NPFL: Pillars fall on FCIU; Rangers contain Remo Stars

NPFL: Pillars fall on FCIU; Rangers contain Remo Stars

Kano Pillars FC hammered Group B rivals FC Ifeanyiubah (FCIU) 3-0 in one of three rescheduled Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) matches decided on Wednesday while Rangers International contained Remo Stars in a 0-0 draw in Sagamu.

Ifeanyiubah had beaten the Kano based side penultimate Sunday 1-0 in Nnewi but the mighty Pillars fell on the Anambra Warriors at the Sani Abacha Stadium on Wednesday with forward Nyima Nwagua (pictured celebrating) netting the first two goals in each half.

Midfielder Rabiu Ali rounded off the scoring in the 75th minute from the penalty spot to send Kano Pillars to within two points of group leaders Akwa United and one behind FCIU.

The other two games decided on Wednesday were in Group A and they ended in stalemates. For the second time in four days, Lobi Stars and ten-man Niger Tornadoes played out a dramatic 2-2 draw, this time at Lobi’s Aper Aku Stadium.

Tornadoes whose management issued a three-game ultimatum to its playing and coaching staff two days ago took a shock lead through Jibrin Mustapha in the eighth minute but Lobi’s Ivorian import, Yaya Kone levelled scores from the penalty spot in first half stoppage time.

After both sides cancelled each other out in the second half, the visitors once again went in front through the scorer of their two goals on Sunday, Mohammed Aliyu Goyi. The Nigeria 2009 star headed home Olayinka Yusuf’s cross nine minutes from time but Michael Stephen rescued a point for Lobi in the 93rd minute.

In Sagamu, Rangers were unable to reenact Sunday’s five-goal performance against Remo Stars but were still able to secure a point in a 0-0 draw between both sides.

Both Rangers and Lobi remain third and fourth respectively on the table with sixteen points, six adrift of group leaders MFM FC but with both teams still having more outstanding games to play. Niger Tornadoes and Remo Stars remain in their bottom and second from bottom positions respectively in Group A.

A full programme of Match Day 13 activities will hold this weekend across all centres in Groups A and B.

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