By Uche Dozie
Sport Writer, kick442.com Nigeria
Akwa United and Kano Pillars made their journey from to their respective venues worth the while after they won their match day 17 fixtures.
Akwa United inflicted MFM FC their second home loss of the season after beating them by two goals to one at the Agege Township Stadium on Sunday.
The Uyo side put themselves in a good stead after a 43rd minutes goal by Mfon Udoh.
A quick counter attack by the Promise Keepers saw Ubong Friday located Ikechukwu Nwani with a good pass pass which the striker controlled calmly and dropped for Mfon Udoh who scored beautifully.
MFM restored parity in time before the end of the first phase. Paul Obata’ deflected Free kick drew the home team level after Mumini Amoo was brought down.
Ikechukwu Nwani’s 52nd minutes goal gave Akwa the lead and the win after a beautiful pass by Ndifreke Effiong.
In Bauchi, Kano Pillars defeated Wikki Tourist by two goals to one.
Nyima Nwagua put Pillars ahead in the 13th minutes after assist by Ebuka David.
In the 24th minutes, Ebuka this time was the celebrant as he scored from Mustapha Jibrin’s assist.
Wikki Tourist tried coming back to the game after Stephen Chukwude’s 66th minutes of the game.
It however didn’t do much as the Kano side went ahead to take all three points.
Lobi Stars shone brightly as they trounced Rivers United by four goals to one at the Aper Ku Stadium.
Two own goals by the pride of Rivers United resulted in a heavy defeat for the NPFL giants.
Kunle Odunlami diverted Ebube Duru’s freekick to his own net two minutes into the game.
Lobi went in to the dressing with the sole goal, but came out stronger in the second half.
Substitute Mathias Samuel’s exquisite pass found Ossy Martins who calmly hit it pass the legs of Akande Abiodun to make it two for Lobi.
In the 68th minutes, Lobi Stars made it 3-0 after
Samuel Mathias scored off a rebound from Douglas Achiv’s shot.
11 minutes later, Fortune Omoniwari reduced the deficit for the away side after Nelson Esor robbed Mutiu Ogundimi of the ball before setting up Omoniwari who calmly slotted home from close range.
Fabian Nworie headed past his own keeper from Mutiu Ogundimi’s lob in the 82nd minutes making it a miserable night for Rivers.
Match Day 17 results
Kwara United 5-0 Adamawa United
Abia Warriors 3-1 Katsina United
Wikki Tourists 1-2 Kano Pillars
Heartland 1-1 Warri Wolves
MFM FC 1-2 Akwa United
Lobi Stars 4-1 Rivers United
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