NPFL Matchday 8 Wrap: Enyimba, Akwa United Win Away, Abia Warriors Secure First 3 Points
By Amaechi Agbo
Enyimba FC of Aba and Akwa United are the best sides in the Matchday 8 results of the 2020/2021 NPFL season after they both picked away wins respectively.
While Enyimba recorded a 2-1 away win against high flying Nasarawa United in Lafia, Akwa United also picked their first away three points after their hard-earned 1-0 victory against bottom-placed Adamawa United in Bauchi.
Nasarawa United’s player, Abdullahi Abubakar turned the ball into his own net in the 16 minute
However, Enyimba’s celebration was cut short after Chinedu Ohanachom in the 20 minute restored parity for the Solid Miners.
But the People’s Elephant were in front again in the 32 minute after Cyril Olisema scored from the spot to hand the visitors a priceless three points away from home.
In Umuahia, it was a big sigh of relief for coach Imama Amapakabo as he recorded his first win of the season after 7 matches with 4 loses and three consecutive draws.
Abia Warriors playing in Okigwe silenced visitors, Sunshine Stars of Akure 4-1 in one of the biggest wins during the week.
Fatai Abdullahi made intent of how the arrows of the Warriors can pierce their opponents in the 16 minute.
Emmanuel Ugwuka consolidated the scoreline in the 21 minute before Bello Lukman scored twice in 66 and 78 minutes sandwiched by a consolation by Sadeeq Yusuf in 61 minute for the visitors
In Bauchi, Coach Kennedy Boboye and his lads went, saw and conquered Adamawa United courtesy of a lone goal scored by their hitman, Mfon Udoh in the 58 minute.
In Kaduna, Kano Pillars had no mercy on their visitors, Jigawa Golden Stars after they beat them 2-0 to pick the maximum points at stake.
Abbas Rabiu’s 12 minute and Ndasi Denis Kadiang’s 17 minute goals secured the win for the home side.
In Kwara, former Super Eagles goalkeeper, Dele Aiyenugba had his consecutive cleasheet record broken when Lobi Stars halted the run by the Kwara Biya ran away with the three points nevertheless.
Christopher Nwaeze scored a penalty in 60 minute as Jude Steven netted in 76 minute to hand Kawara United a two-zero lead but a Samuel Tiza’s 80th minute goal ensured that the the remaining 10 minutes was a battle to tacts and precision.
In other results, Wikki Tourists defeated visitors MFM FC 2-0 in Makurdi While Warri Wolves pipped Plateau United by alone goal.
In Enugu, seven-time Champions, Enugu Rangers recovered from the Matchday 7 3-1 defeat by Sunshine and thrashed visiting DAKKADA FC 3-0 in a match played at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium, Enugu.
Christian Nnaji scored a brace in the second half in 48 and 90 minute to consolidate Israel Abia’s 23rd minute first strike to hand the Fly Antelopes their crucial three points.
Nasarawa Utd 1-2 Enyimba
Adamawa Utd 0-1 Akwa Utd
Kano Pillars 2-0 Jigawa GS
Wikki 2-0 MFM
Kwara Utd 2-1 Lobi
Abia Warriors 4-1 Sunshine Stars
Rangers 3-0 Dakkada
Wolves 1-0 Plateau Utd