NPFL: Akwa United Stop Plateau Unbeaten Run, Tornadoes, El Kanemi Win
The unbeaten run of Plateau United in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) ended on Sunday in Uyo as they fell 1-2 to Akwa United though they retained top spot on the table. Akwa United showed they meant business as early as the sixth minute when former Enyimba man, Christian Pyagbara collected a pass from Moses Ebiye, rounded up goalkeeper, John Gaadi to score.
Five minutes into the second half, Ibrahim Alhassan was assisted by Musa Newman and he made sure he put his side 2-0 up before substitute Chima Ndukwu pulled one back for Plateau United in the 60th minute but the home side held on for the win.
In Lafia, Nasarawa United thrashed Abia Warriors 3-1. The home side started the business as early as the first minute when Abdulrahman Bashir scored from a Thomas Zenke pass. Two minutes later, Abia Warriors equalised through Sunday Adetunji, but Douglas Achiv put the home side up once again in the 16th minute from a free kick. In the 55th minute, Thomas Zenke was on hand with another assist as Jide Williams headed in a pass from him to give Nasarawa United a 3-1 win.
n Maiduguri, El-Kanemi was on rampage as they tore Gombe United to smithereens. From a goalmouth melee after a Malika Usman long throw-in, Bello Korfamata scored in the 8th minute. Samuel Mathias powered home a free kick in the 26th minute to put El-Kanemi 2-0 up and Mathias again picked himself up after he was fouled in the box to score a penalty for his side in the 45th minute as his side won 3-0.
In Akure, ABS gave the home side Sunshine Stars a scare and eventually took home a share of the spoils from a 2-2 draw. Ernest Governor put ABS ahead in the 11th minute. A penalty in the 33rd minute was converted by Ayo Saka and then Alaba Adeniyi put them ahead off an Anthony Omaka assist in the 41st minute but ABS were not done yet.
Adeshina Gata drew the game level in the 55th minute and ABS held on to snatch a point in Akure.