Title chasing Rivers United and Plateau United on Monday recorded victories in their home matches as they continued with the hot chase for this year’s Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) title.
While Rivers United made mincemeat of Niger Tornadoes with a resounding 3-0 win in the week 25 fixture, their closest rivals, Plateau United, laboured to win 1-0 against fourth placed Remo Stars in Jos.
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In Port-Harcourt, 2021 NPFL leading goalscorer, Rafiu Kayode Isahq, opened the scoring for Rivers United in the 30th minute.
Three minutes later, Nyima Nwagua doubled the scoreline after he was assisted by Akuneto as the first half ended 2-0.
At the restart, Tornadoes’ Musa Wakili had his side’s first shot on target but it wasn’t enough to beat goalkeeper Victor Sochima.
Towards the end of the match, Konan Ruffin Ngouan compounded Tornadoes’ woes as he scored with a tap-in from a Nelson Esor assist after a beautiful counter-attacking move.
In Jos, Plateau United recorded a slim 1-0 victory over continental hopefuls, Remo Stars when Buhari Ibrahim’s towering header from Akila’s cross from the left went beyond keeper Kayode Bankole for the hosts to annex the maximum points.
While Rivers United lead the table with 55 points, Plateau United are second with 51 points followed by Rangers 41 points and Remo Stars in fourth place with 40 points.
In Ibadan, Shooting Stars also avenged their first-leg loss as they defeated struggling Enyimba 2-0. The two goals came in the first half as Moss Omoduemuke got the opener in the 14th minute before Lucky Emmanuel doubled the lead just before half time.
Meanwhile, relegation-threatened Heartland put their troubles aside to force Wikki Tourists to a 0-0 draw in Kaduna to boost their chances of survival.
One of the remaining week 25 matches will be played today at New Jos stadium where embattled Nasarawa United play host to Dakkada FC.