Nigeria: Rivers United Win to Sustain Pressure On Plateau United

Lafia — Rivers United yesterday defeated visiting FC IfeanyiUbah 1-0 to keep pressure on table toppers Plateau United who won 1-0 at neighbours Wikki Tourists in Bauchi to maintain their position on top of the table.

The NPFL week 23 matches played yesterday produced one away win, five home wins and two draws. However, the match between Adamawa United and Warri Wolves in Gombe was abandoned when the visiting team was leading 1-0 courtesy of Abu Azeez's goal in the 21st minute.

Among the three clubs in the running for this year's NPFL title, only Lobi Stars failed to win as they were held to 2-2 draw at home by Kano Pillars.

At look at the table shows that Plateau United are still first with 43 points, Rivers United are second with 42 points while Lobi Stars stay third on 40 points.

In Bauchi, league leaders Plateau United went in front through Sunday Anthony's strike in the 33rd minute and held on to win the maximum points.

At the Aper Aku stadium in Makurdi, Lobi Stars buoyed by the 1-0 victory at Kwara United in week 22 showed intent to win early as Carlos Galeya embarked on a mazy run from the right before curling the ball into the roof of the net for the opener in the 8th minute.

Samad kadiri doubled Lobi Stars lead from the spot in the 18th minute but inform Auwalu Ali rose highest to nod in Rabiu Ali's corner in the 42 to reduce the deficit for his side before the break.

Auwalu Ali earned a point for Pillars when he got his brace in the 68th minute after Alaekwe cut in from the left to lay the ball on a plate for him score.

In Kano, Chinedu Onyelonu put visiting Kwara United ahead in the first minute of added time in the first half but second half goals by Peter Dogara and Emeka Obiora handed Jigawa Stars 2-1 victory.

There were slim victories at home for Sunshine Stars and Dakkada FC who beat Abia Warriors and Heartland 1-0 respectively.

While Rangers forced MFM to 0-0 draw in Lagos, the biggest winner was Nasarawa United who hammered Katsina United 3-0 in Lafia.

Highly experienced striker, Chinedu Ohanachom was the hero for the 'solid miners' as he hit his first hat-trick of the season to emerge Man of the match.

However, Nasarawa United's resounding victory was stained by the death of one of their players, Chineme Martins.

The player slumped in the first half of the match and was rushed to Dalhatu Araf Specialist Hospital in Lafia where he was confirmed dead.

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