Leaders Kwara United yesterday maintained their slender lead at the top of the 2021 NPFL table after they forced Wikki Tourists to a 1-1 draw in the week 14 match performed on the Tafawa Balewa Stadium in Bauchi.
Victory for either Kano Pillars or Rangers would have seen the end of Kwara United’s reign however both teams shared the spoils after they ended 1-1 at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium Kaduna.
Jibola Adeleke kept Kwara United on top of the table when he scored within the 82nd minute to cancel out Chinedu Udeagha’s thirty-eighth-minute goal for Wikki Tourists.
Pillars who stood a good probability of going to the top of the table were lowered to 10 men after Yusuf Maigoro was sent off in the second half for a professional foul only managed to carry Enugu Rangers to 1-1 draw.
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Ernest Governor had put the ‘Flying Antelopes’ in front in the 9thth minute before Auwalu Mallam Ali equalised for the ‘Masu Gida’s boys with a strong free-kick in the forty-second minute.
The ‘oriental derby’ determined in Okigwe between Heartland and Abia Warriors ended in a 2-2 draw just as Ikenna Ofor’s goal was all Nasarawa United needed to top Lobi Stars in the ‘north-central’ derby played at the Lafia Township stadium.
Rivers United additionally appeared to have recovered their scoring boots as they outplayed visiting Jigawa Stars 2-0 in Port-Harcourt, Plateau United had been 3-1 winners against MFM in Jos while Adamawa United recorded their second victory of the campaign with 2-0 victory over Dakkada FC in Gombe.
Strugglers Sunshine Stars refused to be dimmed as they forced Katsina United to 0-0 draw at the Muhammadu Dikko Stadium in Katsina.
Warri Wolves will host Akwa United today in one of the two remaining weeks 14 fixtures.