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Sporting Lagos crush Pillars as Lobi stun Bayelsa Utd

Newly promoted Sporting Lagos yesterday defeated Kano Pillars 3-0 in matchday 7 of the 2023/24 season at the Mobolaji Johnson Arena. The Paul Offor’s led…

Newly promoted Sporting Lagos yesterday defeated Kano Pillars 3-0 in matchday 7 of the 2023/24 season at the Mobolaji Johnson Arena.

The Paul Offor’s led side who have been impressive so far in the debut season got off on a perfect note when Junior Lokosa put his side in front in the 12th minute.

The striker refused to celebrate his goal as a sign of respect to his former club to the delight of Kano Pillars fans who gave him a standing ovation with a round of applause.

In the 28th minute, Jonathan Alukwu made it 2-0 and seven minutes later, Lokosa scored his brace to ensure all three points for Sporting Lagos as Pillars have now lost all their games on the road this season, scoring once and conceding nine goals.

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Sporting have now moved up to sixth position on eleven points while Kano Pillars dropped to tenth position on nine points.

In the second game of the game, Lobi Stars moved to top of the league table after defeating Bayelsa United 2-1 at the Samson Siasia stadium, Yenagoa.

Samuel Tiza Iorwuese had opened the scoring for the visitors in the 30th minute but in the 42nd minute, Robert Mizo equalised as the first half ended 1-1.

Iorwuese was not done as he scored his brace in the 67th minute which was enough for the ‘Pride of Benue’ as the hosts remain rooted in the relegation zone.

Meanwhile, the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has suspended 14 referees for poor officiating in the ongoing 2023/24 Nigeria Premier Football League (NPFL).

This was made known in a letter issued by the Referees Development Committee/Unit of the NFF yesterday to the management of the NPFL, informing the league body about the suspension.

“We’re obliged to step down the specifically affected match officials in the line of the decision in such instant cases until when the appropriate technical evaluation of such decisions are determined to be either right or wrong,” the letter read.

 

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