Nigerian League Review: Rivers United keep pace with Wikki Tourist

Rivers United and Wikki Tourist remain tied on points at the summit of the Nigeria Professional Football League table following respective 1-0 wins over Lobi Stars and Ikorodu United respectively in their Match Day 19 outings.

While Rivers United got their win at home, Wikki had it harder travelling to Lagos to beat bottom side Ikorodu United.

Christian Weli’s header, 11 minutes from time, gave Rivers United the hard-fought 1-0 win over Lobi Stars in a tightly-contested Nigeria Professional Football League game decided on Sunday at the Yakubu Gown Stadium, Port Harcourt.

Weli headed home Chiwendu Ali’s corner kick for the game’s only goal past a despairing Lobi goal keeper, Okiemute Odah, who had been in impressive form until that moment.

The win meant United stayed level on points with the leaders, Wikki Tourists, who beat Ikorodu United 1-0 in Lagos to stay top on goals difference.

The Bauchi club struck their hosts quite late, as the winning goal came five minutes from time off a killer punch from Idris Guda.

In other games, Coach Gbenga Ogunbote gave Ibadan fans a lot to cheer as he marked his return to Shooting Stars with a comprehensive 3-0 win over Akwa United.

At the Dan Ayiam Stadium, Rangers returned to winning ways as they downed their fierce rivals, Heartland FC 2-1 away from home.


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Elsewhere, Ifeanyi Matthew was the hero for Kano Pillars as he scored the winner against Plateau United in the game played at the Sani Abacha Stadium.

Match Day 19 results

Kano Pillars 1-0 Plateau Utd

Ikorodu Utd 0-1 Wikki

Heartland 1-2 Rangers

Sunshine Stars 1-1 Abia Warriors


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Shooting Stars 3-0 Akwa Utd

Rivers Utd 1-0 Lobi

Nasarawa Utd 2-1 Enyimba

Tornadoes 2-1 FC Ifeanyiubah

El-Kanemi 2-0 Wolves


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