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Akwa United close the gap on league leaders

Michael Ibe's 76th-minute strike for 10-man Akwa United sealed a 1-0 away victory against Yobe Desert Stars on a weekend in which league leaders Lobi Stars were defeated.

Akwa, who had to deal with Ayobami Asekunowo's first-half dismissal, are just two points behind Stars, who became the latest heavyweight casualty to stumble in Omoku as they lost 1-0 to Go Round at the Krisdera Hotel Stadium. Shedrack Oghali headed in Akinwale Ogunjobi's 69th-minute cross for the winner.

Go Round, who remain unbeaten...

Dramatic win revives Tornadoes' title-challenge

Bashir Usman's late goal secured a dramatic 2-1 away win for Niger Tornadoes against FC Ifeanyi Ubah for a first victory in three games as they got their title challenge back on track.

A game which appeared to be headed for a goalless draw suddenly sparked into life in the final 18 minutes, with Mubarak Ejiogu giving Tornadoes the lead.

Godwin Obaje equalised from the spot in the 90th-minute after goalkeeper Terkaa Melai was adjudged to have fouled the forward, but Usman applied the killer blow...

NPFL heavyweights face tricky away ties

Three of the NPFL's chasing pack -- Plateau United, Kano Pillars and Niger Tornadoes -- all face tricky away games on matchday 22 as they attempt to close the gap to leaders Lobi Stars.

Kano Pillars, who are without red-hot Junior Lokosa for the first time this campaign, are away in Lafia against Nasarawa United.

Sai Masu Gida have failed to win away this season in 10 previous attempts, but could they get it right in the absence of their top scorer and complete a double over relegation-threatened...

Niger Tornadoes defender dies in traffic accident

Niger Tornadoes defender Hussaini Isah passed away in Minna, Niger State, on Monday evening after reportedly being struck by a motorcycle, the Nigeria Premier Football League club has confirmed.

The player was in action for the Ikon Allah Boys on Sunday evening against Kwara United, and was selected as the Man of the Match. He was hit by a motorcycle rider along Maitumbi road in Minna 24 hours later, the club said.

In a brief statement released by Niger Tornadoes on Monday night, the club announced:...

Lobi Stars pull further clear at the top

Lobi Stars moved five points clear at the top of the Nigeria Professional Football League table on Sunday thanks to a 1-0 home win against Sunshine Stars.

The game in Makurdi was decided by Kehinde Abayomi's 73rd-minute own goal, a result which piles further pressure on Sunshine, who are struggling in the relegation zone.

Nyima Nwagua salvaged an away point for Kano Pillars at Heartland in a 1-1 draw in Owerri on Sunday. The bottom club stunned their more illustrious opponents in the 28th minute...