Connect with us

News

2019 NPFL PLAYOFF MD 2: Akwa United, Rangers Win, As Kano Pillars Edge Enyimba

Published

on

Matchday 2 of the NPFL Championship Play-offs provided interesting results which further leave the favorites to win the 2019 NPFL season under uncertainty.

Winners on matchday 1, Lobi Stars were beaten by Rangers who lost to Enyimba on Monday while Kano Pillars and Akwa United who shared the spoils on an opening day beat the Aba Elephants and FC Ifeanyi Ubah respectively.

AKWA UNITED V FC IFEANYI UBAH – 3 PM

FT Score: 2-1

Goalscorers: Emmanuel Ugwuka 33″ (FCIU), Cyril Olisema 48″ 60″(p) (Akwa United)

Akwa United finally got a win to their Championship Play-offs campaign to a winning start after the 2-2 draw against Pillars on Tuesday. The promise keepers, however, had to come back from a goal down to hit a 2-1 win over FC Ifeanyi Ubah who have now lost the second straight game so far.

Rafael Everton tutored side conceded first for the second game running after just 33 minutes after Emmanuel Ugwuka slotted home from a Chibuike Eze’s excellent through pass.

However, the second half proved more fruitful for Akwa United as they scored four minutes after the break through Cyril Olisema who tucked in a rebound from FC Ifeanyi Ubah’s goalkeeper Chinedu Anozie who saved smartly from a long shot.

The forward stepped up again on the hour mark to slot home a penalty after a cross into the box was handled by the opposition defender. The win finally sees Akwa United put an end to a winless run which would have extended to five on the night.

They face Rangers next on Sunday 9th of June by 7 pm while FC Ifeanyi Ubah would hope to win against Pillars when they face off 3 pm the same day to keep any hope of CAF competition qualification alive.

Lineups

Akwa United: Ojo Olorunleke, Etboy, Juwon Oshaniwa, Marshal, Denis, Adou, Godspower, Ndifreke Effiong, Mfon Udoh, Charles, Alberico Da Silva

SUB: Iwu, Elu, Kodjovi, Olisema, Fernando, Obata, Ocheme.

FC Ifeanyi Ubah: Chinedu Anozie 2. Promise James 3. Chinonso Udeh 8. Ikenna Cooper 6. Charles Okafor 30. Jimoh Gbadamosi 14. Emmanuel Ugwuka 26. Tega Ebetomame 9. Chijioke Alaekwe 25. Chibuike Ezeh 29. Christian Nnaji

SUB: Anthony Okoro 5. Matthew Emmanuel 10. Nansel Bussa 13. Didi Komboye 15. Onuoha Chukwujekwu 16. Nonso Nzediegwu 24. Uche Ihuarulam

WHAT THE COACHES SAID

Akwa United Coach

 

FC Ifeanyi Ubah Coach

 

RANGERS V LOBI STARS

FT Score: 2-1

Goalscorers: Godwin Aguda 15″ (Rangers) Chiamaka Madu 28″ (Rangers), Sikiru Alimi 59″ (Lobi)

Rangers international put behind them their opening day loss to Enyimba with a 2-1 victory over Lobi Stars to put their title hopes back alive.

The Gbenga Ogunbote tutored side started brightly early into the game and were duly rewarded with a goal from Godwin Aguda fifteen minutes into the game.

Chiamaka Madu made it 2-0 just before the half-hour to further extend the lead but Lobi stras who were poor in the first half started gun blazing in the second half as Sikiru Alimi scored his second goal in 2games on the hour mark.

However, despite the end to end exchange from both sides in the second half the scored remained unchanged for the remaining half hour of the game thus putting an end to Lobi’s 10games unbeaten run.

Lineups

Rangers: Nana Bonsu, Tope Olusesi, Ugwu Uwadiegwu, Tony Shimaga, Semiu Liadi, Isiaka Oladuntoye, Godwin Aguda, Chiamaka Madu, Bobby Clement, Ajani Ibrahim, Michael Uchebo

SUB: Japhet Opubo, Christian Madu, Ousmane Pape Sane, Ugochukwu Ugwuoke, Ifeanyi Egwim, Ifeanyi George, Felix Ogbuke

Lobi: Egbe Ospino, John Lazarus, Ebube Duru, Otakho Alex Aghahowa, Kwambe Solomon, Bashiru Olawale, Ojudigha Ezekiel, Kadiri Timileyin Samad, Sikiru Alimi, Samuel Mathias, Kelly Oahimijie Kester

SUB: Kayode Olufemi, Bunde Moses, Nzekwesi Andrew, Oluwadamilare Ojo, Tiza Iorwuese, Michael Stephen, Ogunye Austine

WHAT COACHES SAID

Rangers Coach

 

Lobi Stars Coach

 

KANO PILLARS V ENYIMBA

Ft Score: 2-0
Goalscorers: Adamu Hassan (76″), Nyima Nwugua (80″)

The third game of the night saw the first fixture between the two heavyweights this season however the much-anticipated game was abandoned a minute before half time as heavy rain rendered the game unplayable and resumed early on Friday morning.

