NPFL MATCH DAY 12: SUNSHINE STARS EXTEND UNBEATEN RUN

The Owena Waves proved too strong for El-Kanemi Warriors, while Ifeanyi Ubah and Niger Tornadoes also recorded victories.

Sunshine Stars 3-0 El-Kanemi Warriors
Sunshine Stars increased their unbeaten run in the top flight to six games after a 3-0 victory over El-Kanemi Warriors in the week twelve of the Nigeria Professional Football League on Sunday.
The Owena could have opened the scoring in the fourth minute when a cross from Stanley Dimgba caused havoc inside the opposition’s box, but it was eventually dealt with Solomon Ogbeide’s side broke the deadlock in the 15th minute when Okiki Afolabi converted efficiently from the
penalty spot. Sunshine Stars dominated play and were only denied a second by the good form of Warriors goalkeeper Kazeem
Yekeen, who produced a good save to deny Dimgba on one-on-one situation early in the second half.
Ogbeide’s men doubled their lead shortly after the restart through a sublime flick from Isiaka Oladuntoye. Okiki and Dayo Ojo went on to waste opportunities to extend
Sunshine Stars’ advantage event further, while Warriors struggled to create anything below half-chances all afternoon.
The rout was completed when Ojo converted his spot kick late in the game.

FC Ifeanyi Ubah 1-0 Warri Wolves
An unconvincing FC Ifeanyi Ubah scrapped past Warri Wolves, thanks to a second half goal from Okereke Maduabuchi.
The hosts took the lead after 59 minutes minutes when Wilson Elu delivered a superb pass to defender Maduabuchi, who executed a pinpoint finish beyond Dele Ajiboye. The Anambra Warriors held on to secure all three points and climb further to the top of the table, even if they were
unconvincing throughout.
Wolves still have sixteen points so far in the ongoing league season.

Niger Tornadoes 2-0 Ikorodu United
A brace from Ismail Gata lifted Niger Tornadoes off the
bottom of the NPFL with a 2-0 win against Ikorodu United at the Confluence Stadium.
The first chance of the game fell for the hosts, and Gata was unable to direct his effort on target. It remained all Tornadoes and Gata struck from the penalty spot after seven minutes. Against the run of play the visitors almost equalised. Kabir Balogun dribbled three Tornadoes’ players but his final touch let him down. It was the hosts who wrapped up the match through Gata,
who slotted home his sixth goal of the 2016 campaign. 

Giwa FC 0-1 Enugu Rangers (Game abandoned in the 87th minute)
The match between Giwa FC and Enugu Rangers was abandoned in the 87th minute due to the behaviour of the hostile Rwang Pam Stadium fans. Rangers went in front through Godwin Aguda, whose brilliant
run wasn’t spotted by the hosts. The young lad dribbled his way past goalkeeper Olorunleke Ojo to score. The Flying Antelopes should have doubled the lead but it took the sharp reflexes of Ojo to deny Chisom Egbuchulam. Enterprising winger, Amos Gyang also saw his wonderful
solo effort saved by Emmanuel Daniel.
Giwa FC attacked the league leaders after the break but they were foiled by the back-four of the away team. The home fans twice took laws to their hands by throwing
stones at the assistant referees.
With the match referee having seen enough of the hostile nature of the Jos fans, he called off the game due to security concerns.
A decision on the game will be taken by the League Management Company in the coming days.

Shooting Stars 2-1 Heartland FC
Shooting Stars were victorious 2-1 in their NPFL match at the Lekan Salami Stadium, with Muyiwa Lawal and Seun Akinyemi on song for the home side. The hosts had a chance to take the lead within the first five
minutes of the match through Sunday Adetunji, who latched onto Seun Akinyemi’s cross-field pass but he could not get the ball under his control.
The Oluyole Warriors took the lead in the 51st minute through substitute Lawal who delivered a brilliant free kick to the back of the net.Heartland started to be in firm control of the game and Anthony Oussou put his team on level terms four minutes
before the hour. As the game approached the final ten minutes, Akinyemi slotted home after latching onto Nojeem Olukokun’s pass. The Naze Millionaires almost forced an equaliser but the
vigilant Emmanuel Fabiyi denied Onyebuchi Ajunwa. Shooting Stars held on against late Heartland pressure to record an important victory.

MFM FC 1-0 Wikki Tourists
Despite the strong resistance of Wikki Tourists, MFM FC earned a slim 1-0 victory at the Agege Stadium on Friday night. Stephen Odey scored the only goal of the game as the Olukoya Boys secured just their fifth win of the season. It was the first time that Fidelis Ilechukwu managed side
kept a clean sheet in the 2016 NPFL
campaign.
The hosts had two great chances to break the deadlock when Odey blasted over the crossbar from inside the box, shortly before pint-sized lad Chukwuka Onuwa forced a fine save from Wikki Tourists keeper Emeka Nwabulu.  MFM FC eventually took a 1-0 when Odey beat Nwabuku to net his fourth goal in his debut season in the top flight.
The homers were buoyed by taking the lead and could have gone into the break with a more comfortable advantage, but Nwabulu saved from both Sikiru Olatunbosun and Onuwa. There were few clear sights of goal in the second period for Wikki Tourists, who committed bodies forward in stoppage time, but came up short in their search for an equaliser.

Nasarawa United 2-1 Plateau United
Nasarawa United won 2-1 against Plateau United in the top flight, thanks to goals from Seun Sogbeso and Esosa Igbinoba.
The score could have been far greater had it not been for Plateau United goalkeeper Isah Danladi, but the Solid Miners were made to hang on at the end.
Nasarawa United started well and took the lead after just 19 minutes thanks to Seun Sogbeso’s goal from the penalty spot.
The visiting team got themselves into the game after that, and they were back in the game when Julius Nuhu poked home in the 49th minute. The Lafia-based team took control once more but Danladi denied them on numerous occasions. The hosts eventually did grabbed the winner with just over 10 minutes to go thanks to a nice finish from Igbinoba. Rivers United 1-0 Kano Pillars A 79th minute strike from Ovoke Benard proved to be the difference between Rivers United and Kano Pillars on Sunday.
It was a tension-soaked game that took place at the Yakubu Gowon Stadium.
Chances were created by both sides in a game that should have produced more than one goal. Ovoke showed class with the important strike which ensured that the Pride of Rivers returned to winning ways.

Lobi Stars 1-0 Akwa United
Lobi Stars heaved a sigh of relief after narrowly defeating a resolute Akwa United side 1-0 at the Aper Aku Stadium. These days, Anthony Okpotu is fast turning to the assist master and he lived up to his new found reputation on Sunday.
Okpotu delivered a brilliant assist to the path of Nanem Imenger who scored the only goal of the game in Makurdi.

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