Week three of the abridged Nigeria professional football league 2023 season continues with more scintillating results.
‘HARD TO SWALLOW’
Nassarawa United 0-3 Akwa United
Nasarawa United have suffered the biggest loss of the week to complete a hat-trick of defeats as the Lafia based team couldn’t win any out of all three of this season’s opening fixtures.
Ndifreke Effiong’s brace followed James Ajako’s goal from a powerful left footed free kick to complete thrashing of the home side by the 2021 champions at the new Jos Stadium, the adopted home ground of Nasarawa United.
The comprehensive away victory for the Promise Keepers was their first, in the 2022/23 Abridged Nigeria Premier League Season, having lost 0-2 in Uyo to Insurance of Benin; before forcing eight time Champions, Enyimba International, to a goalless draw, in Aba, last weekend.
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Rangers Int’l 1-1 Sunshine Stars
As pressure mounts on Coach Bala Nkiyu of Nasarawa united his counterpart at Enugu Rangers, Abdu Maikaba’s frustrations are maintained.
A handball deflected home off Ikemdinachi Imo inside the opening 15 minutes gifted the home team an undeserved lead as for the remainder of the match included two goal scoring chances and a penalty kick were missed by the Flying Antelopes.
The visitors took the game to the hosts afterwards and they eventually found a leveller in the 36th minute, through inform man, Yusuf who slotted home inside area from a brilliant Azeez Ajagbe’s pass.
10 AWAY POINTS GRABBED
Abia Warriors 0-1 Lobi Stars
Kwara United 0-1 Bendel Insurance
El-Kanemi 0-0 Gombe United
Bendel Insurance of Benin edged hosts Kwara united 1-0 as the later are still searching for their first 3 points of the season.
Newly promoted Insurance defeated Akwa United in the season’s opener as well as Plateau on matchday 2 making Monday Odige’e tutored side the only team with 9 points from 3 games.
Elsewhere at Umuahia township stadium, Lobi Stars FC of Makurdi shocked Abia Warriors 1-0 to serve the hosts its first loss of the season right in front of their fans.
Plateau United 2-1 Enyimba FC
Doma United 1-0 Dakkada FC
Bayelsa United 2-1 Wikki Tourists
Rivers United FC moved to the top of Group B on the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) table after claiming a 2-1 victory against Niger Tornadoes, at the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Tuesday.
Remo Stars and Shooting Stars Sports Club of Ibadan, takes to the pitch in Ikene for the battle of Stars. Remo confirmed superiority and earned bragging rights with third straight win against the Oloyole warriors in their past four meetings.
An own goal scored by Otakho Alexander early in the second half gave Remo the lead. Ten minutes later the win was sealed by Godwin Odibo’s strike.
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