The second half of the game prove more interesting and eventful as Enyimba were awarded a penalty in the 60th minute after a foul by Chris Madaki on substitute Bashir Abdulrahman.

However, Ifeanyi Anaemena’s poor penalty kick moments later was saved by Suraj Ayeleso and the people’s elephant were made to pay for it as Adamu Hassan scored for Pillars 16 minutes later while Chris Madaki made up for his error by providing a cross on the 80th minutes which was headed in by Nyima Nwugua for his second goal of the competition.

Lineups

Kano Pillars: Surajo Ayeleso, Victor Dennis,
Chris Madaki, Adeshola David, Emmanuel Anyanwu, Sunday Chinedu, Auwalu Ali Malam,Alassan Ibrahim, David Ebuka, Rabiu Ali (c), Nwagua Nyima

SUB: Danladi Isah, Austin Uzochukwu Ayaya, Fahad Usman, Nzube Anaezemba, Adamu Hassan, Yusuf Maigoro, Gambo Muhammad

Enyimba: Theophilus Afelokhai, Andrew Abalogu, Ifeanyi Anaemena, Nelson Ogbonnaya, Nasiru Sani, Thomas Zenke, Dare Olatunji, Austin Oladapo, Ikechukwu Ibenegbu, Joseph Osadiaye, Ibrahim Mustapha.

SUB: Fatau Daudu, Ernest Governor, Stephen Mango, Bright Emmanuel, Chukwuka Onuwa, Reuben Bala, Bashir Abdulrahman

 

#SupportNPFL

 

 

 

(Visited 139 times, 1 visits today)

Daniel is a passionate lover of Nigerian football. Follows local football and the national teams religiously. Aside from writing, he also does Sports analysis on Radio. Write to me on danycrusoe@gmail.com or follow me on twitter@danycrusoe95

Advertisement

TRANSFER NEWS

Europe2 days ago

Official: CD Leganes Secure The Services Of Success Makanjuola

La Liga side, CD Leganes, have officially secure the services of Success Makanjuola, the Flying Eagles star who completed a...

Europe6 days ago

Karim Adeyemi, Barcelona’s Top Priority Transfer Target

La Liga champion FC Barcelona are ready to splash out €8m for Salburg youngster Karim Adeyemi to continue with their...

La Liga1 month ago

I Don’t Know If Barcelona Did Everything Possible To Ensure Neymar’s return – Messi

With Neymar‘s potential transfer to Barcelona dominating the summer headlines, captain Lionel Messi feels the club could have done a little more to bring the...

Europe2 months ago

Official: Nigeria U20 Midfielder Nnamdi Oforborh Joins Wycombe Wanderers

Nigeria U20 midfielder Nnamdi Ofoborh has joined English League One side Wycombe Wanderers on a season-long loan from Bournemouth. The...

La Liga2 months ago

Official: Nacho Monreal Completes £225,000 Real Sociedad Move On A Two-year Deal

Arsenal left-back Nacho Monreal has completed his move from Emirates to Real Sociedad to end a six-and-a-half-year spell with the...

Europe2 months ago

Neymar Comeback: Rakitic Agrees, Dembele Not Comfortable Becoming A Bargaining Chip

Ousmane Dembele could be the final part of a long transfer adventure that is meant to bring Neymar back to...

Europe3 months ago

Official: Arsenal Secure The Signing Of Nicolas Pepe

Arsenal have confirmed the signing of Nicolas Pepe from Lille for a reported fee of £72million. The lanky winger becomes...

Europe3 months ago

Official: PSG Secure The Service Of Idrissa Gueye For A Reported Fee Of £25m

​Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain have completed the signing of midfielder Idrissa Gueye from Everton for an undisclosed fee, thought to...

Bundesliga3 months ago

Official : RB Liepzig Have Completed A €20m Deal For Ademola Lookman

Bundesliga side, RB Leipzig, have  completed a €20m deal for Ademola Lookman on a permanent basis from Premier League side,...

Europe3 months ago

Real Madrid To Fund €150m Paul Pogba Pursuit From Gareth Bale Cash On

​Real Madrid will use the money freed up by selling Gareth Bale to lure Manchester United’s Paul Pogba to the...

Trending

Powered by Live Score & Live Score App
Loading...
%d bloggers like this: