NPFL WEEK 37 RESULTS…
So after a bolstering weekend of tense football action ,Enugu Rangers moved closer to ending their 32-year title drought following a 2-1 win against Ikorodu United at the MKO Abiola Stadium, Abeokuta on Sunday. The Flying antelopes took care of business like champions and now have thier fate firmly in their own hands.
Now top the standings with 60 points, Rangers need a point from their last fixture of the season against El-Kanemi Warriors in Enugu to win the title. Only a brave man will bet against them at this point.
Former Flying Eagles midfielder Obinna Nwobodo put the visitors ahead with a potential goal of the season in the 25th minute.
Obinna unleashed a Rocket from outside the box which flew into the net for his seventh goal of the season.
He turned provider later as his inch perfect cross was diverted into the net by Chisom Egbuchulam in the 38th minute.
It was the winger’s 11th strike of the season.
Paul Duke pulled a goal back for Ikorodu United in added time to set the hearts racing a bit but the job had been done
Elsewhere, Rivers United’ s title bid all but fizzled after they were held to a 0-0 draw at home by relegation battlers Abia Warriors.
The Pride of Rivers remain in second position and will need to take max points from their last fixture away to Akwa United and hope Rangers lose theirs to win the title. Unlikely but you’ll never know..
In Nnewi, FC Ifeanyi Ubah beat Oriental rivals Enyimba 1-0 to move into second position on the log
The home side wasted no time in taking an early lead with Isaac Loute scoring the opener on three minutes and defended it for the rest of the game.
At the Lekan Salami Stadium, Ibadan Shooting Stars secured their safety and ended Wikki Tourists’ faint title ambitions with a 1-0 win.
Olabisi Samuel headed in the winner for the Oluyole Warriors nine minutes after the restart.
Nasarawa United and Akwa United battled to a thrilling 2-2 draw at the Aper Aku Stadium.
Nasarawa United went ahead in the 13th minute after Esosa Igbinoba converted from the spot, while Hassan Babangida equalized for the away side with a cracking strike in the 23rd minute.
The Promise Keepers went ahead three minutes later after Cyril Olisema tapped in Ikpe Micheal’s cross.
The home side grabbed the leveller at the death.
Sunshine Stars compounded Warri Wolves’ relegation worries by beating the Seasiders 1-0 in Akure with Dayo Ojo scoring the decisive goal in the 62nd minute.
Other results saw Niger Tornadoes beat MFM FC 3-1 in Lokoja. Leaving the lagos side on the brink of the drop
Solomon Owello gave Tornadoes the perfect start when he converted from the spot as early as the fourth minute. Owello scored his side’s second of the game in the 27th minute.
Gabriel Wassa fired in the third goal for his side five minutes after the break.
The away side pulled a goal back 15 minutes from time through Stephen Odey.
Heartland boosted their survivalclass hopes with a 1-0 win against Kano Pillars at the Dan Anyiam Stadium, Owerri.
Emeka Ogbugh scored the winning goal 25 minutes from time.
El-Kanemi Warriors beat Plateau Unite 1-0 in Maiduguri with Hussaini Mohammed scoring the winner from the spot in the 58th minute. They will now be the ones with the chance to stop Rangers on the final day. All roads lead to the Nnamdi Azikiwe stadium o Week 38.
The permutations for Relegation are interesting. If Abia warriors and Heartland win thier last games, then regardless of what MFM Warri wolves play they will go down. But for MFM there is a ray of hope. If they beat Visiting Ifeanyi Ubah FC ..a tough call no doubt and either of Heartland or Abia warriors don’t win, then they will leap frog them on goal difference. Warri wolves appear doomed due to thier terrible Goal difference which will not at this point be easily erased.
MATCHDAY 37 RESULTS
Ikorodu United 1 V 2 Ikorodu United
Rivers United 0 V 0 Abia Warriors
Shooting Stars 1 V 0 Wikki Tourists
Niger Tornadoes 3 V 1 MFM FC
Sunshine Stars 1 V 0 Warri Wolves
FC IfeanyiUbah 1 V 0 Enyimba
El-kanemi W. 1 V 0 Plateau United
Heartland 1 V 0 Kano PILLARS