By James Agberebi:
Stephen Odey returned to scoring form as he was on target for MFM FC but it was not enough as Kano Pillars won 3-1 at the Sani Abacha Stadium in matchday 25 of the Nigeria Professional Football League on Sunday, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.
The goal was Odey's 15th in the NPFL this season for MFM FC.
Kano Pillars went 1-0 up through Rabiu Ali who converted a 12th minute penalty.
In the 63rd minute, MFM were back on level terms thanks to Odey who finished off a swift counter.
But Pillars eventually went on to win the game as Amos Gyang and Adamu Mohammed scored in the 86th and 92nd minutes respectively to secure the win for Pillars.
The defeat means MFM are now third on 40 points in the league table.
In Umuahia, a brace from Shedrack Asiegbu secured a 2-1 win for Abia Warriors against leaders Plateau United.
Abia Warriors took the lead in the 11th minute following Asiegbu's brilliant volley.
With 10 minutes remaining, Plateau United looked to have earned a valuable point away from home following an equaliser from Hamzat Owolabi.
Asiegbu completed his brace when je converted a 98th minute penalty after a foul on Sherif Bashir inside the box.
The win was Abia Warriors' first ever win against Plateau in the NPFL (one draw, two losses).
Plateau United maintain their leadership on the log, five points away from MFM.
In Maiduguri, El Kanemi ended their three-game winless run with a 2-0 win against struggling Remo Stars.
A goal in each half from Sunday Anthony in the 28th and 48th minutes gave El Kanemi the win.
The win takes El Kanemi to second on 40 points, five points adrift of leaders Plateau United. Remo droppped to bottom in the league standings.
Champions Rangers held Niger Tornadoes to a 0-0 draw in Minna.
Tornadoes had a chance to win the game but Abdullahi Wakili missed a penalty five minutes into the game.
At the Lekan Salami Stadium in Ibadan, Shooting Stars defeated ABS 2-0 after failing to win in their last two games.
Two second half goals from Ibrahim Adebayo on 57 minutes and an 82nd minute goal from Sunday Faleye gave Shooting Stars the win.
The Oluyole Warriors climbed out of the bottom of the log and are on 29 points.
In Lafia, Enyimba could not take advantage of Plateau United's slip up as the Aba Elephant lost 1-0 to Nasarawa United.
The only goal of the game was scored by Bashir Abdulrahman in the 48th minute.
A win for Enyimba would have taken them to the second position, and four points off Plateau United.
In other matchday 25 results, Super Eagles forward Ibrahim Alhassan scored his 11th goal of the season as Akwa United beat Katsina United 2-0 in Uyo, Sunshine Stars pipped Gombe 2-1 in Ijebu Ode after three straight losses, while Wikki Tourists earned their first point on the road (after 12 straight away losses) following their 0-0 draw against IfeanyiUbah in Nnewi.
Matchday 25 results
Kano Pillars 3 vs 1 MFM
3SC 2 vs 0 ABS
El Kanemi 2 vs 0 Remo Stars
Abia Warriors 2 vs 1 Plateau United
Nasarawa United 1 vs 0 Enyimba
Niger Tornadoes 0 vs 0 Rangers
IfeanyiUbah 0 vs 0 Wikki Tourist
Akwa United 2 vs 0 Katsina United
Sunshine Stars 2 vs 1 Gombe United