By Adeboye Amosu:
On a day their title rivals failed to pick wins in their respective matches, Enyimba recorded a hard fought 2-1 home win against Shooting Stars in a match day 33 clash in Aba on Sunday to stay top of the Glo Premier League.
Musa Najare scored the opener for the hosts in the 14th minute of the encounter following a superb delivery by Ugwu Uwadiegwu.
Ajani Ibrahim stunned the home fans when he equalized for the visitors in the 56th minute.
Enyimba captain, Chinedu Udoji, however got the winner for his side when he nodded home Ezekiel Bassey’s pinpoint cross in the 75th minute.
Second placed Warri Wolves were held to a 1-1 draw by Rangers in Enugu.
In-form forward, Gbolahan Salami, put the Seasiders ahead in the 13th minute for his 14th goal of the campaign, while Osas Okoro restored parity for the home side in the 51st minute.
Wikki Tourists suffered a 2-0 defeat against Sharks in Port Harcourt.
The Blue Angels boosted their survival aspirations with the win, while Wikki’s title hopes suffered a big setback.
Giwa FC moved into fourth place courtesy of a 1-0 win against relegation-haunted Dolphins at the Rwang Pam Stadium.
Lawal Shittu scored the only goal of the encounter in the sixth minute.
In Kano, a late Tony Edjomariegwe penalty helped defending champions Kano Pillars beat Sunshine Stars 2-1.
Pillars went ahead in the 15th minute when Omololu Waheed scored an own goal against his side.
Sunshine Stars restored parity in the 58th minute, but the Sai Masu Gida went home with all three points when Edjomariegwe blasted the home from the penalty spot in the 88th minute.
Nasarawa United boosted their continental hopes with a 2-1 away win against Bayelsa United in Oghara.
Lobi Stars compounded Kwara United relegation woes by edging out the Harmony Warriors 2-1 at the Aper Aku Stadium, Makurdi.
It was the Pride of Benue’s first win in six games.
FC Taraba beat Heartland 1-0 in Jalingo, while Akwa United also beat Abia Warriors with the same scoreline in Uyo.
ALL THE RESULTS
Enyimba 2- 1 3SC
Rangers 1- 1 Warri Wolves
Kano Pillars 2- 1 Sunshine Stars
Sharks 2- 0 Wikki Tourist
Akwa United 1 -0 Abia Warriors
Giwa FC 1 -0 Dolphins
Bayelsa 1-2 Nasarawa United
Taraba 1-0 Heartland
Lobi Stars 2-1 Kwara United