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NPFL: Enyimba Topples Sunshine

Posted: Aug 3, 2015 at 12:01 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Steve Oma-Ofozor Lagos

The rematch of ‘The Oriental Derby’ lived up to its billing as both Enyimba and Enugu Rangers played their hearts out on Sunday for the game to end 1-1 in Aba.

Enyimba players celebrating success

Enyimba players celebrating success

Despite the draw Enyimba tops the league table, following Sunshine 1-0 loss to Taraba.

Enyimba now has 37 points from 20 games, a point more than Sunshine Stars, which remains at 36 points.

Rangers forward, Onoriode Odah gave Rangers the lead in the ninth minute after earlier missing a one-on-one situation with goalkeeper Femi Thomas.

Enyimba new signing Musa Najere marked his debut with a goal against his old team in the 37th minute to level the game at 1-1.

League all-time hotshot Mfon Udoh returned to action after long lay-off when he was introduced by Enyimba for Ifeanyi George on the half hour mark.

Meanwhile, Enugu Rangers head coach, Imama Amapakabo, has expressed huge disappointment picking just one point out of six against oriental neigbhours, Enyimba.

Enugu Rangers lost 1-2 to Enyimba in the first fixture clash at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium in Enugu.

Amapakabo said his side would have picked more points than they did from both legs if not some sore missed chances.

“I feel bad with the 1-1 score line at Enyimba as this is a game we deserved to get more than just a point.

“Picking just a point out of six is not really a good one for us in the ongoing league season.

“In both legs of the encounters we created more chances which we did not use and I do not understand why the players allowed those chances to go unused.

“Now we know we have issue with goal scoring, we will go back to work on the lapses aimed at coming out far better in subsequent matches.

“I think I’m greatly disappointed with the overall score line more so as we were able to claim a mere one point out of six,” said the former Enyimba and Sharks coach to

The score draw upped the Flying Antelopes points haul to 28 from possible 60 in the 20-week old Nigerian top flight.

In Bauchi, Wikki failed to avenge a 4-0 trouncing at Heartland as the visitors played out a goalless draw.

Wikki has 34 points in 20 games, while Heartland has 33 points in 20 games.

Wikki Tourists Mubarak Umar, who has scored five goals so far this season, had the ball at the back of the net in the 47th minute, but was ruled off side.