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LOBI STARS BACK ON TOP; RIVERS DROP POINT AND OTHER RESULTS OF NPFL MATCHDAY 17

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Lobi 2-1 Nasarawa UnitedLobi Stars have opened a two-point gap at the top after other front runners, Plateau United and Rivers United dropped points 
Lobi pipped Nasarawa United 2-1 in a tie between two teams at contrasting ends of the league table while Rivers drew nil-all at home with Wikki Tourists and MFM held Plateau nil-all also at Agege.

Lobi scored early in the match (8minutes) through former youth international, Chigozie Obasi but they struggled before getting the second goal at the Aper Aku Stadium, Makurdi in the first minute of stoppage time. Ohanachom would reduce the deficit for Nasarawa United early in the second half to make it a nail-biting win for Lobi.
Lobi are now top of the log on 31 points from 16 games, with a game at hand while Nasarawa United returned to the bottom of the table with13 points from 16 games.
Akwa United 3-1 Heartland
It was a case of touching the Tiger by the tail at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium, Uyo where Heartland netted first but got bashed 3-1 by Akwa United.
The Naze Millionaires got the curtain-raiser in the 15th minute through Chukwuemeka Obioma who bagged his second of the season.
But the lead only lasted four minutes as Ndifreke Effiong leveled scores while Akaradut Orok, in his first start after injury layoff put the home side in the lead on 38 minutes. Effiong put the icing on the cake for his sixth goal of the season in the 54th minute.


Akwa United moved to the sixth spot on the log on 26 points from 17 games but Heartland dropped to the 11th position with 22 points.

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Abia Warriors 1-0 Warri Wolves 
Warri Wolves thought they had secured another hard fought draw at the Umuahia Township Stadium but were undone by a late goal scored by Abia Warriors’ new signing, Okon Otop Eta in the 90th minute of the tie.

Wolves’ last minute collapse cost them a crucial away point but the win lifted Abia Warriors to the seventh spot on the log on 24 points from 17 games while dropped to the 14th position with 20 points.


MFM 0-0 Plateau United
Abdu Maikaba and his wards in Plateau United delivered on their pre match expectations as they were held by MFM to a goalless draw at the Soccer Temple, Agege Stadium, Lagos.
Maikaba had said days before the game that he had told his players to turn a new leaf in the aftermath of their recent poor form away from home and his boys responded in style not allowing the Olukoya Boys a sniff at the three points.
The draw leaves Plateau United in second place behind Lobi Stars with 29 points from 17 games. MFM are 9th on the log with 23 points from 16 games.


Sunshine Stars 2-2 Kano Pillars
Both teams were unbeaten before the start of hostilities at the Ondo State Sports Complex, Akure and still ended the tie all square at 2-2
Anthony Omaka and Auwalu Ali were the stars of the game with a brace each by both of them for Sunshine Stars and Kano Pillars respectively. 
Omaka put the home team in the ascendancy in the 36th and 61st minutes but Auwalu restored parity for Sai Masu Gida on both occasions in the 49th and 70th minutes.


Adamawa United 2-1 Kwara United
Adamawa United got a rare three points to boost their survival chances after a close 2-1 home win against Kwara United at the Pantami Stadium, Gombe.
But they had to secure the three points in a hard way after they went behind to Alao Danbani’s 14th minute stunner. Idris Abubakar leveled up the scores in the 36th minute before Isa Garba got what turned out to be the winning goal just on the stroke of halftime.


Katsina United 1-0 FC IfeanyiUbah
10-man Katsina United pipped FC IfeanyiUbah to a lone goal in a game decided at the Muhammadu Dikko Stadium, Katsina without fans on the stands.
The Chanji Boys struck as early as the third minute through Tasiu Lawal who scored his eighth goal of the season to overtake Enugu Rangers’ new signing, Isreal Abia who has been stuck on seven goals for quite some time.

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