Shooting Stars may be relegated this season.
Shootings Stars of Ibadan on Wednesday edged closer to relegation as their slim hopes of staying up in the Glo Nigeria Premier League was dented following the 1-1 scoreline recorded in their Week 35 tie against Enyimba International.
Before Wednesday’s outing, Shooting Stars had dropped a lot of valuable home points in earlier games; and despite knowing that only three points against Enyimba will help sustain their hopes of beating the drop, 3SC had to come from behind to salvage the 1-1 draw.
The Peoples Elephants had shot ahead in the second half in Ibadan through Andrew Abalogu; but the Oluyole Warriors managed a goal from the penalty spot which looks far from adequate to help their course of staying afloat.
Reports from Ibadan show that Shooting Stars fans are taken aback with the stark reality that they may be campaigning in the lower division next season; as they face an uphill task getting results their way with four matches to go this season.
In other centres, Lobi Stars FC defeated Gombe United 2-0 at the Kastina Ala Stadium.
Eseosa Igbinoba put the Makurdi club ahead before Suleiman Mohammed sealed victory in the 76th minute.
Wednesday’s goal was Suleiman Mohammed’s first goal for the main team as he is a youth product of Lobi’s feeder’s team.
Lobi has now remained unbeaten in their last five games this term, and the maximum points on Wednesday took their tally to 49 points.
In Ilorin, ABS FC avenged their reverse fixture defeat in the hands of Nasarawa United as they piped the Lafia team 1-0.
In Bauchi, it was the host, Wikki Tourist, that got all three points defeating Kaduna United, 2-0.
Bayelsa United also returned to the top of the League table on the back of the 1-0 win over Warri Wolves; while Sharks FC gave Port Harcourt fans a lot to cheer as they took apart visiting Heartland FC, 3-1.
In Akure, Sunhsine Stars were not so lucky as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Enugu Rangers.
Sunshine Stars will have themselves to blame after missing two spot kicks gifted them in the Week 35 fixture.
Meanwhile, heavy downpour in Kaduna caused a postponement of the game between Kano Pillars and visiting Kwara United.
The Kano aristocrats were one goal up before the game was called off just after the half-hour mark by the centre referee in charge, M.D. SULE, from Adamawa State. Hostilities resume 9 a.m. on Thursday.
3SC 1-1 Enyimba
Akwa Utd 0-0 Nembe City
Bayelsa Utd 1-0 Wolves
Wikki 2-0 Kaduna Utd
Sharks 3-1 Heartland
ABS 1-0 Nasarawa Utd
Sunshine Stars 1-1 Rangers
Lobi 2-0 Gombe Utd