NPFL Reviews: Akwa United go top, Enyimba lose chance with barren draw against Insurance

The Benin Arsenals are now out of the relegation zone after the crucial home win against the table-toppers

Enyimba 0-0 Insurance

Enyimba have missed on a glorious chance of climbing to the top of the log in Group A of the Nigeria Professional Football League having settled for a disappointing barren draw against Insurance of Benin on Sunday in Aba.

The People’s Elephant were required to win against the team from Benin City at the Aba City Stadium and hope that MFM did not get a good result in Ilorin against Kwara United.

However, while MFM were beaten 1-0, Coach Usman Abd’ Allah’s men failed in their own part as they fired blanks and could only get a solitary point from the home game.

The People’s Elephant have thus dropped to the third spot with 21 points from 14 games.

Kwara United 1-0 MFM

Kwara United have avenged the defeat they suffered in the hands of MFM as they pipped the Olukoya Boys 1-0 on Sunday in their matchday 14 tie at the Kwara State Sports Complex.

The Harmony Boys were beaten 2-0 at the Agege Stadium in the reverse fixture but Shamsudeen Hashim scored the only goal that gave Kwara United crucial three points that has now taken their tally to 18 from 13 games

 

Enugu Rangers 1-0 Katsina United

Enugu Rangers have moved to the second spot on the log in Group A of the Nigeria Professional Football League after they beat Katsina United 1-0 on Sunday at Nnamdi Azikwe Stadium in Enugu.

Pascal Seka who rescued the Flying Antelopes from defeat in the reverse leg against the Changi Boys with a late equalizer got the only goal again in Sunday’s tie.

Coach Gbenga Ogunbote’s team now have 21 points but they have played just 10 games meaning that they have four games outstanding and could be moving to the top spot once they win one of their outstanding games.

 

Group B

Akwa United 2-0 Gombe United

Akwa United have moved to the top spot in Group B of the Nigeria Professional Football League after beating Gombe United 2-0 on Sunday in their matchday 14 tie in Uyo.

Late goals from Ndifreke Effiong and Wisdom Fernando sealed victory for the Promise Keepers who now have 25 points from 14 games and are topping the pool on the strength of their superior goal’s difference.

 

Kano Pillars 2-1 El-Kanemi

Kano Pillars picked the maximum points in their matchday 14 tie against El-Kanemi Warriors on Sunday; beating the Borno Army 2-1 at the Sani Abacha Stadium.

Old warhorse Gambo Mohammed got the curtain raiser for Pillars before substitute David Ibuka doubled the lead for the home team.

However, Bello Kofarmata reduced the deficit for the Borno Army from the penalty spot in the 66th but it was more of a consolation as Pillars held on for the crucial win.

El-Kanemi Warriors have now dropped to the second spot though they also have 25 points from 14 games but with an inferior goal’s difference compared to Akwa United.

Kano Pillars on their part are fourth on the log in Group B with 23 points respectively also from 14 games.