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NPFL Match Day 2: MFM Holds At Home, Plateau And Wikki Secure Away Wins
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NPFL Match Day 2: MFM Holds At Home, Plateau And Wikki Secure Away Wins

Felix Egbomuche

Felix Egbomuche

Eight games went down simultaneously across different match centres in the second game week of the 2019/2020 season of the Nigerian Professional Football League, with the final two games rescheduled.

The two teams still with a hundred per cent start to the season, Plateau United and Wikki Tourists picked up away wins while five other games ended in score draws.

Lobi Stars were the only home side that managed to get maximum points as they demolished Delta Force in Makurdi.

MFM 1-1 FC Ifeanyiubah (Adeniji Kabir 37’ – Christian Nnaji 6’).

Lagos-based side, MFM FC, dropped points in their first home game of the 2019/2020 NPFL season as they were held at home by FC Ifeanyi Ubah.

The Olukoya boys had to come from behind to rescue a point after their visitors stunned them in the early minutes of the game.

Adeniji Adewole's strike on 37 minutes cancelled out Christian Nnaji’s 5 minutes strike, as both teams shared the spoils.

Adamawa Utd 1-1 Rangers (Sadiq Lawan 74’ – Dauda Madaki 57’).

It was a similar story at the Pantami Township Stadium where Adamawa United had to crawl their way back into the game against the Flying Antelopes.

Rangers, who were playing their first game in the league this season, opened the scoring through Dauda Madaki three minutes before the hour-mark, but Sadiq Lawan ensured the home side got at least a draw when he found the back of the net, with 16 minutes left to play.

Jigawa GS 0-1 Plateau Utd (Nenrot Silas 34’)

It's just the second match week of the season but newcomers, Jigawa Golden Stars, are already fighting for their top-flight survival.

After losing to Wikki Tourists in the opening game of the season, the Badaru boys would have expected to at least pick their first point in front of their home fans.

But it wasn't to be as in form Plateau United striker, Nenrot Silas, nicked the lone goal of the match to help the visitors secure all 3 points.

*Sunshine Stars 1-1 Wolves (Israel Abia 36’ – Charles Upele 30’).

In Akure, two goals in six first-half minutes ensured that the game between Sunshine Stars and Warri Wolves ended in a draw.

The Wolves had broken the deadlock after half an hour of gameplay through Charles Upele but parity was restored by the home side moments later when Israel Abia scored.

Nasarawa Utd 0-1 Wikki (Sixtus Forsah 80’).

Sixtus Forsah's strike ten minutes from time condemned Nasarawa Utd to a home defeat in their first game of the season.

The Solid Miners, who had their opening game week fixture rescheduled because of Enyimba's involvement in the continental competition, didn't take advantage of the freshness they had over Wikki who played last weekend and had to make the trip from Bauchi.

Katsina Utd 1-1 Enyimba (Tasiu Lawal 3’ (PEN) – Martins Usule 44’).

At the Muhammadu Diko Stadium in Katsina, defending champions, Enyimba, rallied to a 1-1 draw to continue their good run of results in recent games.

The people's Elephant who had beaten TS Galaxy home and away in their CAF Confed. Cup qualifier tie had to come from behind after an early scare.

Tasiu Lawal put the home side in the lead when he converted a 3-minute penalty but Martins Usule netted for the champions one minute from the end of the first half.

Rivers Utd 1-1 Heartland (Bakry Bamba 90’ (PEN) – Christian Pyagbara 15’).

A late penalty for Rivers United at home denied Heartland FC of Owerri a first win of the season.

After suffering defeat at home in their first game against his former club, MFM, Fidelis Ilechukwu's men looked like they were going to go back to their base in Owerri with all 3 points.

But Bakary Bamba cancelled out Christian Pyagbara's 15 minutes strike when he scored his retaken penalty after Godwin Ameh initially saved his first effort.

Lobi 4-0 Delta Force (Samuel Tiza 30’, Sikiru Alimi 66’, Abdulkareem Mumini 74’, Douglas Achiv 81’).

The biggest win of the season so far came at the Aper Aku Stadium in Makurdi where Lobi Stars hammered four past top-flight returnees, Delta Force.

Three second-half goals from Sikiru Alimi Abdulkareem Mumini and Douglas Achiv after Samuel Tiza had set the tone for the home side in the first half condemned the force to a second defeat of the season and bottom place on the log.

Lobi, who had suffered an opening day 3-1 defeat to league leaders, Plateau United, turned the corner to record what was their biggest top-flight win in a while.