Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) pioneers, Plateau United kept up its fight on the top flight with a 1-0 win over relegation battlers Remo Stars in a Matchday 21 clash in Jos on Sunday.
Hamzat Owolabi was the legend of the day as his strike in the 43rd minutes guaranteed that Plateau remains top of the table, the win takes Plateau United’s points haul to 39 from 21 games.
Elsewhere, El-Kanemi Warriors kept the pressure on the Jos-based club moving to the second spot on 36 points with a 2-1 triumph over Rivers United in Maiduguri. The Port Harcourt team was wanting to build on the success it recorded over FUS of Morocco in the CAF Confederation Cup.
Samuel Mathias, Warriors leading goal scorer added to his goal count when he converted a 10th-minute spot kick to give El-Kanemi a 1-0 lead. The goal was Mathias’ eleventh of the season, only three shy of NPFL top scorer MFM’s Stephen Odey who has 14 goals.
Bala Yahuza double the lead to make it 2-0 for El-Kanemi in the 81st minutes before Rivers United made it a nervy conclusion to the game as Onoriode Odah scored in the 92nd minute.
In the Oriental Derby, Sunday Adetunji scored his 10th and 11th goals of the season as Abia Warriors took the full preferred standpoint of playing at home by battering champions Rangers 4-0.
Adetunji opened the scoring in the 6th minute before Anthony Okemmiri smashed home the second in the 15th minute. In the 63rd minutes, Adetunji snatched his second goal to make it 3-0 before Obi Samson finished the defeat by scoring on 86 minutes.
El-Kanemi jumped MFM into second place in Minna, MFM’s has been in the struggle since the start of the second stanza of the NPFL, as they lost 3-0 to Niger Tornadoes. The Olikoya Boys had been held to a 0-0 draw a week ago by Akwa United.
Wilfred Ammeh and Wikili Abdullahi scored Tornadoes’ goals in the 37th, 45th and 51st minutes separately. MFM were without the duo of Odey and Sikiru Olatunbosun who are as of now in France with the Super Eagles.