By Victor Okoye
Akwa United moved to the summit of the Nigeria Professional Football League on Sunday following a snug Three-Zero win in opposition to Kwara United on the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium, Uyo.
The Promise Keepers have 12 factors from 5 video games, the similar as defending champions Plateau United, who defeated MFM FC 1-Zero on Saturday. Akwa, nonetheless, have a greater objective distinction than the Jos-based clubside.
Michael Ibe set Akwa United on the highway to victory with a medical end within the 13th minute.
Victor Mbaoma elevated the lead within the 21st minute for his third objective of the season, earlier than Ubong Friday bought the third for the house aspect, 9 minutes after the break.
In arguably the star match of the weekend, Rivers United and Enyimba battled to a 1-1 draw on the Yakubu Gowon Stadium in Port Harcourt.
Enyimba went forward within the first half of added time when Stanley Dimgba transformed a penalty awarded after Chinonso Okonkwo was tripped within the field by Gabriel Olalekan.
Substitute Israel Daniel rescued some extent for the hosts when he levelled scores 13 minutes from time.
Enyimba had been decreased to 10 males eight minutes from the top when Okonkwo was despatched off for time losing.
The end result moved Rivers United to 11th place, whereas Enyimba are joint 14th with Enugu Rangers on the log.
In Makurdi, Lobi Stars defeated Niger Tornadoes Three-1, courtesy of a brace by Samad Kadiri within the 35th and 70th minutes respectively, whereas Ezekiel Mbah scored the opener within the 11th minute.
Kadiri is now at par with Kano Pillars’ Junior Lokosa on the prime of objective scorers’ chart. Both males have scored 4 targets every to date.
Ibrahim Babawo scored Niger Tornadoes’ solely objective within the 23rd minute.
The win helped Lobi Stars climb to 3rd, whereas Niger Tornadoes slumped additional to 13th on the log.
Former champions Heartland FC of Owerri had been held to a 1-1 draw by Yobe Desert Stars on the Dan Anyiam Stadium, Owerri.
Yobe Desert Stars took a shock lead by means of Chinedu Ohanachom on fifth minute, earlier than Mohammed Azeez restored parity for the Naze Millionaires within the 32nd minute.
The guests had been decreased to 10 males when Chidiebere Ajoku was despatched off eight minutes from time.
Heartland slipped all the way down to 17th, whereas Yobe Desert Stars maintained their ninth spot.
Katsina United loved a snug night on the Muhammadu Dikko Stadium with a Three-Zero thumping of Go Round FC of Port Harcourt.
Eric Dufegha, Joshua Agboola and Martins Usule had been all heading in the right direction for the hosts within the 4th, 22nd and 90th minutes respectively.
Katsina shot to seventh, whereas Go Round FC slipped one step additional to 18th on the log.
At the New Jos Stadium, Wikki Tourists beat FC IfeanyiUbah 1-Zero with Nafiu Kabuga scoring the winner within the 31st minute.
Wikki Tourists shot to the fourth place, whereas FC IfeanyiUbah slipped to 12th place on the NPFL log.
Abia Warriors and Sunshine Stars of Akure ended their sport in Umuahia in a Zero-Zero draw.
The guests at the moment are unbeaten of their final six video games in opposition to Abia Warriors with three wins and three attracts.
Sunshine Stars slipped to the sixth place, whereas Abia Warriors maintained their eight spot on the NPFL log.
The all northern affair between El- Kanemi Warriors of Maiduguri and Kano Pillars in Maiduguri additionally led to a Zero-Zero draw.
The end result meant Kano Pillars slipped two steps all the way down to fifth, whereas El-Kanemi climbed two steps additional to the 10th spot on the NPFL log.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) experiences whole of 17 targets had been scored on Match Day 5 with six house wins and 4 attracts recorded.
Enyimba had earlier defeated Nasarawa 1-Zero on Thursday on the U.J. Esuene Stadium, Calabar, whereas Champions Plateau additionally beat MFM FC 1-Zero on the Rwang Stadium in Jos on Saturday