NPFL: MFM End IfeanyiUbah Run As 3SC, Enyimba Win; Rangers Fumble

NPFL: MFM End IfeanyiUbah Run As 3SC, Enyimba Win; Rangers Fumble

By James Agberebi:

MFM FC returned to winning ways after going winless in their last three league games as they pipped FC IfeanyiUbah 1-0 on matchday 22 in the Nigeria Professional Football League at Agege Stadium on Sunday, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.

MFM’s goal was scored by Adebayo Waheed in the 19th minute off an assist from Monsuru Bashiru.

The duo of Stephen Odey and Sikiru Olatunbosun returned to action for MFM after featuring in the Super Eagles’ two friendly games against Corsica and Togo.

The win takes MFM, who are yet to lose at home this season, to second on the log on 37 points.

The defeat to MFM ended IfeanyiUbah’s eight-game unbeaten run.

In Calabar, Enyimba edged leaders Plateau United 1-0 thanks to a solitary goal by Andrew Abalogu.

Abalogu’s goal was scored in the 70th minute of the encounter.

Abalogu was however injured with seven minutes remaining and was stretchered off.

Despite the defeat, Plateau are still top on the log on 39 points, two points above second-placed MFM, while Enyimba climbed to the fifth position on 34 points.

Title contenders El-Kanemi Warriors could not capitalise on Plateau’s slip-up as they lost 2-1 to Wikki Tourists in Bauchi.

Ismail Gbabayan and Festus Umanah scored in the second and 68th minutes respectively to give Wikki a 2-0 lead.

Efe Yarhere pulled a goal back for El-kanemi with three minutes left but Wikki held on to claim their eighth win of the season.

El-Kanemi now drop to third in the league table on 36 points following the loss Wikki Tourist.

At the Lekan Salami Stadium, Ibadan, Shooting Stars halted their run of three defeats with a 1-0 win against Sunshine Stars.

Ibrahim Ajani was the hero for Shooting Stars as his seventh minute goal secured the win for his side who still remain 19th in the league table.

In Enugu, champions Rangers had to dig deep to force Nasarawa United to a 1-1 draw.

Nasarawa seemed to be heading for an unlikely win when Thomas Zenke gave them the lead on 75 minutes.

But with 10 minutes left, Godwin Aguda scored to help salvage a point for his team.

In Kano, Kano Pillars overcame Lobi Stars 2-1.

A brace from Nyima Nwangwa in the 36th and 49th minutes gave Pillars a comfortable lead.

Lobi made the game a nervy affair with five minutes left when Uchenne Eze scored.

In other results, Katsina edged visiting Abia Warriors 1-0, Gombe lost 2-0 away to bottom team Remo Stars and ABS, playing at home, beat Niger Tornadoes 2-1.

NPFL Matchday 22 Results:

Enyimba 1 vs 0 Plateau United

Wikki Tourist 1 vs 0 El-Kanemi Warriors

MFM 1 vs 0 IfeanyiUbah

3SC 1 vs 0 Sunshine Stars

Kano Pillars 2 vs 1 Lobi Stars

Rangers 1 vs 1 Nasarawa United

Katsina United 1 vs 0 Abia Warriors

Remo Stars 2 vs 0 Gombe

ABS 2 vs 1 Niger Tornadoes

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