By James Agberebi:
El-Kanemi Warriors have caught up with Plateau United on points in the Nigeria Professional Football League table following the Maiduguri side’s 3-1 home win against Sunshine Stars on matchday 11 on Wednesday, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.
Samuel Mathias opened scoring for El-Kanemi in the 25th minute but Ayo Saka equalised for Sunshine on 34 minutes.
Mathias had a chance to make it 2-1 for his team but missed a 45th minute penalty.
El-Kanemi were awarded another penalty on 65 minutes but this time Bello Kofarmata scored to put the hosts 2-1 ahead.
And in the 81st minute Mathias made amends for his penalty miss by making it 3-1 for El-Kanemi.
El-Kanemi have gone top on 21 points from 11 games.
Also on Wednesday, league leaders Plateau, who are just ahead of El-Kanemi on goals difference, couldn't take advantage of playing at home as they were held to a 0-0 draw by a resilient Lobi Stars.
The draw means Plateau are still top on 21 points.
Champions Enugu Rangers put the disappointment of last Friday's loss to MFM FC as they pipped visiting ABS of Ilorin 1-0.
Rangers' goal was scored by Daniel Etor in the 35th minute.
The win was Rangers' third in the current campaign.
And in Calabar, Enyimba were held to a 0-0 draw by 10-man Shooting Stars of Ibadan.
Despite Shooting Stars losing Opeyemi Adetoyi to a 77th minute red card, the Ibadan-based club still held on to secure a valuable point against the side coached by their former coach Gbenga Ogunbote.
In other results of matchday 11, Katsina United beat MFM 2-1 thanks to a 90th minute goal from Martin Ursule, Kano Pillars held Remo Stars to a 1-1 draw in Sagamu, Abia Warriors beat visiting Niger Tornadoes 1-0, while Gombe defeated FC IfeanyiUbah 2-0.
NPFL Week 11 Results:
Wikki Tourists 0 vs 0 Rivers United
Rangers 1 vs 0 ABS
Katsina United 2 vs 1 MFM
Remo Stars 1 vs 1 Kano Pillars
Enyimba 0 vs 0 3SC
Plateau United 0 vs 0 Lobi Stars
Gombe United 2 vs 0 IfeanyiUbah
Abia Warriors 1 vs 0 Niger Tornadoes
El-Kanemi Warriors 3 vs 1 Sunshine Stars