NPFL Round Up: Giwa FC and Wikki Tourists keep pressure on leaders Enyimba

The Glo Nigeria Premier Football League resumed on Wednesday as nine games were played. Wins for Wikki Tourists and Giwa FC maintained the momentum of the title challengers as Enyimba avoided defeat in Lafia.  
El-Kanemi 1-2 Giwa FC
10-man Giwa FC recorded a sensational win away to El-Kanemi to keep league leaders Enyimba in sight. Goals from Charles Okoro and Ocheme Edoh in each half secured victory for the Jos side. Giwa FC finished the encounter with a man down after Nojeem Raji received his matching orders with 70 minutes on the clock. The win lifts Giwa FC one spot up to third and five points behind Enyimba with 4 games left. Wikki 2-1 FC Ifeanyi Ubah
A last minute goal from substitute Uche Martins earned Tourists a narrow win over Ifeanyi Ubah FC. Odera Onyiri had leveled matters for the visitors after Victor Yakubu had rifled home from the penalty spot following Saidu Mohammed's handling of the ball in his box. The two sides were locked together at one all, before Martins close range winner. Wikki climbed to second on the log with the win.
Heartland 1-0 Sharks
Heartland condemned Sharks to their 13th loss of the season with a solid 1-0 win in Owerri.
Fortune Omoniwari got the winning goal for the host in the 4th minute, the 15th win for the Imo state-based side this season.
Sharks are now a solitary point above the relegation zone and are at the risk of losing their Premier League status.   Shooting Stars 1-0 FC Taraba
The Oluyole Warriors maintained their top half appearance for the second consecutive week, the first time this season, with a thrilling win over struggling FC Taraba.
Chances were created by both sides but Salawu Ibrahim’s stunning first half free kick settled hostilities in Ibadan.
Nasarawa Utd 0-0 Enyimba
The cracker between the league leaders and the Miners ended in a boring, scoreless draw in Lafia.
The point earned by the Aba Elephants however takes them a step closer to the title they last won in 2012.
Kwara Utd 1-1 Bayelsa Utd
There was no victor, no vanquished when Kwara United played host to fellow relegation candidates Bayelsa United in Ilorin. The away side drew the first blood through James Nmaju but Bobga Sambo equalized for Kwara Utd on the stroke of half time.

Abia Warriors 2-0 Lobi
Abia Warriors were clearly the better side when they squared up against Lobi Stars at the Umuahia Township Stadium on Wednesday.
Two second half goals from Ifeanyi Onyeali and Ndifreke Effiong helped the hosts overcome a meek Lobi side that has once again been dragged into the relegation mix.
Dolphins 2-1 Kano Pillars
An amazing game played out in Port Harcourt where a Godbless Asamoah brace helped Dolphins to record a come-from-behind victory over the current NPFL champions. Adamu Hassan put Pillars in front when he finished a sweeping counter-attacking move.
The lead however lasted only ten minutes before the Ghanaian equalized for Dolphins with a superb chip over Pillars keeper.
The drama climaxed in the 90th minute when Asamoah scored the unlikely winner to give Dolphins a win that may be vital in their battle against the drop.

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