Former champions Kano Pillars suffered a dent to their title hopes after suffering a 4-0 defeat at the hands of hosts Shooting Stars Sports Club (3SC) at the Lekan Salami Stadium in Ibadan on Sunday.
The Gbenga Ogunbote side raced into a 2 goal lead through strikes from Ifegwu Ojukwu and Ibrahim Ajani. Sunday Adetunji added a brace after the interval, his 9th and 10th goals of the current NPFL season. It was a deserved home win for the Ibadan club and a measure of revenge for the Oluyole Warriors after they were humiliated by the four-time Nigeria champions in the first round of the season. Title hopefuls Rivers United have gone joint top after a straightforward 2-0 win over Plateau United courtesy goals from a Bernard
In other NPFL Matchday 33 games, Title hopefuls Rivers United went joint top of the league with Wikki Tourists after a straightforward 2-0 win over Plateau United with goals from a Bernard Ovoke penalty and Daniel Israel strike.
League leaders Wikki Tourists suffered a dent to their title challenge with a demoralising 1-0 defeat to hosts FC IfeanyiUbah due to Jimoh Oni’s 70th minute strike. Nasarawa United also saw off title hopefuls Enugu Rangers 1-0 as Philip Azango scored the only goal of the game to hand his side the win. Niger Tornadoes strengthen their resolve to beat the drop with a 2-0 win over Continental challengers Lobi stars courtesy goals from Kunle Issa and a Solomon Owello penalty.
Lagos club Ikorodu United are running out of time in the bid to avoid relegation as they were held to a 1-1 draw by visitors El-Kanemi Warriors. Samuel Matthias was on target for the Maiduguri-based outfit while Olasupo Adeyemi got a late equalizer for the home side. The relegation battle between MFM FC and Abia Warriors was delayed by a day following heavy rain in Lagos which made the pitch at the Agege Stadium unplayable.
The match will now be played by 8am Monday at the same venue.
Matchday 33 Results:
3SC 4-0 Kano Pillars
Enyimba 2-1 Akwa Utd
Ikorodu United 1-1 El-Kanemi
Niger Tornadoes 2-0 Lobi Stars
FC IfeanyiUbah 1-0 Wikki Tourists
Nasarawa United 1-0 Enugu Rangers
Rivers United 2-0 Plateau United
NPFL Standings (Top 4):
1. Wikki Tourists 53 points
2. Rivers United 53 points
3. FC IfeanyiUbah 52 points
4. Enugu Rangers 51 points
NPFL Standings (Bottom 4):
17. Warri Wolves 38 points
18. MFM 37 points
19. Ikorodu United 23 points
20. Giwa FC 14 points