NPFL: Rivers United Back To Winning Ways, Rangers Hold MFM In Akure


Rivers United are back on top of the Nigeria Professional Soccer League Table after a slim 1-0 victory over a winless Adamawa United team in Port Harcourt.

With Nasarawa United losing to Plateau United, the Pride of Rivers understood solely a win on matchday 7 will restore their leadership position in the league.

However, it wasn’t an easy ride for the hosts. Adamawa United, yet to record a win this season pushed their opponent and created some nervy moments for them. One of the nervy moments for Coach Stanley Eguma’s team occurred within the thirty-fifth moment when the impressive Godwin Aguda missed a penalty.

Aguda sent goalkeeper Philemon the wrong way but missed the target. The first half ended goallessly.

Within the second half, Rivers United came all out and got the decisive goal within the 53rd minute. Substitute, Ishaq Rafiu’s first touch on the ball was across to Fortune Omoniwari, who finished off his own rebound.

The Pride of Rivers takes over the leadership of the league with 15 points. Adamawa United remain winless, it’s now five losses and two draws for them in seven matches.

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Sunshine Stars are now unbeaten in 4 matches. After an impressive 2-1 away victory over Dakkada FC on matchday 6, the Akure Gunners have inspired ahead of the clash with Rangers International Football Club of Enugu.

From the blast of the whistle, coach Gbenga Ogunbote’s team confirmed they’re out for the win. In-form striker, Sadeeq Yusuf wasted no time in scoring his fifth goal of the season with a closerange finish.

Ten minutes later, the Akure Gunners doubled their lead through a sweet counter-attacking move. Chinedu Udechukwu with the help for Fuad Ekelojouti to score. Sunshine Stars took a 2-0 lead into the break.

Within the second half, Rangers got here out to struggle and pulled one again in the 59th through Godspower Aniefiok’s header.

The home side reacted swiftly. Chinedu Udechukwu’s freekick goal was a beauty. After the goal, things got intense and produced drama. Sunshine Stars Bright Akpojuvewho and Ifeanyi Nweke were sent off.

Rangers are now winless in three matches and drops to 10 on the league table. Sunshine Stars are now 4th on the log with thirteen points.
After losing 1-0 to Kwara United in a rescheduled matchday 2 fixture, Enyimba has recorded back to back wins.

Today, in Aba, the People’s Elephants held on to a 1-0 victory over Katsina United. Within the first half, Enyimba had a chance to take the lead but Tosin Omoyele’s penalty was saved by goalkeeper Yusuf Muhammad.

Just before the break, Omoyele made amends for his miss, producing a fine finish from Stephen Manyo’s cross. The goals did the job for Enyimba and take them to second on the table with 15 points, similar to league leaders Rivers United who have a better goal difference.

In Uyo, Dakkada FC bounced back to winning ways with a 2-0 victory over Warri Wolves. Aniekan Ekpe scored each goal to give the home side their third win of the season.

Jigawa Golden Stars also recorded their third win of a season and climbed to 12th on the table with a hard-fought 2-1 victory over the inconsistent Heartland FC of Owerri. It’s the fifth defeat of the season for coach Fidelis Ilechukwu’s team.

In Nnewi, FC Ifeanyi Ubah held on to a crucial 1-0 over Wikki Tourists of Bauchi to record their second win of the season while MFM and Kwara United played goalless to share the spoils in Ilorin.

In Makurdi, struggling Abia Warriors held Lobi Stars to a goalless draw. Goalkeeper Ojo Olorunleke produced good saves to safe a degree for the Warriors who’re nonetheless seeking their first win after seven matches.

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