Plateau United consolidated their lead of the NPFL with a solid 2-1 win over Abia Warriors, while Rivers was held to a goalless draw by the Visiting team Lobi Stars and champions Rangers international were also held to a 1-1 draw by Niger Tornadoes at the Nnamdi Azikwe Stadium on Sunday.
Defending champions continued their run to defend the title as they were held by visiting Niger Tornadoes.
Rangers were denied twice by Niger Tornadoes goalkeeper Obinna Nwodo in the opening 15 minutes of the game while also parried series of long-range efforts and a free kick by Fortune Omotawari before he squandered what seems to be the best chance as at 19 minutes.Tornadoes also issued some threatened strike on the break luckily for Rangers goalkeeper Nana Bonsu who didn’t sleep off to deny Ebenezer Odeyemi in the 23minutes, the opener came at the 40th minutes when Godwin Aguda gracefully found the back of the net.
Unfortunately, the champions couldn’t maintain their lead just after five minutes when Tornadoes got free and launch a counterattack as Chidiebere Ajoku strike leave Nana Bonsu wondering where the ball went, putting the visitors back to level.
Plateau United got an early lead as Golbe Elisha put the Jos club ahead just after five minutes to the start of the game, 34th minute before Godwin Zaki stunning help put Abia Warriors back to the game, making it Zaki”s the third goal after Five matches this season.
Plateau then secured the match winner when Philip Azango slot home the ball following Kabiru Umar‘s penalty was partly saved by the Warriors goalkeeper.
The JIB Strikers now have a total of 13 points from five matches just three points above second place MFM FC
Meanwhile, league debutant Remo stars secure a 2-0 win over Elkanemi Warriors as Enyimba, ABS FC, MFM FC, Wikki Tourist and Gombe United all secure three points at home.
Matchday 5 results
Gombe United 2-0 Sunshine Stars
Plateau United 2-1 Abia Warriors
Remo Stars 2-0 Elkanemi Warriors
Wikki Tourists 3-1 FC Ifeanyi Ubah
Rivers United 0-0 Lobi Stars
MFM FC 1-0 Kano Pillars
Kastina United 1-1 Akwa United
ABS FC 2-0 Shooting Stars
Enyimba FC 2-1 Nasarawa United
Enugu Rangers 1-1 Niger Tornadoes.