NPFL: FC IfeanyiUbah beat Enyimba to keep continental ticket hopes alive
Sep 26, 2016 Sports 0 318 By sosa hills
FC IfenyiUbah moved to the third position on the table after a hard-fought 1-0 home win over Enyimba in a high class Oriental derby. The Anambra Warriors now have 56 points, same as second-placed Rivers United, who enjoy a better goals difference. It was Isaac Loute’s goal in the 3rd minute that condemned the Aba club to a defeat. Enyimba failed to clear a superb freekick from Alberico Da Silva which gave the chance for Loute to slot the ball inside the net.
Expectedly, Enugu the capital city of Enugu state was at agog yesterday as Rangers International FC returned to football history by emerging the champions of the 2015/2016 season of the Nigeria Premier Football League after 32 years of struggle.
The Flying Antelopes lived up to their jubilating fans expectations when they defeated relegated Ikorodu United 2-1 in Abeokuta to achieve an unassailable lead at the top of the table even as they have one remaining match at home to round off the season on a high note.
With yesterday’s victory, Rangers have 60 points from 35 matches as their closest rivals, Rivers United, who have 56 points, failed to take their title chase right down to the final day of action after they failed to beat visiting Abia Warriors at home just as another contending side, Wikki Tourists also fell 0-1 at Shooting Stars.
Rangers went in front after 26 minutes through a wonder goal by man of the match Obinna Nwobodo, who sighted Ikorodu goalkeeper off his line and he chipped him from distance.
The exciting midfielder will then turn provider in the 39th minute when he delivered a cross across the Ikorodu goal for Chisom Egbuchulam to simply tap home.
In Port Harcourt, Rivers United were held to a goalless draw by a spirited Abia Warriors, who are fighting to stay up, while a Samuel Olabisi headed goal in the second half was all home team Shooting Stars needed to stop Wikki Tourists in Ibadan.
Next Sunday's final game at home to El Kanemi will therefore be a mere formality for 'The Flying Antelopes', who overall deserved the championship on the back of a solid away record.
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