NPFL Wk.17:Plateau Utd chase Rivers Utd at the top
Plateau United of Jos put up a very resilient performance at the New Jos Stadium,Zaria road with a 93rd minute goal almost when the expectant fans were leaving the pitch on Sunday with a powerful drive by Ibrahim Buhari to give hope to their sides aspiration of winning the league again.
The victory puts the Tin City Boys in a chase with top of the table side Rivers United on a fight for the top position as Plateau United remain at the second position of the Nigerian Professional Football League with 37 points and only a point adrift of leaders, Rivers United.
Speaking shortly after the match Katsina United player Abdullahi Salami told Eagle Eye Sports that they expected to at least run with a draw ” it was unfortunate we conceded an extra time goal but I promised by God’s will we shall get a good result in our next home game on Sunday against Wikki Tourists of Bauchi” .
Rivers United and Plateau United remain close front runners as fixtures of the 2021/22 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) season completed the round of Match-day 17.
Rivers United were able to hold on to the top spot after a routine 2-0 win over Shooting Stars at the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium, Port Harcourt in direct reaction to Plateau United that also won at home.
Joseph Onoja’s brace in the 8th and 25th minutes were enough to keep the Pride of Rivers at the top with 38 points but Shooting Stars dropped to the 13th spot on 20 points.
Remo Stars, Enugu Rangers and Kwara United were the other winners on the day to stay close in the top five.
At the Godswill Akpabio Stadium, Uyo, Dakkada got their first back-to-back home win of the season after they beat Enyimba 2-0.
Dakkada have been fluctuating since the beginning of the season but they have managed to defeat Lobi Stars and now the People’s Elephant in their last two home games to boost their survival chances.
Edidiong Ezekiel scored from a great shot from the edge of the 18 yard box in the sixth minute to shoot Dakkada ahead and the Uyo side nailed Enyimba’s coffin from the penalty spot converted by Aniekan Ekpe in the 39th minute after Adekunle Adeleke upended Edidiong in the vital area.
Dakkada have now moved to the 17th spot with 18 points while Enyimba slipped to the eighth spot with 24 points.
Remo Stars recovered from their midweek defeat to Enyimba in Aba to bag second consecutive home win since they lost three straight games which also brought an end to their unbeaten start to the season.
The Sky Blue Stars thrashed Sunshine Stars 3-0 to return to the third spot on 29 points.
In the other games decided, Kano Pillars returned to winning ways for the first time in three games after they smashed Nasarawa United 2-0 at the Muhammadu Dikko Stadium in Katsina- the new home ground they were banished to in the aftermath of the fiasco that followed their home loss to Rivers United on Wednesday in Kaduna.
Rabiu Ali continued to turn back the clock with his sublime performance when he supplied the key pass for Mark Daniel which opened the scoring in the first minute while Ifeanyi Eze doubled the lead in the 41st minute off David Ebuka’s cross.
The vital win lifted Sai Masu Gida to the 12th spot on 21 points but the Solid Miners slipped to the 11th spot on 21 points also.
Enugu Rangers managed to secure their first win in three games after Chidiebere Nwobodo’s 49th minute strike at the IfeanyiUbah Stadium, Nnewi fetched the maximum points against determined Gombe United.
The Flying Antelopes had drawn at home to Kano Pillars in their last home game and they got another draw in Ibadan against Shooting Stars in a game played under floodlights. They have now amassed 28 points from 17 games to retain fourth spot.
Abia Warriors 0-0 Akwa Utd
Dakkada 2-0 Enyimba
K’Pillars 2-0 Nasarawa
MFM FC 1-2 Kwara Utd
Plateau 1-0 Katsina Utd
Remo 3-0 Sunshine
Rivers Utd 2-0 Shooting
Wikki 1-0 Lobi Stars