—Rangers Stop Sunshine; Enyimba, Giwa win; Dolphins Stun Pillars
By Adeboye Amosu:
Wikki Tourists leapt to the top of the Nigerian Professional Football League following a surprise 1-0 road trip win against Ifeanyi Ubah on Sunday at the Rojenny Stadium.
Chukwudi Samuel scored the match winner in the 77 minute of the encounter to hand the Oriental side their first home defeat of the campaign.
The home side dominated the game but poor markmanship in front of goal let them down with Thompson Emmanuel and Brendan Ogbu missing two gilt edged chances to draw their side level in the closing stages of the encounter.
Sunshine Stars stumbled to a 1-0 defeat against Rangers in Enugu and are now joint second on the log with Enyimba, but they have a better goal difference than the the Aba giants who beat Nasarawa United 2-0 at home.
Christain Obiozor(12mins) and Ifeanyi George (52mins) got the goals for Kadiri Ikhana’s side.
Champions Kano Pillars were stunned at the Sani Abacha Stadium by Dolphins who rallied from two goals down to secure a 2-2 draw against their hosts.
Adamu Mohammed put the Sai Masugida ahead in the 18 minute, while Godspower Aniefiok doubled his side’s lead two minutes after the break.
But the visitors refused to accept defeat with their Ghanaian import Godbless Asamoah reducing the deficit in the 67th minute.
Zikiye however restored parity in the 79 minute with a scrambled strike for the Port Harcourt Dwellers.
Akwa United’s debut game at the Akwa Ibom Stadium, christened the Nest of Champions, ended in a 1-1 draw against Warri Wolves.
In-form Wolves striker Gbolahan Salami struck in the 74th minute but it took only five minutes for Abdulazeez Awakan to equalise for the home side.
Giwa FC continued their impressive form, making a winning debut at their make shift home ground in Kaduna by securing a comfortable 3-1 win against El-Kanemi Warriors.
At the Aper Aku Stadium, Makurdi, Lobi Stars beat Abia Warriors 2-0, while Sharks and Heartland played a 1-1 draw in Port Harcourt.
Bayelsa United ensured Kwara United returned Ilorin empty handed, handing the Harmony Boys a 2-1 defeat.
All the results
Ifeanyi Uba 0 -1 Wikki
Enyimba 2-0 Nasarawa
Pilllars 2-2 Dolphins
Giwa 3-1 El-kanemi
Akwa Utd 1-1 Wolves
Bayelsa Utd 2-1 Kwara Utd
Sharks 1-1 Heartland
Rangers 1-0 Sunshine
Lobi Stars 2-1 Abia Warriors