NPFL Matchday 12 Review: Kano Pillars return to the top; Enyimba, Kwara United stumble at home as Nasarawa United, Plateau United win big


Kano Pillars have returned to the top of the Nigeria Professional Football League after they pipped Sunshine Stars 1-0 at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium, Kaduna on Wednesday in one of the Matchday 12 games.

A ninth minute goal from Nyima Nwagua was enough to hand precious three points to Sai Masu Gida who benefitted from Enyimba’s home draw against Akwa United to go top with 23 points from 12 games. Kwara United and Enyimba slipped to the second and the third spots with 22 points each but Abdullahi Biffo’s men who have played two games more than the People’s Elephant, are ahead on superior goals difference.

Enyimba by virtue of a late drama in Aba could only end up with a point at the Enyimba International Stadium, Aba. Captain fantastic, Austin Oladapo put the People’s Elephant in the ascendancy in the 54th minute but Akwa United equalised deep into stoppage time through Philip David in the 94th minute. The Promise Keepers kept their sixth position with 19 points because of the priceless away draw in Aba. It was the first time Fatai Osho’s men will fail to pick maximum points in Aba this season.

Wikki Tourist pipped Enugu Rangers 2-1 after another late goal settled the result at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa stadium, Bauchi. Ibrahim Sale’s 95th-minute strike earned the home team full points. Israel Abia had earlier In the 58th minute drawn the Flying Antelopes level- his fourth goal of the season after Idris Guda’s penalty goal for the Giant Elephants in the 40th minute. Wikki moved into the top 10 with 16 points from 12 games while the bruised Flying Antelopes slid to the seventh spot with 20 points from the same number of matches.

Kwara United surrendered their 100 percent home record also this campaign against Abia Warriors. Imama Amapakabo’s men shocked the sparse audience at the stadium with the lead in the 66th minute through Mustapha Jubrin but a late minute goal from Alao Danbani saved the Harmony Boys’ blushes. Abia Warriors moved to the 15th spot with 13 points and are on three-game unbeaten streak.

Nasarawa United and Plateau United also thrashed FC IfeanyiUbah and Jigawa Golden Stars 3-0 each to move to the fourth and the 12th spots with 20 and 14 points respectively.


Today Heartland host Dakkada, Katsina United face MFM and Adamawa United test Lobi Stars’ might in Katsina and Gombe in that order.


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