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NPFL review: Enyimba FC clinch first league win over Rivers United since 2019 in dramatic fashion

Enyimba FC secured their first league victory over Rivers United since 2019 with a resounding 4-1 win in Aba, while Enugu Rangers battled to a hard-earned draw against Sporting Lagos in NPFL Matchday 34 fixtures.

Enyimba’s Dominant Performance

The People’s Elephant moved to second place in the league standings with 59 points following their impressive comeback victory. Rivers United initially took the lead in the 14th minute through Andy Okpe, but Enyimba responded with two braces from Chijioke Mbaoma and Elijah Akanni, sealing a comprehensive 4-1 win. This victory closes the gap to league leaders Enugu Rangers to just two points.

Rangers Hold On to Top Spot

Despite their goalless draw against Sporting Lagos, Enugu Rangers retained the top spot. The match was a tough encounter, with Sporting Lagos fighting desperately to avoid relegation. The draw leaves Sporting Lagos in 16th place, precariously hovering above the drop zone by goal difference with 42 points.

Tight Race for Continental Spots

Remo Stars, who defeated Kano Pillars a day earlier, remain in third place with 59 points. They are closely followed by Shooting Stars, who are fourth with 56 points after a 4-0 thrashing of Abia Warriors in Ibadan.

Other NPFL Results

  • Lobi Stars‘ aspirations took a hit with a 1-0 loss to Doma United in Gombe.
  • Plateau United suffered a late 3-2 defeat to Bayelsa United in Yenagoa.
  • Niger Tornadoes were held to a 1-1 draw at home by Kwara United. Dehinde Ibrahim scored for Kwara United in the 63rd minute, with Bashir Usman equalizing for the hosts in the 90th minute.
  • Gombe United lost 2-0 at home to Sunshine Stars, with goals from Promise Awosanmi and Lucky Nwafor securing the win for the visitors. This victory moved Sunshine Stars to 14th place with 43 points.

Upcoming Fixture

The weekend’s final fixture will take place today in Uyo between Akwa United and Heartland FC. Both teams view this match as a must-win to boost their standings in the league.

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