Lobi Stars’ battle towards relegation suffered a setback Sunday after they misplaced 0-1 to Akwa United within the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) MatchDay 25 fixture performed in Uyo.
Despite the loss, the ‘Pride of Benue’ are nonetheless sixteenth on the log with 26 factors from 25 matches whereas the title holders maintained their unbeaten run because the arrival of their new technical adviser, Deji Ayeni from Sunshine Stars.Lobi Stars began strongly however Akwa United nonetheless basking within the euphoria of their 6-1 thrashing of Nasarawa United in week 24 quickly took over proceedings as they camped in Lobi Stars half search of objectives.
The guests soaked the strain and waited for alternatives for fast counter assaults however it was Akwa United who broke the impasse when it was six minutes earlier than half time.
New signing from Sunshine Stars, Babatunde Bello, scored the one purpose of the match with a surprising 18-yard effort within the thirty ninth minute.
On resumption, Lobi Stars in the hunt for equaliser withdrew Bethel David for Pius Eyigege within the forty sixth minute however it was Akwa United’s captain, Ubong Friday who pressured a save from Aliko Mustapha in purpose for Lobi Stars.
Lobi Stars fought arduous to stage scores however Akwa United sustained strain on the guests’ defence for the week 25 fixture to finish 1-0 of their favour.
At the Awka township stadium, title contenders, Enugu Rangers whitewashed Kwara United 3-0 with all of the objectives coming within the first half of the match.
Ossy Martins opened the scoring for Rangers within the 4th minute and bagged his brace within the 18th minute earlier than Chidiebere Nwobodo sealed victory for Rangers with the third purpose within the fifteenth minute.
Elsewhere, Gombe United laboured to a slim 1-0 win over Katsina United on the Pantami stadium.
Leading goalscorer, Abdulazeez Yusuf received the one purpose of the match and his eleventh of the season within the sixth minute at hand the ‘Savannah scorpions’ the utmost factors.
Week 25 matches will proceed at this time as Plateau United host Remo Stars, Enyimba journey to Ibadan to face 3SC, Wikki Tourists entertain troubled Heartland in Bauchi whereas desk topper, Rivers United battle Tornadoes in Port-Harcourt.