Nigeria NPFL: Rivers United Maintain Top Spot As Enyimba Share Points In Uyo

The Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) entered Matchday 27 with eigth games played on Sunday across major venues in Nigeria.

At the Adokiye Amiesimika Stadium, After thumping MFM 5-0 in Port Harcourt on Sunday, Rivers United built up a seven-point lead at the top of the Nigeria Professional Football League.

Nelson Esor slammed home a rebound after Folarin Abayomi saved Ishaq Rafiu’s long-range effort on 17 minutes to put the hosts ahead.

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The game was stopped in the 28th minute by centre referee Marcus Bwashi owing to a wet ground.

Late in the first half, Chijoke Akuneto doubled Rivers United’s lead. Before shooting home against his previous team, he controlled Eyinnaya Kazie’s attempted effort.

In the 46th minute, Akuneto scored his third goal, sliding home from close range.

Six minutes from time, George Akpabio completed a beautiful play to score the fourth goal.

After being hauled down on the edge of the area, Ishaq Rafiu powered home a free kick deep into stoppage time.

Plateau finished second. United’s title hopes were dashed when they were defeated 2-1 by Nasarawa United in Lafia.

Sunday Okereke put the hosts ahead after four minutes, but Plateau United equalised two minutes later through Chimezie Izuchukwu.

On 55 minutes, Nasarawa United retook the lead through Chinedu Ohanachom.

At the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium in Uyo, holders Akwa United and Enyimba battled to a 1-1 tie.

Five minutes before halftime, Bello Babatunde scored a free kick to put the Promise Keepers ahead.

In stoppage time, Enyimba equalised with their top scorer Victor Mbaoma.

3SC beat Niger Tornadoes 1-0 at the Lekan Salami Stadium in Ibadan, with Moses Omoduemuke scoring the game’s only goal on seven minutes.

Isiaka Mutiu sent the ball to Moses Omoduemuke, who shrugged off his defender and calmly placed the ball beyond the goalkeeper.

Kano Pillars defeated Kwara United in Abuja after coming back from a goal down.
After being set up by Ayobami Junior, the visitors took the lead 10 minutes before the break. Samad Kadiri jabbed the ball home.

On 52 minutes, Jerry Eze equalised for Pillars, and Auwalu Ali scored the game-winning goal six minutes later.

Lobi Stars also fought back from a goal down to defeat Katsina United in Makurdi.

Late in the first half, Mustapha Salisu scored for the visitors from the edge of the box.

Lobi Stars won the tie with goals from Endurance Ebedebiri and Nanen Imenger.


Lobi 2-1 Katsina Utd

Akwa Utd 1-1 Enyimba

Gombe Utd 1-0 Sunshine Stars

3SC 1-0 Tornadoes

Kano Pillars 2-1 Kwara Utd

Wikki 2-0 Dakkada

Nasarawa Utd 2-1 Plateau Utd

Rivers United 5-0 MFM


Henry Usiayo is a reporter who has a flair for sports and he currently write sports articles for Africa Top Sports.

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