Lagos - Sunday's match day in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) was full of surprising results as one of the big teams, Enugu Rangers, lost at home to Giwa FC one-nil, Supersport reports.
Rangers faithful would still refuse to believe their eyes after the Elephant of Jos claimed the scalp of their team right before them at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium in Enugu.
Giwa FC had to wait until the 50th minute when Shuaibu Ibrahim scored from a free kick as they claimed all points to shred the call of the bookmakers. The Jos club have now climbed into the top-five on seven points.
The Kano Pillars-Enyimba clash billed as the big game was dwarfed by other performances on the day. But Pillars managed a 1-0 win over their rivals through Ubong Ekpai flyer just before the break.
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Ekpai's goal proved vital as Pillars climbed six places into sixth spot on six points.
Heartland are now the league leaders. They put up a supreme display at Kwara United to win 3-1. Ahmed Jimoh gave Kwara United the lead inside 10 minutes but a 17-minute blitz by Heartland produced three goals from Mohammed Mohammed, Jimoh Oni and Bright Ejike.
The Owerri club now sit pretty on top of the standings with two points clear and a 100 percent run after three matches.
Wikki Tourists came up with one of the stunning results on Sunday as they defeat Abia Warriors 2-1 at the Umuahia Township Stadium.
Ahmed Mohammed Yusuf opened score for Wikki in the 51st minute before Chisom Chikatara levelled matters 17 minutes later for Abia Warriors. But the Tourists had the last laugh as Godwin Obaje popped up with the winner eight minutes to time. The Tourists move into second spot on seven points.
Bayelsa United forked out their first win of the season when they defeated FC Taraba 1-0. Jafar Buhari headed home the winning goal to ease the pressure off their head coach, Solomon Ogbeide.
Lobi Stars and Sharks rallied to a 2-2 draw at the Aper Aku Stadium, Jaiyeola Yusuf set the tone for the goals in the sixth minute but Uche Ihurualam equalized just before half time for Lobi.
A minute past the hour mark, Eche Idakwo put Lobi in the lead before Bode Daniel got a late goal to put score at 2-2. Moses Bunde missed a spot kick that should have given Lobi their first win of the season. The draw now leaves them as the draw specialists of the campaign after four draws in four matches.
It ended 1-0 in favour of Akwa United as they claimed their first win of the season when Gabros came calling. But their restless fans had to wait till the 82nd minute to get that important goal through Mgbem Chukwujike's strike.
Sunshine Stars fashioned out a 2-1 win over former champions Dolphins that saw them leap into third place. But they had to come from behind to win.
Chinwendu Ali scored seven minutes before half time before Tunde Adeniji dragged a spot kick off target in the closing stages of the first half. Adeniji then scored in the start of the second half before Prince Aggreh netted a very late goal that broke the hearts of Dolphins' travelling contingent.
Only one game ended without a goal. Nasarawa United and Shooting Stars fired blanks at the Lafia City Stadium.
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