Sunusi Ibrahim and Anas Yusuf were the tormentors-in-chief as Nasarawa United defeated El-Kanemi Warriors 5-1 at the Lafia City Stadium in the 2018/2019 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) matchday 16 on Sunday.
Concise News reports that El-Kanemi came into the game in second position and hoped to consolidate their quest for a playoff spot but they met a heavy brick wall in Nasarawa United’s young side.
In Kano, Gombe United held Lano Pillars.
Hosts Pillars showed good resilience from the first to the last blast of the referee’s whistle in the match played at the Sani Abacha Stadium in Kano.
The home side, however, put much more pressure on Gombe United in the first half, resulting in a penalty kick in the 45th minute, which Rabiu Ali brilliantly converted.
Gombe United fought back in the second half, and Adamu Muhammad took advantage of a defensive mix-up in the 48th minute to equalise for the visitors.
NAN reports that Kano Pillars fans resorted to booing their team’s coach, Ibrahim Musa, in the second half.
That was after losing hope of their team winning the match.
Speaking later, Gombe United’s coach Ladan Bosso says his aim was to help his team pick the maximum points from the match in order to avoid relegation.
Bosso, however, says the match was a difficult one for his team and praises his players for fighting relentlessly to get the draw.
Kano Pillars now have 24 points from 16 games and will host Plateau United next week.
Meanwhile, Rangers International Football Club of Enugu beat MFM FC of Lagos 1-0 on Sunday to extend their lead in Group A to six points.
The sole goal of the match was scored by Pascal Seka in the 37th minute, with both teams missing several chances thereafter.
For Kwara United, they suffer a setback after playing goalless with Insurance.
Kwara United, coming off a two-game losing streak, were on the ascendancy for most parts of the match, dominating possessions but had little to show for it.
However, insurance dug in, allowing only four of Kwara United’s 21 shots to trouble Amas Obasogie in goal for the visitors, who was equal to them on every occasion.
In all, no home victory recorded on the matchday.
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