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And its goal number 19 for Lokosa, as Akwa United close gap on Lobi Stars

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Lokossa Celebrating his goal against Akwa United FC

 

Junior Lokosa making his return to Pillars’ starting line-up after recently spending time with the Super Eagles by scoring a vital equalizer against Rivers United.

Fans at the Sani Abacha Stadium were served up a thriller as hosts Kano Pillars and Rivers United battled to a 1-1 draw.

Chikere Osita nodded home the opener for Rivers United on 12 minutes after a cross by Markson Ojobo.

Lokosa equalized for the home team two minutes after the break.

It was Lokosa’s 19th goal of the campaign.

Rivers United finished the game with 10 men after Musa Newman was sent off in the 77th minute.

Pillars extended their unbeaten run to seven games following the draw.

 

Akwa United reduced the gap between them and league leaders Lobi Stars to two points after securing a vital 1-0 away win against Yobe Desert Stars in the NPFL matchday 23 clash in Damaturu.

Michael Ibe scored the all important goal for Akwa United 14 minutes from full time and they were able to hold on for the win even after being a man down after Ayobami Asekunowo was sent off.

Akwa United men remain in second position in the table with 43 points.

Lobi Stars on their own part lost 1-0 to Go Round FC in Omuku. Shedrack Oghali’s scored the only goal of the match in the 69th minute.

The league leaders have now lost two consercutive matches after losing 1-0 to Enyimba last week.

Elsewhere, champions Plateau United needed a late Saidu Salisu penalty to earn a share of the spoils against Abia Warriors in Jos.

Salisu gave Kennedy Boboye’s men the lead off a free kick five minutes after the break but Sunday Adetunji restored parity for the visitors in the 68th minute.

Abia Warriors took the lead for the first time in the game two minutes later when Samson Obi fired them ahead with his ninth goal of the campaign.

Plateau United were awarded a penalty five minutes from the end when Kabiru Ayinde fouled Tosin Omoyele inside the box but Reuben Bala’s effort was saved by Uche Okafor.

The home fans got a reprieve when their side was awarded another penalty on the dot of 90 minutes which was converted by Salisu.

Goals from Uche John (penalty) and Joseph Osadiaye helped Enyimba to beat Katsina United 2-0 at the UJ Esuene Stadium, Calabar.

In other results, Sunshine Stars who handed starting spots to two of their new signings, Kunle Odunlami and Ajibola Otegbeye, beat Nasarawa United 2-0 in Akure with Jide Fatokun and Sikiru Alimi getting the goals.

It was the Owena Waves’ third win in 11 league outings against the Solid Miners.

Niger Tornadoes beat Wikki Tourists 1-0 at the Bako Kontagora Stadium, Minna courtesy of Mubarak Ejiogu’s 28th minute strike.

Enugu Rangers earned bragging rights over their Oriental rivals, Heartland, who they defeated 1-0 at the Nnamdi Azikwe Stadium courtesy of Ifeanyi George’s 24th minute effort

Chinedu Sunday’s 14th minute effort was all Kwara United needed to secure all three points against FC Ifeanyiubah in Ilorin.

MATCH DAY 23 RESULTS
Kwara Utd 1-0 FCIU
Tornadoes 1-0 Wikki
Yobe DS 0-1 Akwa Utd
Go Round 1-0 Lobi
Rangers 1-0 Heartland
Enyimba 2-0 Katsina Utd
Sunshine Stars 2-0 Nasarawa Utd
Kano Pillars 1-1 Rivers Utd
Plateau Utd 2-2 Abia Warriors

 

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