MFM stay on the heels of Plateau Utd

MFM FC made sure that they stay on the tails of NPFL leaders Plateau United with a 1-0 success at bottom-placed Remo Stars on Sunday.
Remo Stars head coach Fatai Osho handed some of the club's under-19 stars a chance at top flight football including goalkeeper Tunde Adekunle while MFM trainer Fidelis Ilechukwu named a strong startlist with league leading scorer Stephen Odey and his strike partner Sikiru Olatunbosun.
MFM were dominant in the contest but Adekunle between the sticks for Remo Stars put up an outstanding performance including saving a spot kick by Odey on 56 minutes.
Ilechukwu had to turn to Adebayo Waheed and Austine Ogunye for the only goal of the game as the former turned provider for the latter to score with 19 minutes to time.
The win represents a second victory for MFM on the road taking their points to 55, three behind table-topping Plateau United.
A goal in each half ensured that Plateau United remained top of the pile and maintained their three-point lead over the chasing pack.
Emmanuel Odafe and Ibeh Johnson scored the goals.
Two-time African champions Enyimba kept their fourth position after defeating Kano Pillars 1-0 in the day's big game. Mfon Udoh scored the winner on 71 minutes from the spot.
El-Kanemi inflicted a 1-0 defeat on Akwa United in Maiduguri. Tchoafine Pade's first goal proved sufficient for El-Kanemi though Akwa United remained in third place with 51 points.
Yinka Onaolapo emerged the unusual match winner for Nasarawa United as they claimed a 1-0 victory over Niger Tornadoes to continue their push up the standings. The Solid Miners are now in sixth place while Tornadoes occupy ninth.
It looked like Sunshine Stars were going to win on the road for the third time on the bounce when they took the lead in the 11th minute through defender Nojeem Raji at Wikki Tourists.
The lead of Sunshine Stars lasted only four minutes as Idris Guda levelled matters for the Giant Elephant. Chinedu Onyelonu scored the winner on 63 minutes for Wikki to run out 2-1 winners though Sunshine Stars finished the game with 10 men following a first half red card to Dayo Ojo.
It was a barnstorming game at the Muhammadu Dikko Stadium where hosts Katsina United were held to a 2-2 draw by ABS.
Twice ABS had to rally from behind after Martins Ossy and Oluwasegun Akinbo scored for them to cancel out goals by Destiny Ashadi and Joseph Adah for Katsina United.
Two matches produced no goals. Gombe United versus Lobi Stars and Abia Warriors versus FC Ifeanyiubah.
However title-holders Rangers and last season's runners-up could only play 20 minutes of their game at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium in Enugu as the rain washed things out. The game will be concluded on Monday morning.