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El-Kanemi on Plateau Utd's tail

El-Kanemi have put their foot in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) title race so early in the season by cutting Plateau United's lead at the top to two points after a 2-0 win over Nasarawa United.

Ladan Bosso's men had to wait until the business end of their matchday 10 game to dispatch Nasarawa United at the El-Kanemi Sports Stadium in Maiduguri through goals from Bello Kofarmata and Samuel Mathias.

The win takes El-Kanemi's points to 18 and at the same stretched their invincibility at home to 18 victories on the spin.

For the league leaders, Plateau United, the story was different at FC Ifeanyiubah. They were defeated 1-0 through Prince Aggreh's goal from the spot.

Plateau United played the last 31 minutes of the match with 10 players after Salomon Junior was sent off for a second bookable offence.

Former champions Enyimba failed to hang on to a one-goal lead at Lobi Stars after Ismaila Gata had scored from the spot in the 18th.

Anthony Okpotu equalized from the penalty spot for Lobi and David Tyavkase came off the bench to score the winner in stoppage time of second half with the aid of a little deflection.

ABS FC, Kano Pillars, Niger Tornadoes and Sunshine Stars all enjoyed 1-0 wins over Wikki Tourists, Katsina United, Gombe United and Rivers United respectively.

Mohammed Mohammed's first half strike was sufficient for ABS to hold off Wikki while defender Chinedu Udoji scored his first goal for Pillars in their triumph over Katsina United in a northwest derby.

Niger Tornadoes held on to a third minute lead from Ifeanyi Okoye's free-kick to inflict a fifth defeat of the season on Gombe United.

Rivers United, tipped as title favourites at the outset of this season, succumbed to Ayo Saka's goal on 38 minutes at the Akure Stadium.


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