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By
Zazi Bariza

Six
1-0 victories and a barren draw formed the picture of a goal-starved
match day six of the Nigerian Professional Football League on Sunday.

In
what was touted as the biggest fixture of the weekend, FC Ifeanyi Uba
scored in the 75th minute to earn a slim 1-0 win over eastern
neighbours Rangers.

Referee
Patrick Ishaya pointed to the spot after Rangers goalkeeper, Nana
Bonsu, who had saved a penalty earlier in the game, felled debutant
Godwin Obaje in the box.

Prince
Aggrey made no mistake from the the resultant kick to send thousands
of home supporters at the FC Ifeanyi Ubah international stadium into
delirium.

The
visitors finished the game with ten men as Papi Ousmane was sent off
in the 86th minute for an incautious tackle on Obaje. The result ends
Ifeanyi Ubah’s run of three matches without a win, while Rangers’
poor start to the season continues.

At
the Sani Abacha Stadium, Kano Pillars left it till late to pick all
three points against new boys ABS.

The
game seemed to be heading for a stalemate but Rabiu Ali set up
substitute Adamu Mohammed, who fired past Boje Abdullahi four minutes
into added time to give Kadiri Ikhana’s men their third home win of
the season.

The
result keeps Pillars 7th on the table with 9 points from six matches
while ABS, despite the loss remain in the top four with 10 -points
from same number of games.

In
Uyo, Musa Newman’s solitary strike six minutes from time was all Akwa
United needed to pick maximum points from Remo Stars.

The
former MFM striker pounced on Moses Ebiye’s ball to hand Abdul
Maikaba his first win in charge of the Promise Keepers.

The
result also means Remo Stars, who are without a substantive coach
since the departure of Nduka Ugbade, have for the first time failed
to the score in a topflight game.

The
weekend’s only away win was recorded at the Akure Township Stadium
where in form MFM, courtesy of yet another Stephen Odey goal, secured
a hard fought 1-0 win over Sunshine Stars. Odey’s goal, his fifth of
the season, made certain that Fidelis Illechukwu’s men cut Plateau
United’s lead on the table to just one point after they could only
manage a barren draw in their own fixture at Nasarawa United.

The
only fixture to witness as many as three goals was the matchup
between Shooting Stars and Rivers United in Ibadan where the host
produced their best performance of the season to claim a 2-1 win.

It
took Sunday Faleye just 17 minutes to open scoring for Shooting when
he capitalised on a disastrous defending from United to fire the
hosts into the lead.

Thereafter,
it was a tale of missed chances for the Oluloye Warriors with Samuel
Olabisi’s freekick coming off the post before Obayomi Sunday failed
to convert from close range. United, however got themselves back in
the game when, against the run of play, Lukman Mohammed scored off a
corner kick.

Shooting
almost restored their lead straight from the restart but Jide Apena’s
effort came off the post. Apena eventually became the match winner,
scoring with just over twenty minutes left on the clock.

In
all, 13 goals were scored on the match day, averaging 1.3 goals per
match. It is the joint lowest goal per match ratio for any match day
since the commencement of the current campaign on 14th January.

ALL
MATCH DAY 6 RESULTS
Kano
Pillars 1-0 ABS
Shooting
Stars 2-1 Rivers United
Lobi
Stars 2-0 Wikki Tourists
FC
Ifeanyi Uba 1-0 Rangers
Niger
Tornadoes 1-1 Katsina United
Akwa
United FC 1-0 Remo Stars
Elkanemi
Warriors 1-0 Enyimba International
Nasarawa
United 0-0 Plateau United
Abia
Warriors 1-0 Gombe United

Sunshine
Stars 0-1 MFM FC

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