By James Agberebi:
Photo by Ganiyu Yusuf (MFM vs Enyimba):
Plateau United maintained their strong hold at the top of the Nigeria Professional Football League table following their impressive 1-1 away draw against Kano Pillars at the Sani Abacha Stadium, Kano, on Sunday, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.
Ibeh Johnson gave Plateau United a surprise 1-0 lead when he scored in the 17th minute.
But Pillars were back on level terms in the 52nd minute through Hamza Abba Tiya as both teams shared the spoils.
The draw means Plateau remain in the top spot on 59 points, three above MFM who are second. Pillars are seventh on 48 points.
At the Agege Stadium, MFM failed to take advantage of Plateau’s draw against Kano Pillars as they were held to a 0-0 draw against Enyimba.
A win for MFM would have taken them to 58 points, and just one point off Plateau United.
Despite the draw, MFM hold on to second position on 56 points, while Enyimba are fourth on 51 points.
In Ijebu Ode, Akwa United’s title hopes suffered a big setback as they were pipped 1-0 by Sunshine Stars.
The only goal of the game was scored by Ajibola Otegbeye from the penalty spot in the 16th minute.
Akwa are still third in the league table on 51 points.
El-Kanemi Warriors also suffered a setback in their quest for a continental ticket following their 1-0 away loss to Niger Tornadoes.
Tornadoes’ goal was scored by Bolaji Adeyemo in the 77th minute.
With the defeat, El-Kanemi dropped to sixth with 49 points.
In Ibadan, Shooting Stars gave their fight against relegation a big boost following their 2-1 comeback win against Gombe United.
Musa Usman gave Gombe the lead on 55 minutes before Seun Akinyemi equalised from the penalty spot on 72 minutes.
And in the 79th minute, Najeem Olukokun scored the winner which took 3SC to 43 points and 14th on the log.
In other matchday 33 fixtures, Remo Stars’ already slim hope of avoiding the drop continued to dwindle as they lost 2-0 away to ABS, Abia Warriors recorded the only away win this weekend as they defeated Lobi Stars 4-2 in Makurdi, while IfeanyiUbah edged visiting Nasarawa United 1-0.
Rivers United and Katsina United clash comes up on Monday at the Yakubu Gowon Stadium in Port Harcourt.
NPFL matchday 33 results:
MFM 0 vs 0 Enyimba
Kano Pillars 1 vs 1 Plateau United
Sunshine Stars 1 vs 0 Akwa United
3SC 2 vs 1 Gombe United
Niger Tornadoes 1 vs 0 El-Kanemi Warriors
ABS 2 vs 0 Remo Stars
Lobi Stars 2 vs 4 Abia Warriors
IfeanyiUbah 1 vs 0 Nasarawa United