NPFL MATCH DAY 19: ABIA WARRIORS GETS A LIFELINE AS YOBE DESERT STARS ARE RELEGATED
ESSE KELVIN AZUKA
A solitary strike from veteran defender SOLOMON KWAMBE was all defending NPFL CHAMPIONS, LOBI STARS of MAKURDI needed to pick all three points in their MATCH DAY 19 home clash against AITEO CUP defending champions RANGERS FC of ENUGU.
The goal scored in the 2nd minute of added time in the first half gave the PRIDE OF BENUE the bragging rights and maximum points.
Meanwhile in another encounter, DELTA FORCE of ASABA got a vital away win against EL-KANEMI WARRIORS of MAIDUGURI, goals from UFUOMA AJAMIKOKO in the 32nd minute and another one from EGBO OTUKHE in the 9th minute of the added time in the second half gave the away team a 2-0 victory.
It was a six-goal thriller in OKIGWE during the ORIENTAL DERBY between hosts HEARTLAND FC and ABIA WARRIORS, the boys from UMUAHIA were better than their hosts by 2-4.
In LAGOS MFM FC came from behind to salvage a point against relegation threatened REMO STARS of SAGAMU. That game ended 1-1.
VICTOR CHIDUME scored for the visitors in the 22nd minute of the first half while AKANNI ELIJAH equalized for the OLUKOYA BOYS in the 60th minute.
In other games, GODSPOWER ANIEFIOK ,15th minute strike for AKWA UNITED of UYO against YOBE DESET STARS confined the boys from DAMATURU to another loss and thus become the first team to be relegated in the 2018/19 NPFL ABRIGED FOOTBALL LEAGUE season.
IN OTHER RESULTS:
BENDEL INSURANCE 2-1 KATSINA UTD
ENYIMBA INT’L 1-1 WIKKI TOURISTS
KANO PILLARS 2-0 GO-ROUND FC
MFM FC 1-1 REMO STARS
PLATEAU UTD 2-1 NASARAWA UTD
SUNSHINE STARS 1-0 NIGER TORNADOES
A total of ELEVEN GAMES were played, SIX HOME WINS were recorded, TWO AWAY WINS and THREE DRAWS, A total of 23 goals were scored.