- Chijioke Akunneto’s hat trick against defending champions Akwa United strengthened Rivers chances of becoming the Champions.
- Golden boot races contest is now between Isahq Kayode and Chijioke Akunneto, as no player has scored more league goals than the Rivers United pairs.
- MFM and Heartland played goalless draw as both teams remains in the relegation zone.
- Enugu Rangers ransacked Lobi Stars in a 8 goals thriller match at Uyo.
Round 19 of the NPFL began on the 19th of March 2022 with 4 games featured. Fifteen goals were produced, with two home wins and two draws.
The rest of the 6 games played today. Fifteen Goals scored across all games, 5 home wins and 1 draw.
Abia Warriors 2-2 Katsina United.
Katsina United held Warriors at home soil to a 2-2 draw. Sixteen minutes into the tie, Mustapha Salisu put the visitors ahead in the tie, 25th-minute Warriors responded to level the game to a 1-1 score. Adebayo Waheed scored yet again for Katsina United, not until the 35th minute, Godwin Obaje level for the home team. All goals in this tie were scored in the first half.
Warriors are now just a point above their visitors Katsina United.
Dakadda 2-1 Niger Tornadoes.
The Iko Allah Boys had a bad tour at Uyo after Sunday Akinmoladun’s own goal at Godwill Akpabio Stadium cost them from savaging a point at Uyo. Although 2 minutes into the game, Ezekiel Eddidiong had put one past the Tornadoes goalkeeper. Just 2 minutes to stoppage time, Mohammed Rabiu converted from the spot-kick that made the game end in 2-1.
A relegation tie favors Dakadda as they have now moved off the relegation zone.
Enugu Rangers 5-3 Lobi Stars.
It took The Flying Antelopes 47 minutes to score 4 goals at Akwa United City Stadium. They wrecked vulnerable Lobi Stars at Uyo in an 8 goals thriller match. Ossy Martins and Agustine Agu both had a brace for Rangers. Resilient Lobi Stars answered back, scoring in 57th, 66th, and 81st minutes of the encounter. Rangers have now kept a record of the most away wins and the most goals scored in a game this season.
The Flying Antelopes are now sitting comfortably at the 3rd spot, while Lobi moves to the 19th spot on 19 points.
Heartland 0-0 MFM.
Both teams are relegation-threatened and remained at the relegation zone after the 0-0 tie. No, go scored at Owerri as both teams settled for a barren draw. Heartland after many attempts still couldn’t make any conversion.
Both teams sit in the danger zone after the results at Owerri.
Rivers United 4-1 Akwa United.
The most resplendent novel side has to be Rivers United, determined in every game.
Akuneto Chijioke scored hat trick 28 in the tie. Another sure name in the scoresheet was Isahq Kayode. No NPFL player has scored more goals than the pair. Rivers retained their leading spot as Akwa United dropped to 6th place.
Kano Pillars 3-1 Gombe United.
Eze Ifeanyi scored twice, Rabiu Ali also registered his name on the scoresheet for Kano Pillars. Abdulazeez Yussuf scored for Gombe just before the first half was over. The tie ended in favor of Pillars.
Pillars have now upgraded to a 12th spot, while Gombe retains the same point (24) as Pillars.
Plateau 1-0 Sunshine.
In Jos Plateau United secured a win to mount pressure on Rivers. 22nd and 71st minute goals by Plateau see them off Sunshine Stars of Akure. Plateau is behind Rivers with a point difference, and Sunshine lowered to 8th position with 26 points.
Wikki Tourist 0-0 Enyimba.
Enyimba held Wikki at home to a barren draw. Enyimba has dropped to the middle of the table, while Wikki stays at 7th place with 27 points.
Shooting 1-0 Nasarawa United.
Shooting previously had 5 games winless streak has now won their last two against Kano Pillars and Nasarawa United.
The only goal that separated both sides was scored by Uko Aniete just 13 minutes into the game.
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