NPFL Week 29 Review: Heartland stun Wikki on the road to record 16th away win

Matchday 29 of the 2012/2013 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL), saw 14 goals from 9 games and ended with Bayelsa United on top of the league.

 
Wikki Tourists 0-1 Heartland FC
Visiting Naze Millionaires’ were able to claim a 1-0 victory over the Tourists in Bauchi, to move up the table and push their hosts deeper into relegation zone. Uchenna Orisakwe got the only goal of the day for Heartland after 20 minutes of play, and the visitors held on for all three points. Heartland goalkeeper stood out, as he made some breathtaking saves. Heartland now have 40 points from 29 matches.

3SC 1-1 ABS
ABS FC picked a hard earned away point in Ibadan, as they compounded 3SC’s woes, forcing the hosts to a 1-1 draw on Sunday. Shooting’s left back Mutiu Adegoke, converted a spot kick in the 17th minute to put his team ahead, after an ABS player hacked Tony Edjomarigwe down in the box. Muftau Saliu became the hero for the visitors, when he scored the equaliser in the 75th minute. Both teams now have now have 37 points from 29 matches.

Dolphins FC 0-0 Enyimba International
Six-time league Champions, Enyimba International FC, recorded their fifth away draw on Saturday, when they held Dolphins to a barren draw. The Peoples’ Elephant defence was a hard nut to crack for the hosts, as the Ifeanyi Udoji-led back line stood tall for 90 minutes and ensured their team shared the maximum points with the host. The Aba Warriors are now 4th on the table with 46 points from 29 games.

Kano Pillars 2-1 Rangers
Pillars influential midfielder Rabiu Ali, saved the day with a brace as Sai Masu Gida beat Enugu Rangers 2-1 on Saturday at the Sani Abacha Township Stadium. The three goals of the encounter came within six minutes. Alli opened the scoring in the 14th minute, before Chinedu Udeagha silenced the Kano fans a minute later, levelling for Flying Antelopes. Super Eagles midfielder Alli, then completed his brace five minutes later, as the hosts went on to seal the victory. The homeside now has 48 points from 28 matches.

Akwa United 4-0 Sunshine Stars
Mfon Udoh got two goals for the home team, as Sunshine Stars suffered another big defeat on Sunday. Akwa United are now in 11th place on the log with 40 points from 28 games. Udoh scored in the 23rd and 53rd minutes, before Emmanuel Ariwa
and Dauda Eboh registered their names on the score sheet in the 69th and 90 minutes of the match.

Bayelsa United 1-0 Sharks
Ladan Bosso’s men got the crucial maximum points, to move to the summit of the table against hard-fighting Sharks FC. Peter Ebimobowei scored the lone goal in the 31st minute of the game on Sunday at the Samson Siasia Stadium in Bayelsa State. Bayelsa United now have 49 points from 29 matches. They are ahead of current league Champions, Kano Pillars, who are on 48 points.

Gombe United 1-0 Nembe City
A 45th minute strike by Habib Yunusa was all the The Savannah Scorpions needed, to keep their undaunted home record this season, as they defeated Nembe City on Sunday, at the Pantami Stadium in Gombe. Maurice Cooreman’s men are 6th on the 20-team league standings with 43 points from 29 matches.

Lobi Stars 1-0 Nasarawa United
Dominic Iorfa’s Boys emerged the winners in the River Benue derby on Sunday, at the Samuel Atongo Stadium in Markurdi, as they beat arch rivals Nasarawa United 1-0, in a keenly contested match. Former Crown FC player Lekan Agunloye, was the difference in this game, as his 79th minute effort separated the two sides and gave Lobi Stars the three points. The hosts moved five places up to 15th position, with 38 points from 29 matches.

Ekanemi Warriors 1-0 Kaduna United
The Maiduguri Warriors continued their impressive home form, as they narrowly escaped a stalemate, defeating Kaduna United by a lone goal on Saturday in Maiduguri. The Crocodiles’ put in their best efforts and refused to be intimidated, but Elkanemi, who have practically beaten all NPFL teams at home, took the day.

Kwara United 0-0 Warri Wolves (ABANDONED)
After 45 minutes of play in Ilorin on Saturday, it was reported that the second assistant referee felt insecured and refused to come out for the second half of the game and when another assistant referee was arranged to continue the game, the visiting team could not carry on with the game at about 6pm on Saturday, depite the floodlights being on.

Adeyemi Adesanya

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