NPFL Match-day 18 Round up: MFM back to the league summit as Akwa United Victory led to violence in Kano

The Super Eagles Manager, Gernot Rohr was the distinguished guest inside the Soccer Temple as MFM FC thrashed

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Yomi Olabiyi: Assistant Referee 2 in Kano

El-Kanemi Warriors 3 goals to nil on Sunday  to reclaim the top spot in the Nigeria Professional Football League after Match-day 18 fixture.

A dominant first half performance saw the Olukoya Boys scoring all their goals in the first period over the visiting team.

Austine Ogunye got the curtain raiser in a 19th minute strike before Sikiru Olatunbosun doubled the lead in the 27th minute.

MFM gave themselves a breather when they scored their third goal late in the first half through Stephen Odey who was brought down in the box and stood up to convert the resultant penalty kick.

At the Sani Abacha Stadium, Kano Pillars suffered their first home defeat of the season following a 1-0 loss to Akwa United. Christian Pyagbara scored the only goal of the game in the 19th minute.

Kano fans resorted to violence after the match, invading the pitch and chasing the match officials off with dangerous objects. As a result of the violence, Segun Omowaye the Referee and his Assistant Referee 2, both from Lagos were badly injured.

Report says, the Chief Coach of the Kano Pillars, Kadiri Ikhana (MON) was not spared as he was beaten by the irate fans.

Akwa United players and officials were held up in the dressing room hours after the match  under heavy police protection. A scared Chairman of the club and veteran journalist, who called into Brila Sports, thanks the Nigerian Police for their effort as he said, “I’ve never been this scared all my life”.

In Bauchi, goals from Chukwudi, Lawal and Hussein in the 8th, 24th and 83rd minutes of play gave Wikki Tourists  3-1 winners over Gombe United who scored their consolation goal in the 59th minute through Shuaibu.

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A ball boy that was claimed attacked in Katsina by Enyimba Goalkeeper

In Katsina, Enyimba could not hold on to their lead as they were pegged back by Katsina United who went on to win 2-1.

Chinedu Ohanachom gave Enyimba the lead in the 21st minute.

But two second half goals from Obinna Eleje (46th minute) and Chinedu Udechukwu (83ed minute) completed the comeback for Katsina United.

In spite of Katsina United’s win, there were also reports of violent acts from Katsina fans who pelted the Enyimba bus with stones and injured some of the occupants. There was a claim that Enyimba Goalkeeper beat a ball boy.

Inside the Adamasingba Stadium Ibadan, Faleye Sunday and Asiri were the goal scorers as Shooting Stars secured a 2-1 win over Niger Tornadoes, who’s lone goal was scored by Ammeh.

Abubakar Bukola Saraki  fc ended their poor run with a hard-earned 1-0 win over Nasarawa United.Governor scored the homer only goal in the 88th minute.

Total number of 17 goals were scored in 9 games, Stephen Odey retains top spot in scorers chart having scored the 3rd goal in the MFM defeat to the Warriors from Bornu.

NPFL WEEK 18 RESULTS

Kano Pillars 0-1 Akwa Utd

Lobi Stars 0-0 FC Ifeanyi Ubah

Katsina Utd 2-1 Enyimba Int’l

Wikki Tourists 3-1 Gombe Utd

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An injured Akwa United Official

Rivers Utd 1-0 Abia Warriors

ABS FC 1-0 Nasarawa Utd

MFM FC 3-0 El-Kanemi Warriors

Shooting Stars 2-1 Niger Tornadoes

Sunshine Stars 1-0 Remo Stars

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