Nigeria: El-Kanemi Warriors Suffer Another Home Loss As Pillars Clinch Playoff Ticket

El-Kanemi Warriors' chances of grabbing one of the playoff tickets in group A of the abridged Nigeria Professional Football League dimmed the more yesterday after they suffered another home defeat in the hands of FC IfeanyiUbah who beat the embattled warriors 1-0 in Maiduguri.

El-Kanemi Warriors had lost their last home match 0-2 to Delta Force before going to lose 1-2 to Abia Warriors in Umuahia.

With the strings of poor results, El-kanemi have dropped to fifth place on the log and must win their last away match at Heartland on May 26 to stand any chance of qualifying for the playoff.

However, Kano Pillars yesterday sealed their playoff ticket with a convincing 3-0 win against Delta Force.

Pillars inspirational captain, Rabiu Ali scored the opener from the spot before Auwalu Ali Malam and Yusuf Maigoro scored a goal each in the 47th and 57 minute respectively for the home side.

In Makurdi, Lobi Stars subdued hard fighting Wikki Tourists 2-1. The victory came few hours after the death of Lobi Stars technical adviser, Solomon Ogbeide.

Bendel Insurance also fought hard in benin to beat Sunshine Stars 1-0 to make bright their chances of surviving the relegation fight.

Elsewhere, Rangers pipped Rivers United 1-0 in Enugu, Kwara United defeated an already relegated Remo Stars 2-1 to give themselves hopes of survival, and Enyimba showed their superiority over an already relegated Niger Tornadoes with a 2-1 victory in Aba.

MFM FC of Lagos defeated Katsina United 2-1 as they battle for a second a second place finish in group A.

In Uyo, Akwa United failed to widen the gap at the top as they were held 2-2 by visiting Abia Warriors, Plateau United also defeated relegated Yobe Stars 2-0 in Jos while Gombe United defeated Heartland 1-0.

Nasarawa United however climbed up to 4th position despite playing out 2-2 draw with Go Round in Lafia.

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