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NPFL: Jigawa claim first away win in 13 years

‘Tosin Oluwalowo

Jigawa Golden Stars were in superb form on Wednesday, defeating home side Abia Warriors 3-1 in their match-day four game of the Nigeria Professional Football League at the Enyimba International Stadium, Aba on Wednesday.

Jigawa were the only side to win away in the 10 matches played across the country, securing their first away victory since 2008.

Warriors took an early lead through Utibe Archibong, who nodded home Nzube Anaezemba’s free kick in the seventh minute.

Olasukanmi Quadiri however drew Jigawa level in the 24th minute after a scramble in the box.

The home side missed a chance to go ahead, with Anaezemba missing a penalty kick on the hour mark.

Stone Samuel put the away side ahead in the 74th minute, and then scored his brace – Jigawa’s third – with five minutes of regulation time remaining to take the game beyond the reach of their hosts.

There were four draws recorded in other matches, with Kwara United holding Akwa United 1-1, while the Dakkada and MFM tie also ended 1-1.

Sunshine Stars left it very late, equalising in the 92nd minute to secure a 2-2 draw against visiting Lobi Stars, while Adamawa United’s 0-0 draw against Nasarawa United was the only game which failed to produce a goal.

Kano Pillars were lone goal winners over visiting Plateau United, same as  Wikki Tourists, who defeated league leaders Rivers United 1-0.

Enugu Rangers saw off FC IfeanyiUbah 2-1 in their local derby, while Heartland defeated Enyimba 2-0 in the Oriental Derby.

The biggest victory of the week went the way of Warri Wolves, who devoured visiting Katsina United 3-0.

Rivers are still top of the league table with nine points from four games, tied on points with Rangers, who have inferior goals difference.

Pillars, Nasarawa and Dakkada occupy the third, fourth and fifth positions respectively, with the three clubs on eight points.

At the foot of the table are Warriors, who are yet to get a point after four matches. Adamawa are placed 19th with two points, while Heartland are 18th with three points.

Source: punchng.com