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NPFL leaders Plateau United falter again, MFM reduce gap

Second-placed MFM Football Club of Lagos have cut to two the points gap between them and leaders Plateau United FC as the Jos side fell 0-1 to Niger Tornadoes FC.
In Match Day 29 fixtures of the 2016/2017 Nigeria Professional Football League played on Sunday, Stephen Odey’s 40th minute goal ensured MFM FC kept the pressure on the league leaders.
Odey’s goal, his 17th of the campaign, gave the Lagos side a 1-0 win over visiting Wikki Tourists FC of Bauchi at the Agege Stadium.
They are now with 49 points from 29 matches, with the Jos-based Plateau United still with 51 points from same number of matches after losing in Lokoja to the Minna-based Tornadoes.
Samuel Agba’s 4th minute goal from the penalty kick spot did the job for the hosts who still stayed in the eighth position on the league’s log.
Defending champions, Rangers International of Enugu, could not hold their own at the Sani Abacha Stadium as hosts Kano Pillars won 2-0 with two first half goals.
Jamiu Alimi and Junior Lokosa scored in the 32nd and 43rd minutes respectively to give the home fans, who had been denied such for some time, so much to cheer.
Former champions, Enyimba International FC of Aba, also dropped to seventh from third after falling 0-1 in Nnewi to hosts FC IfeanyiUbah, following Godwin Obaje’s 50thminute goal.
Akwa United moved from fourth to third after whipping visiting Gombe United 3-0 in Uyo, while El-Kanemi Warriors moved up to fourth
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that a 1-0 defeat of Abia Warriors of Umuahia in Maiduguri ensured this.
With FC IfeanyiUbah moving up to fifth, Lobi Stars moved up also to sweat after shedding so much sweat to beat visiting Remo Stars of Sagamu 3-2 in Makurdi.
Nasarawa United of Lafia stayed in ninth place in spite of securing the weekend’s lone away win with a 1-0 victory over Sunshine Stars of Akure in Ijebu-Ode.
In other results, Shooting Stars FC bolstered their chances of moving away from the relegation zone with a 1-0 defeat of visiting Katsina United.
ABS FC of Ilorin dropped further down on the league table after a 0-0 home draw with visiting Rivers United of Port Harcourt.
NAN reports that the league will continue on Wednesday with Match Day 30 fixtures at 10 venues.