Rabiu Ali scored an eightieth minute winner for Kano Pillars towards Adamawa United on the Ahmadu Bello Stadium, Kaduna on Sunday to assist the Kano-based aspect safe a 1-0 victory within the Nigeria Skilled Soccer League, in Tremendous Eagles captain, Ahmed Musa’s first recreation since returning to the membership.
Pillars captain Ali handed Musa the captain’s armband earlier than kick-off as an indication of respect to the winger, who was returning to his boyhood membership for a second spell.
The Adamawa-based aspect, who’ve been the league’s whipping boys, curtailed Pillars for many a part of the tie, however Pillars had been handed a lifeline within the seventieth minute after Ali was upended contained in the field. The ahead, nonetheless, spilled the resultant penalty, blazing his effort extensive.
Ali nonetheless made amends 10 minutes later, operating onto a via move from Musa to offer Pillars a 1-0 win.
There have been 4 away victories recorded elsewhere on match-day 21 of the NPFL.
Nasarawa United secured a 2-1 victory over Wikki Vacationers on the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Stadium, Bauchi.
In Enugu, Godwin Aguda’s eighth minute objective was sufficient to assist Rivers United seal a 1-0 victory over Enugu Rangers, whereas Charles Atshimene’s brace within the eleventh and forty eighth minutes helped Akwa United safe a derby day victory over Dakkada FC.
In Ozoro, MFM noticed off hosts Warri Wolves 2-0 via objectives from Ifeanyi Onyebuchi within the twenty sixth minute and Clement Ogwu within the thirty ninth minute.
Sunshine Stars’ woes continued as they performed a barren draw towards visiting Jigawa Golden Stars. The Akure-based aspect have now didn’t win of their final 14 league video games – the final coming of their 3-1 victory over Enugu Rangers on January 31.
Heartland gained 2-0 at house towards Katsina United, whereas Kwara United and Lobi Stars defeated visiting Plateau United and FC IfeanyiUbah respectively by the identical margin.
After 21 video games, Akwa United are prime of the NPFL with 40 factors, similar as Pillars in second, whereas Kwara occupy the third place, only one level adrift. Rivers United full the highest 4 with 38 factors .
Adamawa are rooted to the underside of the log with 12 factors, whereas Sunshine, Wolves and IfeanyiUbah occupy the seventeenth, 18th and nineteenth positions respectively with 20, 20 and 17 factors.
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