Plateau United football club have returned to the summit of the Nigeria Professional Football League table after a hard-fought 1-0 win against visiting Wikki Tourists in a matchday 17 encounter on Sunday evening.
Plateau’s goal was scored by Reuben Bala from the penalty spot in the 57th minute of play, following a handball inside the penalty area. With the victory, Plateau United are now on 31 points, a point ahead of both Elkanemi Warriors and MFM FC.
Though MFM FC lost their last away game narrowly to Gombe United by 2-1, their two consecutive away draw to both tough opponents like Enyimba and Wikki Tourists gave pundits impression that the worst the Olukoya Boys will get in Lafia will be another draw. Alas! MFM fc were thrashed 4-0 away to Nasarawa United.
Goals from Adamu Hassan, Yinka Onaolapo (61st minute), Anthonin Oussou (83rd minute) and Abdulrahman Bashir (86th minute) secured the emphatic win for the solid miners.
With this heavy defeat, MFM drop to third position in the league table.
Former NPFL champions Kano Pillars lost 1-0 to El-Kanemi Warriors in Maiduguri.
The only goal of the game was scored by Mathias Samuel on 53 minutes.
El-Kanemi have now gone up to second position on 30 points. It is the 22nd home victory for Elkanemi since they returned home.
In the Oriental derby at the UJ Esuene Stadium in Calabar, Enyimba came from a goal down to beat champions Rangers 2-1.
Daniel Etor gave Rangers the perfect start with a seventh minute goal.
Enyimba hit back through substitute Samuel Chukwude in the 55th minute.
And in the 88th minute, Enyimba completed the comeback with Mfon Udoh scoring the winner.
In Uyo, Akwa United defeated Shooting Stars 4-2.
Friday Ubong opened the scoring on 11 minutes before a hat-trick from Alhassan Ibrahim in the 28th, 36th and 44th minute, gave Akwa a 4-0 half-time lead. Ibrahim now has nine league goals and he’s the 3rd hat-rick scorer in the league this season after Stephen Odey of MFM and Reuben Bala of Plateau United.
Shooting Stars pulled a goal back through Moses James on 58 minutes. Taiwo Shittu made it 4-2 on 90 minutes but it was too little too late as Akwa held on.
In other results, Niger Tornadoes playing at home beat Lobi Stars 2-1, Sunshine Stars lost 2-1 away to IfeanyiUbah, hosts Abia Warriors beat ABS 2-0, Gombe pipped visiting Rivers United 1-0 and Remo edged Katsina United 1-0.
Total number of 25 goals were scored in 10 matches while all the home teams won their games this weekend.