In the Nigeria League, Kano Pillars who are the defending champions have ascended to the first position in the ladder after decimating Bayelsa United 1-0. This was in a fixture of the Nigeria Professional Football League.
The winning goal was made by Gambo Mohammed in the 31st minute. In another match, Abia Warriors crushed Nembe City with a score of 4-0 to reach the third place. Peter Onyekachi made a hat-trick (28th, 51st and 87th minute). One goal was made by Jackson Daniel.
Bayelsa United are now having 21 points. Nembe city are at 16 points in the bottom.
Meanwhile, Sharks who are on an unbeaten eight match winning run are set to meet the Warri Wolves at the latter’s home stadium.
The Blue Angels have had a magnificent start to the season suffering only two defeats from 14 games. They top the table with 26 points, two points more than Nasarawa United, which is at second place.
They also face a difficult task for winning the League title after coming back from oblivion to effect a 3-3 draw against Sunshine stars last weekend at Akure.
This was followed midweek by a win at home grounds against another top team- the Rangers International of Enugu.
Gbenga Ogunbote, the handler of the side said he is not getting carried away by the team’s recent success. But he is confident that achievements so far will boost the morale of the team.
He said that the game against the Sunshine Stars proved to the team how good the players are and how they can win, no matter where they are playing and what the circumstances are.
He pointed out that Sharks have never won the League title and should not get carried away as they have played only 14 games.
“The key remains taking things one step at a time and working hard every day in training. With God on our side, we will reach the promised land,” he said
Warri Wolves who are placed fifth have dropped points only once in the home turf and will need to improve on scoring goals against the Sharks.
Meanwhile Abdul Adama, Chairman of Kogi United in Nigeria National League has expressed his joy at the 2-1 victory of the side over Kwara United and felt that the victory would drive up the morale of the team.
Adama who was happy with his repeated victory over Kwara United during his days as ABS FC’s chairman noted that it was evidence of his efficiency as a football administrator.
“I’m really excited with this victory, it’s a special one for me, Kwara United has always been a difficult team to play for me, since my days with ABS FC, but I’ve always had the edge,” said Adama.
Adama said they expected nothing less than this performance through they knew the match would be tough and would require them to try harder.
Ismaila Gata scorer of the goal for Kogi United echoed the sentiments of his boss saying that this was for him, an emotional match and gave him extra pleasure on scoring the winning goal against Kwara United.
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