High-flying Plateau United extended their lead on top of the Nigeria Professional Football League table to four points after a comfortable 2-0 win over El-Kanemi Warriors in Jos on Wednesday.
Playing in front of the governor of Plateau State, Solomon Lalong at the Rwang Pam Stadium, United went ahead in the 12th minute through Beninoise defender, Salomon Junior who headed home Daniel Itodo’s long throw-in.
The Kennedy Boboye-led side wrapped up victory one minute before the break through Jimmy Ambrose whose 35-metre effort caught Warriors goalkeeper Kazeem Yekeen napping. Victory takes United to 17 points from seven games.
Third-placed Abia Warriors were denied a chance to move into second place by their bogey team, Sunshine Stars in Umuahia.
The visitors who have won in the duo’s last three encounters stunned their hosts just before half time through Joseph Abiodun’s goal but Nigeria’s Olympic star, Ndifreke Effiong equalized for Warriors at the restart.
In Sagamu, winger Chidiebere Ajoku scored his fourth goal in as many matches to give Niger Tornadoes a 1-0 away win over newly promoted Remo Stars. Ebenezer Odeyemi once again provided the assist for Ajoku whose goal provisionally lifts Tornadoes to 10th on the log.
It was Tornadoes’ first away win in Nigeria’s top flight since June 2011 when they beat ABS FC in Ilorin.
Gombe United left it late to secure a 1-0 win over Nasarawa United at the Pantami Stadium. Austine Oladapo’s 83rd minute goal was all the Manu Garba led side needed to break Nasarawa’s obstinate defence.
With four matches put off this midweek due to this weekend’s continental engagements, two more Matchday 7 fixtures will hold on Thursday. Enyimba will host Akwa United in Calabar while ABS FC will entertain MFM in Ilorin.
Remo Stars 0 – 1 Niger Tornadoes
Plateau United 2 – 0 El-Kanemi Warriors FC
Gombe United FC 1 – 0 Nasarawa United FC
Abia Warriors 1 – 1 Sunshine Stars
Curled from NPFL