NPFL: Late penalties rescue Gombe, Remo and Lobi Stars

NPFL: Late penalties rescue Gombe, Remo and Lobi Stars

There were second half penalties in three of the five rescheduled Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) matches decided on Sunday as Akwa United stretched their unbeaten run to six games while Remo Stars enjoyed their first win in Sagamu this season.

Akwa United were almost going to record their second away win of the season after coming from behind to lead in Gombe but Rafael Everton’s Promise Keepers were denied late on by Usman Musa’s 89th minute penalty. Musa’s deflected effort had given Ladan Bosso’s men a 26th minute lead but youngster Emmanuel Charles pulled Akwa level on his first team debut before he then set up Mfon Udoh’s seventh goal of the season in the 84th minute. 2-2 the final scores.

Remo Stars defeated ten-man Wikki Tourists 2-1, full credit to Victor Mbaoma’s 89th minute penalty. Adeola Lanre Runsewe (pictured) gave the hosts the lead in the 20th minute but Adesina Gata, on his Wikki debut headed his side level in the 36th minute. Ahmed Jimoh was dismissed for the Tourists late in the first half.

Champions League representatives Lobi Stars failed to win at home for the first time this season as they were held 1-1 by Katsina United. Martins Usule stunned the home fans with a well-taken goal in the 12th minute but in-form Ivorian, Yaya Kone scored the equaliser for Solomon Ogbeide’s side

It was a day for the Kabirus in Kaduna as Kada City defeated stubborn Yobe Desert Stars 2-1 at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium. Ageless Kabiru Sanusi headed the hosts in front in the 18th minute but Phillip Auta levelled matters for his side. Substitute defender Kabiru Sarki Adewale also produced a header of his own for the winner two minutes from time to pile more misery on under-fire Yobe coach Ngozi Elechi.

The day’s last game also ended in a stalemate between Bendel Insurance and Enyimba at the UNIBEN Sports Complex in Benin City as Insurance draw at home for consecutive games.

The Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) is currently observing its mid-season break.

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