Sharks retain top spot in NPFL


By Okey Onwugbonu

Sharks FC came from behind to see off a hard fighting Giwa FC in a week thirteen tie in the Nigerian Professional Football League at the Sharks FC Stadium

Giwa drew first blood in the 27th minute when Charles Okoro stabbed home from eighteen yards leaving Sharks defenders Ezekiel Michael and Alaba Osawe in his wake.

The Blue Angels drew level via a beautifully dispatched penalty kick by goalkeeper Isah Danladi for his fourth goal of the season after Ajani Ibrahim was brought down by Giwa’s left full back Madaki Chriyoung.

Ajani Ibrahim's low drive in the eightieth minute from nineteen yards beat goalkeeper Ojo Olorunleke to seal the tie and ensure that the Blue Angels still remain top of the table.

Ajani said after the game that he was grateful to God and believes Sharks can win the title.

“I really thank God for the goal I scored and I believe with this win we can keep up our game and eventually win the League,” Ajani told naijafootball247.com.

Meanwhile, Giwa FC’s scorer on the day, Charles Okoro told naijafootball247.com that there is still a lot to play for.

“It was a painful loss for us but we are not giving up. We still have a lot to play for and we will continue to fight,” Okoro said.

Other games

It was a seven goal thriller in Katsina Ala as the game between Lobi Stars and Warri Wolves ended 4-3 in favour of the home side.

Kano Pillars won their 1st away game since March 2013 beating Gombe United at the Pantami Stadium 3-2 with reports by media officer of Pillars, Idris Malikawa that their bus was vandalized by enraged Gombe United fans.

“The side mirror of our bus was destroyed by fans of Gombe United who threw stones at us as we left the Pantami Stadium after the game,” Malikawa said in an email to naijafootball247.com.
Abia Warriors got the second road win of the week, beating Bayelsa United 3-1 in Benin.

Enyimba lost 3-1 at Nasarawa United


All the results

Heartland 2-0 Rangers International
Sane Ousmane Pape (og) 11th
Julius Ubido

Sharks 2-1 Giwa FC
Danladi Issah (37 pen) Okoro Charles (25th)
Ibrahim Ajani (80th)

Kaduna United 3-0 Nembe City

Bayelsa United 1-3 Abia Warriors
Peter Ebimobowei (35) Ifeanyi Onyali (39th, 57th)

Nasarawa United 3-1 Enyimba International
Bature Yaro (27th)
Esosa (40th)
Samuel Agba. Mfon Udoh (90th)

Akwa United 0-0 FC Taraba

Gombe United 2-3 Kano Pillars
Adamu Mohammed (23) Rabiu Ali (37)
Haruna Babalo (48th)

El-Kanemi 1-1 Dolphins
Omo Johnson (23rd)

Crown FC 2-1 Sunshine Stars
Yomi Olaoke (6th) Muyiwa Lawal (58th)
Bode Daniel (48th)


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