Rangers Extend Lead, Pillars Crack, Sunshine Burn El-Kanemi

Rangers of Enugu on Sunday stretched their lead of the Nigeria Premier League to two points. They achieved the extension after a 1-0 away win to Giwa FC.

A 15th minute goal by Godwin Aguda was enough to separate both sides. Reports from Jos however added that the game was abandoned in the 87th minute. A technical report from the League Management Company is expected to follow.

In Port Harcourt, Kano Pillars were broken as Bernard Ovoke’s lone strike earned Rivers United a 1-0 home win over them in another Week 12 game. The former Bayelsa United forward registered the goal in the 77th minute after two very close attempts at goal by the United team in the first half. The goal was Ovoke’s first for the team since the Rivers teams merged.

Pillars captain Gambo Mohammed got injured on 15 minutes and had to be replaced by Joel Djondang.

Sunshine Stars were quite bright in Akure as they defeated El-Kanemi Warriors of Maiduguri 3-0. Okiki Afolabi opened scoring from the spot in the 15th minute. Isiaka Oladuntoye made it two from a corner kick four minutes into the second half. Another penalty kick was converted by Dayo Ojo in stoppage time to make it three.

El-Kanemi coach Ladan Bosso described the entire event of Sunday in Akure as a bad one for his team.

He told SuperSport, “Today (Sunday) is a bad day for us; we created as many as seven chances at goal without a goal to show for it.

“The defensive errors didn’t help us either as the home side made their chances count positively. I also do not understand the referee’s decision to award two penalties to Sunshine Stars while he completely overruled a just penalty call on our part.

“We will go back home to continue to work on our mistakes to come out a better side in subsequent matches.”

Barnabas Imenger scored in the 52nd minute off Tony Okpotu’s assist to give a Lobi 1-0 win over Akwa United in Makurdi.

In Nnewi, Okereke Maduabuchi scored the winner in the 55th minute as Ifeanyiubah got a 1-0 victory against Warri Wolves.

Niger Tornadoes also beat Ikorodu United 2-0 at the Confluence Stadium, Lokoja with Ismaila Gata grabbing a brace.

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