Ayo Saka made a quality hit for Lobi Stars and that strike made the difference between them and Kano Pillars in Makurdi in a Nigerian premier league match played on Sunday.
The victory cemented Lobi’s leadership of the Nigerian league with 33 points from 17 matches. They remain six points clear of their closest rivals Katsina United.
Ebube Duru made brilliant cross from the wing for Saka to ensure that Solomon Ogbeide’s men remain on top. Pillars’ left-back, Chris Madaki, was sent off for a second bookable offence.
Close chasers Katsina United also defeated El-Kanemi Warriors 1-0 at the Mohammadu Dikko Stadium. El-Kanemi’s Razak Aliyu was sent off three minutes from time.
At the Bako Kontagora Stadium in Minna, Niger Tornadoes extended their unbeaten run to eight games as they defeated Yobe Desert Stars 1-0. Andrew Ikefe netted the winner in the last minute of added time.
In Uyo, Akwa United bounced back from their exit from the CAF Confederation Cup, edging out Sunshine Stars 2-1. Enyimba held Wikki Tourists to a 0-0 draw at the New Jos Stadium, improving their unbeaten run in all competitions to seven games.
Other winners on Sunday are Niger Tornadoes, Akwa United and Nasarawa United, while Enugu Rangers bagged their first point ever at FC Ifeanyiubah.
Wikki Tourists and Kwara United were also pegged back at home by Enyimba and Go Round FC, respectively.
The Oriental derby between hosts FC IfeanyiUbah and Enugu Rangers ended in a goalless draw.
Nasarawa 1-0 Abia Warriors
Katsina Utd 1-0 El-Kanemi
Lobi 1-0 Kano Pillars
Akwa Utd 2-1 Sunshine
Wikki 0-0 Enyimba
FCIU 0-0 Rangers
Kwara Utd 1-1 Go Round
Tornadoes 1-0 Yobe Stars
MFM FC Vs Rivers Utd
Heartland FC Vs Plateau Utd