NPFL: Lobi Stars Reclaims Top Spot as MFM Spoils Pillars’ Unbeaten Run


Lobi Stars have returned to the summit of the NPFL after defeating Wikki Tourists 2-1 at home while MFM battered unbeaten Kano Pillars 3-1 to end the side 13-game run.

Lobi Stars who suffered a 1-0 loss at Jigawa Stars in week 18 to relinquish the top position to Plateau United stormed back to the top of the Nigeria Professional Football League with 35 points after a 2-1 home win over Wikki Tourists. Goals from Utibe Arit and Austin Oguneye was enough for the Makurdi side to secure victory, although Nasir Jibirn scored the visitor's consolatory goal.

Mountain of Fire and Miracles, MFM, Lagos demolished high flying Pillars 3-1 at the Agege township stadium in what was tagged the game of the day. Pillars set the game in motion after securing an early lead in the 34th minute through Auwalu Ali before Adewole Adeniji cancelled the lead to put MFM level in the 52nd minute before a brace by Clement Ogwu in the 65th and 81st minute denied Pillars a second away victory.

Plateau United played out a goaless draw with Dakkada FC in Uyo to earn 33 points. At the Muhammdu Dikko stadium, Joseph Atule scored his second goal of the season when he struck on the stroke of half time to give Katsina United the lead against Warri Wolves. Former Kano Pillars striker, Gambo Muhammad doubled Katsina United’s lead in the 55th minute before Charles Atshimene reduced the tally for his side from the spot in the 71st minute.

In the ‘Oriental derby’, Enyimba FC beat neighbours Abia Warriors 2-1. Austin Oladapo fired in a free-kick in added minutes of the first half to give the ‘Peoples elephants’ the lead but Otop Okon drew his side level in the 58th minute before Stanley Dimgba restored the lead in 76th minute to ensure Enyimba recorded back to back victories. Elsewhere FC IfeanyiUbah fell 0-2 at Sunshine Stars of Akure, Jigawa Golden Stars pipped Nasarawa United 1-0, strugglers Adamawa United edged Heartland 1-0 just as Konan N’Guan scored from the spot in the 67th minute to hand Rivers 1-0 win over Kwara United in Port-Harcourt. The fixture between Akwa United and Enugu Rangers ended 0-0 at the Godswill Akpabio international stadium in Uyo.