Enyimba, Rangers, Heartland fumble at home in NPFL week 9 fixtures
FC Ifeanyi Ubah Wednesday handed Kwara United a second defeat of the 2019/2020 NPFL season with a hard fought 1-0 win, Orient Sports reports.
The victory came on a night Enyimba, Rangers and Heartland fumbled on their home grounds with draws against their opponents.
Only Abia Warriors joined FC Ifeanyi Ubah’s ‘Oriental Victory Party’ with a deserved 2-1 win against Jigawa Golden Stars at the Umuahia Township Stadium.
At the FC Ifeanyi Ubah stadium, the home side waited until 77th minute when Chigozie Chilekwu fired in the eventual match winner.
The victory for the Anambra Warriors meant Kwara United are winless in their back-to-back NPFL games, having lost 0-1 to Heartland on Sunday back home in Ilorin.
In Aba, Enyimba came from behind to salvage a point against Lobi Stars. The Makurdi side went in front on 77 minutes courtesy of Samad Kadiri’s strike.
But the celebration and joy of the visitors lead lasted for just three minutes before Victor Mbaoma restored parity for the People’s Elephant.
The result means Enyimba are winless in two straight games, having lost 2-1 on Sunday at Dakkada International.
Emmanuel Ugwuka handed Abia Warriors the lead 18 minutes after the kick off with Jimoh Oni doubling the home team’s advantage just before the half time whistle.But Abdullahi Lala halved the deficit for the struggling Jigawa Golden Stars four minutes after the break.
The tale of woes for South East teams stretched to Enugu where Rangers managed a scoreless draw against leaders, Plateau United.
In Warri, Wolves raced to an early lead courtesy of Victory Omodiagbe’s 6th minute goal as the Seasiders held out stoutly for a 1-0 win against Wikki Tourists of Bauchi.
At the Godswill Akpabio Stadium, Uyo, former Nigeria Professional Football League hot shot, OrokAkarandut, continued from where he left off as he powered Akwa United in front against Rivers United 10 minutes after kick off.
Ngouan Konan hauled The Pride of Rivers back into the game four minutes past the half hour mark. But just as the Stanley Eguma side thought they could return to Port Harcourt with a point, Samson Gbadebo, a former CHAN Eagles defender who featured for Rivers United last season broke the hearts of his former team with the match winner seven minutes into the stoppage time.
New comers, Dakkada International piled the pressure on Henry Makinwa and his Katsina United side after holding them to a scoreless draw in Katsina.Idris Abubakar’s brace helped Adamawa United see off Nasarawa United 2-1.
Another Abubakar, this time, Lawan, had drawn the visitors level on 54th minute.