Tunde Azeez scored the third for MFM FC, restoring their two-goal cushion within the 74th minute as they appear to safe a top-half end on this season’s NPFL.
Sunshine Stars slipped again into relegation bother after a 0-0 draw with Katsina United on the Ondo State Sports Complex. The Akure Gunners at the moment are one level from security within the NPFL and wish to select up wins to be able to keep away from a drop into the NNL subsequent season.
Abia Warriors defeated Heartland 2-1 on the Okigwe Township Stadium of their NPFL Matchday 34 Oriental derby. Paul Samson and Yakub Hammed scored to place the Umuahia Landlords 2-0 up earlier than Chijioke Akuneto pulled one again for the Naze Millionaires. Abia Warriors’ win takes them three factors away from the relegation zone within the NPFL.