The latest installment of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) games were played across the federation over the weekend as seven matches took center stage. Three teams stood out with stunning results away from home by Bayelsa United, Sunshine Stars and Akwa United. Enyimba International extended their dominance over Enugu Rangers in the Oriental derby as a total of fifteen goals were recorded on Match Day 2.
Gombe United 0:0 Bayelsa United
The match ended in a stalemate between the two sides. Bayelsa United’s last five visits to Gombe yielded no results nor goal as it all ended in losses. By the virtue of this draw, Bayelsa United now have four points in two games while the Desert Scorpions have 1 point from from the available six points.
The Oriental derby lived up to its billing on Sunday as the two-time African champions, Enyimba recorded a massive 2-1 win over Enugu Rangers in Aba. Sibi Gwar opened scoring in the 60th minute before Andrew Abalogu added the second goal on the 76th minute, Semiu Liadi turned Ejike Uzoenyi’s cross into Enyimba’s net in the dying minutes of the game. Enyimba now have four points from two NPFL games.
Sai Mai Gida fans were on their feet for 90 minutes as they witnessed an unusual result that could have ended their unbeaten home run for 10 years had they not scored a late equaliser against Sunshine stars. The Akure Gunners failed to win their first game of the season against Enyimba as the crunchy encounter ended in a stalemate on Thursday, they bounced back in a four goals thriller on Sunday at the Sanni Abacha Stadium against the league champions, Kano Pillars as they muscled out a two all draw. Ezekiel Mbah and Gambo Muhammad got a goal each for Pillars while Dele Olorundare and Kingsley Eduwo scored a goal each as well for Sunshine.
Nasarawa United 1-1 Akwa United
The Solid Miners took the lead on the 60th minute through Habu Ali after a goalless first half. Akwa United responded well in the second 45 minutes after captain Nnamso Edo scored from a free kick before full time to ensure that the Promise Keepers take a point away from Lafia. Akwa United now have four points from two NPFL games.
Sharks FC 1: 0 Lobi Stars
It was a hard earned victory for Gbenga Ogunbote and his Boys as they amassed their first maximum points of the season at the Sharks stadium on Sunday. Ifeanyi Inyam’s 16 minute strike was enough to help Sharks claim the three points against a difficult Lobi Stars.
Kaduna United 3:1 Taraba United
Smarting from a 2-0 defeat in their first league game of the season as they were pipped by Abia Warriors. The Crocodiles were at their beston Friday when they recorded their first win of the season with a comfortable 3-1 home win over FC Taraba in Kaduna. Kaduna United opened scoring via a well converted spot kick through Isa Aminu after Taraba defender handled the ball in the box. Luther Iyorhe leveled up for Taraba FC in the 28th minute before Ibrahim Sanusi doubled the lead in the 61st minute, Siman Yusuf scored the third goal for the home side 10 minutes after Sanusi’s goal.
Former Gombe United player, Frank Chukwujekwu who came in as a super substitution in the 78 minutes of the game got the match winner for the Ajilete Boys on Sunday as they gathered the maximum points by edging Heartland FC 1-0 at the Lekan Salami Stadium in Ibadan.