After a two-year absence on TV screens, the Nigerian Professional Football League made a return on Monday as all the match day four encounters were broadcasted live with all matchday five encounters on Wednesday to be shown live as well.
However, what was a positive moment for the local league football turned sour as a last minute penalty awarded to Rangers by centre referee, Quadri Adebimpe in the game between the Flying Antelopes and Kano Pillars led to a violent end to the game.
As Godwin Aguda converted the spot kick to grab a point for the ten-man Aiteo cup Champions, Kano Pillars skipper Rabiu Ali, confronted the referee which led to the Sai Masu Gida fan encroaching the pitch aiming at the match officials who fled for their safety.
In the other games, there was less controversies as Akwa United and Lobi Stars played out a goalless draw in the second game while Enyimba piled more miseries on FC Ifeanyi Ubah who are still pointless with just a game to go beating the Anambra Warriors by 3 goals to 1.
RANGERS V KANO PILLARS
Ft Scores: 1-1
Goalscorers: Godwin Aguda (90, p)-Rangers, Rabiu Ali (58)-Kano Pillars
After a goalless first half, Kano pillars skipper Rabiu Ali scored a brilliant free kick just 2minutes before the hour mark.
Rangers were reduced to ten men after Tope Olusesi got his second booking of the night in the 73rd minute and from then on it looked like three points sealed for the Sai Masu Gida.
However, a reckless challenge on Ifeanyi Egwim by a Kano pillars defender in the box saw the referee point to the spot and Aguda made no mistake to hand the Enugu team a point from a losing position.
With the game in it’s closing stages Kano pillars fans encroached the pitch after the team’s skipper Rabiu Ali seemed to have shoved the referee with other Pillars officials on the bench getting involved, it is now left to be seen what sanctions will be placed on the team by the LMC.
Rangers: 31. Opubo Japhet 20. Tope Olusesi 3. Ugwu Uwadiegwu 26. Tony Shimaga 5. Pape Ousmane Sane 19. Semiu Liadi 10. Ugochukwu Ugwuoke 30. Chiamaka Madu 9. Michael Uchebo 28. Bobby Clement 2. Godwin Aguda
Subs : 16. Femi Thomas 11. Chidera Ezeh 14. Felix Ogbuke 18. Akpos Adubi 21. Christian Madu 22. Solomon Okpako 35. Ifeanyi Egwim
Kano Pillars: 23. Suraj Ayeleso 27. Victor Dennis 11. Chris Madaki 34. Adeshola David Ademola 14. Emmanuel Anyanwu 26. Sunday Chinedu 8. Alassan Ibrahim 16. Auwal Ali Malam 28. Nyima Nwagua 10. Rabiu Ali 24. Ebuka David Odenigbo
Subs: 31. Ibrahim Idrissu 4. Nzube Anaezemba 9. Gambo Mohammed 13. Fahad Usman 17. Yusuf Maigoro 19. Adamu Hassan 29. Austine Uzochukwu
AKWA UNITED V LOBI STARS
Ft Scores: 0-0
Lobi Stars of Markurdi’s chances of booking a Continental ticket suffered a setback as the team played out a drab goalless draw with Akwa united.
After losing two consecutive games, the 2018 Champions needed to win against the promise keepers to stay in contention to retain the trophy and boost their chances of picking a CAF competition spot, however, they we’re toothless against a side that has conceeded six goals in three games.
Lobi sits fifth with four points from 4 games and needs to win in the last game against Enyimba and hope Akwa United and Rangers lose their last game.
Akwa United on the other hand will face Rangers who also need a win in a winner takes all game on Wednesday to book a return to the continent
Akwa United: Emmanuel Iwu 22, Etboy Akpan 29, Juwon Oshaniwa 17, Ubong Essien 36, Denis Nya 6, Blaise Adou 27, Wisdom Fernando 25, Aniefiok Godspower 7, Ndifreke Effiong 21, Marshal Johnson 14, Cyril Olisema 26
SUBS : Jean Efala 18, Wilson Elu 15, Kodjovi Dadzie 31
Christopher Lolo 32, Alberico Da Silva 8, Ocheme Edoh 19Mfon Udoh 9
Lobi Stars: 30 Olufemi Kayode; 24 John Lazarus, 3 Ebube Duru, 18 Solomon Kwambe, 23 Bashiru Olawale, 25 Austine Ogunye, 26 Oluwadamilare Ojo, 37 Ezekiel Ojudigha, 9 Sikiru Alimi, 19 Samuel Mathias, 14 Samad Kadiri
SUBS : 28 Charles Tambe; 17 Moses Bunde, 36 Andrew Nzekwesi, 39 Tiza Iorwuese, 10 David Tyavkase, 15 Najeem Olukokun, 11 Kelly Oahimijie Kester
ENYIMBA V FC IFEANYI UBAH
Ft Scores: 3-1
Goalscorers: Reuben Bala (19,43), Abdulrahman Bashir (56)- Enyimba, Promise James (31)- FC Ifeanyi Ubah
Enyimba fc showed it’s supremacy over FC Ifeanyi Ubah who have failed to pick a point so far in the competition to go atop the Championship play-offs standing with a point above Kano pillars.
The Aba elephants led through Reuben Bala who scored the first of his first half brace in the 19th minute, while Promise James scored a well taken free kick in the 31st minute to temporarily half the deficit.
Reuben Bala struck again with 2 minutes to half after FC Ifeanyi Ubah’s Goalkeeper made a double save first from a long range effort and then from a rebound by Bala only to be beaten after spilling his initial effort.
Abdulrahman Bashir scored the third goal after being put through on goal and the result seed the Aba elephants in pole position to lift the NPFL trophy they last won in the 2014/2015 season
Enyimba: 1 Theophilus Afelokhai, 23 Stanley Okorom, 6 Ernest Governor, 24 Nelson Ogbonnaya, 5 Ifeanyi Anaemena, Dare Olatunji, 7 Freedom Omofoman, 27 Reuben Bala, 22 Chinedu Udeagha, 13 Stanley Dimgba, 8 Bashir Abdulrahaman
SUBS :12 Fatau Dauda, 37 Johnson Umah, 31Stephen Manyo, 36 Bright Emmanuel, 14 Chukwuka Onuwa, 4 Orok Ibitham Gabriel, 18 Chinedu Udechukwu
FC Ifeanyi Ubah: Sharp Uzoigwe 21, Promise James 2, Chinonso Udeh 3, Charles Okafor 6, Onuoha Chukwujekwu 15, Jimoh Gbadamosi 30, Ebetomame Oghenetega 26,Emmanuel Ugwuka 14, Matthew Emmanuel 5, Chijioke Alaekwe (c) 9, Chibuike Ezeh 25
SUBS: Anthony Okoro 35, Ifeatu Onwugbenu 19, Didi Komboye 13, Uzoma Nwobi 32, Nnamdi Mejuobi 18, Nonso Nzediegwu 16, Uche Onuoha 11.