By Adeboye Amosu:
Photo courtesy LMC (FC Ifeanyi Ubah vs Lobi Stars):
Enugu Rangers maintained top position in the Nigeria Professional Football League despite going down to a 2-1 defeat against Sunshine Stars in a week 16 fixture at the Akure Township Stadium on Wednesday, reports Completesportsnigeria.com.
Samad Kadiri put Sunshine Stars ahead early in the game, while Chisom Egbuchulam restored parity for Rangers through a perfectly taken free-kick five minutes before the break for his eighth goal of the season.
The hosts scored the winner through Okiki Afolabi in the 60th minute. It was Afolabi's eighth goal of the campaign too.
Enyimba extended their unbeaten streak to four games following a barren draw against MFM FC at the Agege Stadium.
Both sides missed good chances to win the game with Enyimba duo, Abu Azeez and Mfon Udoh, the worst culprits.
Rivers United secured a narrow 1-0 win against Wikki Tourists at the Yakubu Gowon Stadium.
Impressive centre-back Olalekan Gabriel was the hero for Stanley Eguma's men, nodding home from a freekick in the 26th minute.
In Makurdi, Abia Warriors suffered their second defeat of the campaign as they went down to a 3-2 defeat to Nasarawa United.
Abdulrahman Bashir broke the deadlock for the home side on 19 minutes.
Olaha equalised for Abia Warriors on the stroke of half time.
Emmanuel Makama restored Nasarawa United's lead from the spot in the 48th minute, while the visitors pegged them back again in the 56th minute through Ndifreke Effiong.
Abia Warriors were reduced to 10-men when "Little Messi" Stanley Okoro was sent off in the 62nd minute.
The hosts took advantage of the numerical advantage with Bashir getting his second goal of the game in the 73rd minute.
Warri Wolves shocked Shooting Stars in Ibadan, beating their hosts 2-1 at the Lekan Salami Stadium.
Former junior international, King Osanga, stunned the home fans when he scored the curtain raiser in the 27th minute.
The Seasiders extended their lead through Izu Joseph on the hour mark.
Nojeem Olukokun reduced the deficit for 3SC 15 minutes before the end of the game.
Niger Tornadoes sent Heartland back to Owerri empty handed, edging them 2-1 at the Confluence Stadium, Lokoja.
Ismaila Gata scored the opening goal for the hosts in the 12th minute.
Ifeanyi Onuigbo levelled scores for the visitors in the 36th minute.
Tornadoes regained the lead through Gata in the 58th minute. The forward has now scored nine goals for the Minna-based outfit this season and is now the leading scorer in the NPFL.
FC IfeanyiUbah ended Lobi Stars' four-game unbeaten streak, handing them a 1-0 defeat in Nnewi.
Moses Bunde scored the winner in the 10th minute.
Ikorodu United went ahead through Ojukwu Ifegwu in the 35th minute.
Plateau United fought back in the second half and were rewarded for their efforts when Beninoise international, Junior Salomon, netted the equaliser in the 54th minute.
The hosts regained the lead through Kabiru Balogun in the 63rd minute.
Parity was restored once again in the 67th minute when Ikorodu United goalkeeper gifted the visitors an equaliser.
WEEK 16 RESULTS
Sunshine Stars 2 V 1 Rangers
Tornadoes 2 v 1 Heartland
Nasarawa Utd 3 V 2 Abia Warriors
Shooting Stars 1 V 2 Warri Wolves
Ikorodu United 2 V 2 Plateau United
MFM FC 0 V 0 Enyimba
FC IfeanyiUbah 1 V 0 Lobi Stars
Rivers United 1 V 0 Wikki Tourists
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