NPFL Week 19 Round Up: Lobi Stars Still Top, Lokosa Scores Goal Number 16

Lobi Stars of Markudi maintained top spot in the NPFL table after a dramatic 1-1 draw in Akure, Lobi Stars scored what looked like the winning goal through Samad Kadiri in the 89th minute only to concede an equaliser deep into added time as Jide Fatokun scored for the host to give them a point.

In Umuahia, Abia Warriors defeated Rivers United 2-1 to move up to 10th on the league table, this is the sixth win of the campaign for Abia Warriors. El Kanemi Warriors overcame Nasarawa United 2-0 in Maiduguri through goals by Antonio Desousa and Michael Ohanu to hand the Lafia based team their 11th defeat of the season.

Rangers international was rampant in Enugu as they put three goals past visiting Wikki Tourist of Bauchi, Godwin Aguda opened the scoring in the 35th minute and Christian Madu added the second in the 71st before Kelvin Itoya completed the scoring in the 76th minute. Enugu Rangers are now 5th on the log with 28 points from 19 games.

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At the U.J Esuene stadium in Calabar,  Enyimba were held to a goalless draw by Akwa United, also in Omuoku Go Round could not find the back of the net as they were held to a goalless draw by visiting Ifeanyi Ubah United.

The Sani Abacha stadium in Kano was set alight with a brace scored by Junior Lokosa to end his goal drought, this takes Lokosa’s tally for the season to 16 goals. Lokosa scored in the 14th and 47th minute to give Kano Pillars a 2-0 victory over struggling Heartland of Owerri, this is the 9th lost of the campaign for Heartland and they remain rooted to the bottom of the NPFL table with 15 points from 19 matches.

In Minna, Niger Tornadoes defeated hard fighting MFM of Lagos 1-0 through a goal scored by Abubakar Ndayebo in the 13th minute. Niger Tornadoes are now second on the table, four points adrift of league leaders Lobi Stars.

Defending champions Plateau United managed a lone goal victory over Katsina United in Jos, Emmanuel Odafe scored the only goal in the 56th minute to help Plateau United record a 9th win of the season. Plateau United are now fourth on the league table with 3 games in hand.

Yobe Desert Stars and Kwara United shared the points in Damaturu as the match ended goalless despite the best efforts of the host, they could not find the back of the net. The single point ensured that Kwara United is now four points clear of bottom team Heartland on the NPFL table.



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