Matchday 9 of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) saw six games come alive due to the postponement of four other games as a result of continental duties. It saw four draws and one home and away wins.

Plateau United 2-0 Niger Tornadoes

In the only home win of this week, leaders, Plateau United easily dispatched Niger Tornadoes, thanks to goals from Umar in the dying minutes of the first half and Azango in the 51st minute. This victory takes Plateau United to a five point gap at the top with the closest of the chasing pack, five points behind.

Abia Warriors 0-1 El-Kanemi Warriors

In a game of Warriors, El-Kanemi Warriors pulled the chestnut out of the fire with a hard fought 0-1 victory over Abia Warriors, who seem to be struggling since the barren Abia Derby draw, in Umuahia. An early Hussain Bala goal was just enough for the Maiduguri-based Warriors to record their first away victory in two seasons.

Remo Stars 1-1 Lobi Stars

Coach Fatai Osho kicked off his second Remo Stars stinct with a 1-1 draw in a game of Stars. The Sky Blues captain, Victor Mbaoma, put the home side ahead in Sagamu, but Lobi Stars replied and held on to claim a vital point, a second successive draw for Lobi Stars, the first draw led to the suspension of Coach Uwua.

Nasarawa United 1-1 Sunshine Stars

In a drab game at the Lafia City stadium, Nasarawa United were held to a 1-1 draw by visiting Sunshine Stars. The first half was bereft of much actions but the game came alive just as the second half began with Onaolapo putting the home side ahead before they were pegged back by Oluwadamilare’s 63rd minute equaliser. Nasarawa United captain had his penalty saved by Ojo Olorunleke who only replaced the injured Ayodele. Sunshine held on to record their first point on the road.

Katsina United 1-1 Shooting Stars (3SC)

Gombe United 0-0 Akwa United

Katsina United struggled again as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Shooting Stars at the Mohammed Dikko stadium in Katsina. Sanni scored for the home side in the 28th minute but the visiting Oluyole Warriors replied in the 82nd minute and held on for the vital point. Gombe United and Akwa United played out a barren draw at the Pantami Stadium in Gombe.

Plateau United still lead the table with 20 points with El-Kanemi Warriors five points behind. MFM FC, ABS Ilorin FC and Enyimba FC complete the top five.

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