NPFL: Akwa win high-stakes game against Lobi, Rangers hold firm to top spot

NPFL24 – MD 33 Results

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Plateau United 0-0 Niger Tornadoes
Rivers United 4-1 Sporting Lagos
Abia Warriors 0-1 Enyimba
Kwara United 3-2 Remo Stars
Katsina United 2-2 Shooting Stars
Kano Pillars 3-1 Doma United
Sunshine Stars 0-0 Bendel Insurance
Lobi Stars 1-2 Akwa United
Rangers 3-0 Bayelsa
Heartland 3-0 Gombe United

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The Nigeria Premier Football League (NPFL) returned after a one-month hiatus with thrilling games across various match centers.

With only six games remaining in the season, teams battled fiercely for points with match-day 33 providing a lot of excitement.

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Photo by Remo Stars

In Lafia, it was the Suleiman Sani show as the youngster scored twice to give Akwa United a significant boost in their fight against relegation.

Sani opened the scoring in the 22nd minute with an instinctive finish from a cross by Ubong Friday, tormenting the Lobi Stars backline throughout the game.

Suleiman Sani steals the show in Lafia

Sani’s second goal was a stunning solo effort. In the 75th minute, he received the ball in Lobi's half, waltzed his way into the box, beat two defenders, rounded goalkeeper Daniel Atska, and calmly slotted the ball into an empty net.

Although Abubakar Aliyu scored a late goal for Lobi Stars, Akwa United held on for the crucial win.

At the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium, Rivers United secured a comprehensive 4-1 victory over Sporting Lagos.

Captain Nyima Nwagua put the home side ahead in the 27th minute, but Sporting Lagos equalized from the penalty spot through Tochukwu just before halftime.

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In the second half, a brace from Andy Okpe firmly put Rivers United in control, and Jackson Seiyefa finished off the scoring late in the game.

In the early kickoff, Plateau United played out a goalless draw with Niger Tornadoes. In a match of few chances, Plateau United midfielder Sunday Anthony missed a penalty that would have given his side the lead.

The Minna-based team left Jos with a share of the spoils.

Remo Stars lose in five-goal spectacle

Remo Stars staged a remarkable comeback attempt but ultimately fell short in Ilorin as Kwara United secured a 3-2 victory.

The match kicked off in dramatic fashion with Wasiu Alalade scoring one of the fastest goals of the season in the very first minute.

Kwara United continued to dominate, and Isaiah Ejeh doubled their lead just before halftime, leaving Remo Stars with a significant challenge.

The situation worsened for Remo Stars when an Ahmed Akinyele own goal made it 3-0 for Kwara United early in the second half.

However, Remo Stars refused to give up and launched a spirited comeback. Togolese striker Franck Mavuena pulled one back, and Dare Ojo added another to set up a tense finish.

Despite their efforts, Kwara United held on to claim all three points.

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Remo Stars team picture – Photo by Icon sport

Rangers International extend lead with dominant win

League leaders Rangers International extended their lead at the top of the table to four points with a comprehensive 3-0 victory over Bayelsa United at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium in Enugu.

Godwin Obaje was the star of the match, scoring a brace, while Chidozie Okorie added a third to seal the win for the Flying Antelopes, who now sit on 60 points.

In Umuahia, Enyimba continued their title charge with a narrow 1-0 victory over Abia Warriors. Substitute Bernard Ovoke scored the decisive goal, ensuring that Enyimba stayed in contention for the league title.

Katsina United and Shooting Stars share spoils in thriller

An enthralling game at the Muhammadu Dikko Stadium saw hosts Katsina United and Shooting Stars play out a 2-2 draw.

Moses Effiong opened the scoring for Katsina United, but Daddy Abdulrahman and Mustapha Agba responded for Shooting Stars.

Michael Ibe's late equalizer ensured that both teams took home a point in a match filled with excitement and drama.

Kano Pillars returned to winning ways with a convincing 3-1 victory against Doma United at the Sani Abacha Stadium in Kano.

Pillars took a 2-0 lead before Usman Musa scored for Doma United.

However, goals from Ibrahim Mustapha, Ibrahim Abubakar, and Suleiman Idris secured the win for “Sai Masu Gida.”

In Akure, Sunshine Stars and Bendel Insurance played out a goalless draw, with neither side able to find the breakthrough in a tightly contested match.

Heartland FC compounded Gombe United's woes with a resounding 3-0 victory at the Awka City Stadium.

Promise Anyanwu was in excellent form, scoring twice, while Chukwudi Esobe added another to complete the rout for the Naze Millionaires.

Premier League
# Team P W D L +/- Points
1 Enugu Rangers

Enugu Rangers

36 19 7 10 20 64
2 Remo Stars

Remo Stars

36 19 5 12 14 62
3 Enyimba

Enyimba

36 18 6 12 12 60
4 Shooting Stars

Shooting Stars

36 17 8 11 14 59
5 Plateau United

Plateau United

36 18 3 15 15 57
6 Lobi Stars FC

Lobi Stars FC

36 16 7 13 3 55
7 Bendel Insurance

Bendel Insurance

36 14 11 11 6 53
8 Katsina Utd

Katsina Utd

36 14 10 12 2 52
9 Rivers United

Rivers United

36 14 8 14 5 50
10 Kano Pillars

Kano Pillars

36 14 6 16 -2 48
11 Kwara United

Kwara United

36 11 15 10 -2 48
12 Niger Tornadoes

Niger Tornadoes

36 13 9 14 -3 48
13 Abia Warriors

Abia Warriors

36 14 6 16 -5 48
14 Akwa United

Akwa United

36 13 7 16 2 46
15 Sunshine Stars FC

Sunshine Stars FC

35 11 13 11 -1 46
16 Bayelsa United

Bayelsa United

36 11 11 14 -7 44
17 Sporting Lagos

Sporting Lagos

36 11 10 15 -5 43
18 Doma United

Doma United

35 11 10 14 -13 43
19 Heartland FC

Heartland FC

36 8 11 17 -11 35
20 Gombe Utd

Gombe Utd

36 8 7 21 -50 25
NPFL: Akwa win high-stakes game against Lobi, Rangers hold firm to top spot
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