The Flying Antelopes and the Jalingo Boys picked important victories but the Naze Millionaires are still to learn the tricks behind winning matches
ENUGU RANGERS 2-1 KANO PILLARS
The Flying Antelopes fought hard before securing their first win of the season at home to reigning league champions, Kano Pillars at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium on Saturday.
Emeka Eze got the Enugu fans buzzing with the opener in the ninth minute through a stunning 35 yards shot but Kabiru Umar levelled for Sai masu gida. The game stood at 1-1 at half time but Rangers managed to get the winner through Osas Christian after Emeka Eze lost the opportunity to increase his team’s lead from the penalty spot. His shot was caught by Pillars’ goalkeeper, Theophilus Afelokhai in the first half.
The win lifted Rangers to three points from two matches and they have a tough duel away to Giwa FC next week at the Rwang Pam Stadium, Jos.
HEARTLAND 0-0 SHARKS
The Naze Millionaires are still without a win in the three week old Glo Premier League after they were held to a goalless draw by the Blue Angels on Friday at the Dan Anyiam Stadium,Owerri.
The game was not action packed and the whole of the first half was fraught with disjointed passes and lack of cutting edge with both sides left with only half chances to score.
Heartland had a goal harshly overruled in the first half and it was their best chance to take the lead as the rest of the game couldn’t produce anything spectacular till the match officials blew the final whistle.
Heartland head to Gombe United with a positive result a priority if they do not want to start flirting with relegation so early in the season while Sharks will welcome Crown of Ogbomosho to Port Harcourt.
FC TARABA 1-0 EL KANEMI WARRIORS
New entrants in the Nigeria Premier League, FC Taraba continued their good form at home after they dispatched El Kanemi Warriors 1-0 in the week three match played in Jalingo on Saturday.
El Kanemi came into the match with a very strong pedigree having narrowly missed the title last season and they began the match controlling the midfield and striving hard to get the first goal.
But the Coach Ndubuisi Nduka led boys held on to the onslaught till the end of the first half. The FC Taraba boys however came into the second half with renewed determination and vigour. They then took the fight to the Maiduguri based team and the pressure paid off in the 35th minute when Iyorhe Lute scored the only goal of the match with a very good volley.
The boys from Jalingo now have six points from three matches to jump to the leadership of the league till others play their games on Sunday.