Plateau Con­tin­ues Steady March to Ti­tle, 3SC Crashes in Jos

THISDAY - - MONDAY SPORTS - Duro Ik­hazuagbe

Plateau United’s cruise to its first Nige­ria Pro­fes­sional Foot­ball League (NPFL) ti­tle in re­cent time ap­pears a done deal with an­other 2-0 vic­tory over Shoot­ing Stars yes­ter­day. The Plateau team con­sol­i­dated its strong­hold of the topflight on 58 points from 32 games.

Em­manuel Odafe and Ibeh John­son sealed the vic­tory for the Jos team with the two goals on each half of the game in the 16th and 78th min­utes.

The de­feat was how­ever no good news for the Ibadan team strug­gling to be free from drop­ping to the lower rung of the Nige­rian league. 3SC is 16th on 40 points.

Else­where in Sagamu, MFM FC se­cured a 1-0 away vic­tory against Remo Stars to stay just three points be­low league lead­ers Plateau United. Austin Ogunye scored the win­ner for the Olukoya Boys in the 71st minute.

Be­fore that goal came league hot­shot and Su­per Ea­gles in­vi­tee, Stephen Odey blew the chance to take his goal haul to 19 in the 55th minute. Odey’s penalty was saved by Stars’ goal­keeper, Adekunle Tunde.

Tunde was unar­guably the man of the match. He de­nied Odey and Olatun­bo­sun Sikiru at­tempts on goal on sev­eral oc­ca­sions.

In Cal­abar, Mfon Udoh’s 71st minute penalty was all Eny­imba needed to pick max­i­mum three points against Kano Pillars.

How­ever, the trip to the Can­nan City was no plea­sure jour­ney as the Sai Ma­sug­ida are go­ing to miss the service of Ju­nior Lokosa who got a straight red card with ten min­utes left to play.

The vic­tory has how­ever pushed the Aba Ele­phants to the fourth spot on 50 points.

Sim­i­larly, Akwa United’s trip to Maiduguri failed to yield div­i­dend as El Kanemi grabbed the three points at stake with a lone win­ner by Tchoan­fine Pade in the 26th minute. The Prom­ise Keep­ers how­ever re­main un­daunted hang­ing on to the third place on 51 points. El Kanemi is fifth on 49 points.

In other Match-day 32 matches played yes­ter­day, ABS of Ilorin forced Katsina United to a 2-2 draw in Katsina while Wikki Tourist edged Sun­shine Stars 2-1 in Bauchi. In an­other Ori­en­tal derby in Umuahia, Ifeany­iUbah held home team Abia War­riors to a 0-0 draw to gain a valu­able away point.

Nasarawa United de­feated vis­it­ing Niger Tor­na­does 1-0 while Gombe United and Lobi Stars fired blanks.

In Enugu, heavy down pour caused the post­pone­ment of the clash be­tween cham­pi­ons

Rangers and Rivers United. They are to re­play this morn­ing at same venue.

L-R: Nige­ria’s duo of Zainab Mo­moh and Ra­matu Yakubu (sil­ver medal­lists); Thilini Pramodika Hen­da­hewa and Ishadika Ka­vidi of Sri Lanka (bronze medal­lists) with Ha­dia Hosny and Doha Hany (Egypt), and Uganda’s Brid­get Shamim Bangi and Aisha Nakiyemba, all women‘s dou­ble medal­lists at the just con­cluded Lagos In­ter­na­tional Bad­minton Clas­sics… last Satur­day

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