Lagos - Sunshine Stars are now Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) leaders after Giwa FC played out a goalless draw at Enyimba in a week eight game on Sunday, Supersport reports.
The new league leaders, with 16 points, go one point clear of Giwa FC who drop to second place from their previous top-of-the-table position.
Sunshine Stars had to wait till the hour mark before they dispatched 3SC in the southwest derby. Two goals in the space of seven minutes from Tunde Adeniji and Dele Olorundare ended the resistance of the Oluyole Warriors.
And for the second successive season, Giwa FC proved to be the bogey team of Enyimba as they pulled off a goalless draw at the Enyimba Stadium. It was a deja vu result from last term when Kadiri Ikhana led the upstarts to secure a point in Aba but this time, Ikhana was at the receiving end as Enyimba head coach.
Enyimba have now dropped four points at home this term leaving them in ninth place in the standings.
The FC Taraba versus Gabros FC match produced six goals as both teams shared the points. Abdulmalik Mohammed, Usman Mohammed and Chinedu Ohanachom scored for FC Taraba while Oluchukwu Nwosu and Abuchi Okereke netted for Gabros plus an own goal by the hosts to secure to a point for the away team.
Dolphins were just seven minutes away from their first away win of the season before Uchechukwu Onyedikachi made the game safe for Bayelsa United at 2-2.
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Stanley Eguma's men took the lead on 33 minutes through Emeka Atuloma before Eric Frimpong levelled matters for Bayelsa United, and then Chidiebere Okolie restored Dolphins' lead before Onyedikachi pounced late to square the score for the hosts.
Lobi Stars stay bottom of the pile after a 0-0 draw at home to El-Kanemi Warriors. Lobi failed to convert a spot kick in the game when John Huan blazed over. El-Kanemi keep their fifth place.
Akwa United and Wikki Tourists also played out a goalless to the disappointment of the faithful of the former, who were playing at home.
A goal in each half for Abia Warriors, who were without their head coach, Ladan Bosso, following the death of his wife during the week, put Kwara United to the sword. Ifeanyi Onyeali and Chisom Chikatara scored for Warriors.
Ezekiel Mbah and Adamu Hassan scored second-half goals for champions, Kano Pillars to cushion the pressure on head coach Okey Emordi as they cruised to a 2-0 win over Sharks at the Sani Abacha Stadium. It was the 193rd home game in the NPFL without a loss for Kano Pillars.
A superb goal in the 62nd minute by Onoriode Odah put more misery on Heartland as Rangers won 1-0 in the Oriental Derby at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium.
Four different goalscorers made sure Warri Wolves claimed the biggest win of the match day when they dismissed Nasarawa United 4-1. But the game had to be delayed for more than 45 minutes due to a waterlogged pitch due to a heavy rainfall.
Oghenekaro Etebo, Gbolahan Salami, Joseph Eyimofe and Freedom Omofoman scored for Wolves while Esosa Igbinoba netted Nasarawa United's goal.For the latest on national news, politics, sport, entertainment and more follow us on Twitter and like our Facebook page.