Rivers United consolidated on their second position on the log with an emphatic two unanswered goals at hosts and neighbours, Heartland in Sunday’s Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) matchday 22 clash at the Okigwe Township Stadium.
Malachi Ohawuma scored twice in the 45th and 80th minute to hand the Pride of Rivers the whole three points at stake in the clash.
Elsewhere, Lobi Stars piped Kwara United 1-0 at the Kwara State Stadium in llorin to further step up the burning heat at the summit.
Alex Otakho Aghahowa scored the match winner for the Pride of Benue in the 21st minute of the encounter.
However, the Makurdi side finished the match with 10-man due to the issuance of red card to Musa Najare in the 45th minute as a result of bad tackle on Christian Nwanze.
Enugu Rangers compounded the woes of newcomers, Adamawa United with two unreplied goals at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium in Enugu.
Isaac Loute scored the opener for the Flying Antelopes in the 45th minute while Israel Abia grabbed the winner from the penalty spot in the 61st minute.
Wikki Tourists edged visitors, Nasarawa United with one unreplied goal at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Stadium (ATBS), Bauchi.
Freedom Omofoman scored the winner for the Bauchi Elephants in the 27th minute.
Newcomers, Warri Wolves stunned visitors, Sunshine Stars with three unanswered goals at the Warri City Stadium in Warri.
Sunday Williams scored the opener for the Seasiders in the 20th minute, Michael Okoyoh upped the goal tally to two while Mark Daniel grabbed the winner at stoppage time.
The Owena Waves’ Sunday Abe saw red, too after two bookable offences in the 38th minute.
FC IfeanyiUbah piped hard-fighting visitors, MFM FC 1-0 at the FC IfeanyiUbah Stadium in Nnewi.
Substitute, Uche Onuoha grabbed the winner at stoppage time for the Anambra Warriors.
Onuoha, too was sent off after two yellow cards the last one as a result of taking off his shirt in wide celebration of his winning goal.
Abia Warriors stopped neighbours and visitors, Akwa United 2-1 at the Umuahia Township Stadium without the presence of their vociferous fans.
Shedrack Asiegbu scored the opener for the Umuahia Warriors in the 22nd minute while Emmanuel Ugwuka grabbed the winner in the 80th minute.
Samson Gbadebo scored the consolation for the Promise Keepers in the 62nd minute.
Kano Pillars scored twice against newcomers and visitors, Dakkada FC at the Sani Abacha Stadium in Kofomata, Kano.
Auwalu Ali scored the opener for the Pyramid City side in the 4th minute while Usman Babalolo scored the winner in the 33rd minute.
Plateau United firmed their hands on the summit with a 2-1 win against newcomers and visitors, Jigawa Golden Stars at the Jos New Stadium in Jos.
Oche Ochewuchi scored the opener for the Tin City side in the 30th minute while Tosin Omoyele grabbed the winner in the 38th minute.
Ibrahim Saleh scored the academic goal for the Dutse side in the 90th minute.
Reigning champions, Enyimba’s clash against Katsina United was put on hold due to the Aba side continental engagement.
NPFL matchday 22 results:
Heartland 0-2 Rivers United
Enugu Rangers 2-0 Adamawa United
Kwara United 0-1 Lobi Stars
Wikki Tourists 1-0 Nasarawa United
Warri Wolves 3-0 Sunshine Stars
FC IfeanyiUbah 1-0 MFM FC
Abia Warriors 2-1 Akwa United
Kano Pillars 2-0 Dakkada FC
Plateau United 2-1 Jigawa Golden Stars
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