NPFL: Abia Warriors maul Rangers 4-0

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Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) leaders, Plateau United maintained its stronghold on the topflight with a 1-0 defeat of bottom-placed Remo Stars in a Match-day 21 clash in Jos yesterday.

Plateau United's only goal was scored by Hamzat Owolabi in the 43rd minute.

Onoriode Odah's goal in the 92nd minute for Rivers United was not enough as El Kanemi's duo of Samuel Mathias and Bala Yahuza ensured that the Maiduguri Warriors continued their impressive home run as they secured a 2-1 win. The Lagos club had been held to a 0-0 draw last week by Akwa United.

MFM were without star duo Odey and Sikiru Olatunbosun who are now in France with the Super Eagles.

In the oriental derby, Sunday Adetunji scored a brace while Anthony Okemiri and Obi Samson found the back of the net as Abia Warriors pummelled champions Rangers 4-0.

Obaje gave IfeanyiUbah the lead in the 13th minute before doubling the lead on 47 minutes from the penalty spot.

FC Ifeanyi Ubah have now gone eight games unbeaten in the NPFL, the longest by any team this season.

There were also heavy defeats for the trio of ABS FC, MFM FC and Shooting Stars who all were beaten 3-0 in their away games to Akwa United, Niger Tornadoes and Lobi Stars respectively.

Two goals from Kingsley Eduwo in the 11th and 40th minutes, and an 89th minute goal by Sunday Akleche gave Lobi Stars the convincing win.

Gombe United recorded a slim 1-0 win over Katsina United in Gombe, Nasarawa United were 2 - 0 better than visiting Wikki Tourists of Bauchi, while the match between hostS Sunshine Stars and Enyimba ended 1 - 0 in favour of the host team.