By Adeboye Amosu:
Enyimba are on course to secure a record seventh Glo Premier League following a 1-0 win against local rivals, Abia Warriors, on Sunday in Umuahia that left the Aba side’s fans dancing round the stadium.
The Peoples Elephant now need three points from their remaining two games to win the title.
Last season’s top scorer, Mfon Udoh, rose from the bench to give the Peoples Elephant their first win over their Oriental brothers.
Enyimba dominated the game and were denied a goal in the 29th minute when captain Chinedu Udoji’s penalty was saved by Chinedu Anozie in goal for Abia Warriors.
Following a goalless first half, Enyimba handler, Kadiri Ikhana, brought on Udoh for Kingsley Sokari and Musa Najare came on for the injured Ezekiel Bassey.
Udoh sealed the win for his side on 69 minutes, coolly slotting the ball past Bassey Akpan who replaced the injured Anozie in the first half.
Warri Wolves kept their slim hope of winning a first title alive with a 4-0 thumping of relegation-bound Bayelsa United in Warri.
Gbolahan Salami put the hosts in front in the ninth minute from the spot to record his 15th goal of the campaign. He now leads the chart alongside Nasarawa United’s hitman, Esosa Igbinoba.
Oghenekaro Etebo scored a brace, while Osadiaye Joseph scored the other goal.
In Owerri, Heartland put an end to Giwa FC’s unbeaten streak by edging out the Jos-based outfit 3-2 with Emeka Ogbuh scoring the winning goal in the 77th minute.
Mubarak Umar grabbed a brace as Wikki Tourists beat Dolphins 2-0 in Bauchi, while Kwara United revived their hopes of securing their top flight status with a 1-0 win against fellow strugglers, Taraba United, in Ilorin with John Chukwudi grabbing the goal on 25 minutes.
3SC sent FC IfeanyiUbah back to their base empty handed by handing them a 2-1 defeat.
At the Karkanda Stadium, Katsina, Ibrahim Mustapha struck from the spot on 33 minutes to help El-Kanemi Warriors seal a 1-0 win against defending champions, Kano Pillars.
Rangers and Akwa United shared the spoils in Enugu with the game ending in a 2-2 draw.
The game between Sunshine Stars and Lobi Stars was disrupted in the 77th minute with the visitors leading 1-0.
Sharks players also abandoned their game against Nasarawa United following a controversial penalty awarded to the hosts with scoreline at 2-2.
Abia Warriors 0 v 1 Enyimba
Rangers 2 V 2 Akwa United
Warri Wolves 4 V 0 Bayelsa United
Kwara United 1 V 0 Taraba
3SC 2 V 1 Ifeanyi Ubah
El-Kanemi 1 V 0 Kano Pillars
Wikki Tourists 2 V 0 Dolphins
Heartland 3 V 2 Giwa FC