Abdulrahman Bashir

The 2016/2017 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) recorded its fastest goal on Sunday as Nasarawa United’s Abdulrahman Bashir  scored in the 15th second of the fixture against Abia Warriors FC.

The NPFL Match Day 8 encounter was played at the Lafia Township Stadium, and it saw the hosts winning 3-1 against the visiting Umuahia-based Warriors.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Bashir received a pass from Zenke Thomas at the edge of their opponents’ penalty area to score from close range.

The home fans were still celebrating when Abia Warriors responded in the same fashion to equalise in the 3rd minute through Sunday Adetunji.

He had a one-two interplay with Kalu Nweke in the middle of three Nasarawa United players before shooting to score.

In the 16th minute, an attempt by Nasarawa United’s Douglas Achiev to dribble into the visitors’ penalty area saw him being upended by Abiodun Adebayo.

This led to a free kick by team captain Emmanuel Makama, which eventually led to another free kick, from which Douglas Archiev curled a shot into the right hand corner.

Nasarawa United extended their lead in the 51st minute, through defender Jide Williams who rose higher than Abia Warriors goalkeeper Moses Ochege to head home a Thomas corner kick.

Centre referee Ferdinand Udoh sent off one member of the Abia Warriors’ technical crew for unsporting behaviour in the 72nd minute, as the match wore to an end.

Speaking after the match, Isaac Danladi, Chairman of Nasarawa United, described the victory as a relief and a much-needed win after his team started the season with a string of poor results.

“Before now, we were under serious pressure. But the players responded with a good style of football. You should know that there are teams that start poorly and end well and some that start well and end up poorly.

“Nasarawa United always start poorly, but the moment we start picking points, we make good progress.

“I am so happy and I want to assure our fans that the team will do well this season,” he said.

...Lobi Stars, Katsina United end it goalless

Hosts Lobi Stars Football Club of Makurdi on Sunday at the Aper Aku Stadium draw goalless with visiting Katsina United FC in a 2016/2017 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) fixture.

Both teams missed several goal scoring chances in the course of the game.

Some football enthusiasts who spoke to NAN after the match expressed disappointment at the Lobi Stars’ players attitude towards meeting their target.

Ameh Eche, a businessman, said both teams however played as though they didn’t train in preparation for the match.

Rita Iorfa, a student, expressed sadness at the match’s result, adding “the players may have issues with the officials, which are undisclosed and unresolved.

“Their approach to the match was not serious. They just wasted the 90 minutes.’’

After the match both team coaches turned down interview requests from journalists at the stadium.

On their part, Niger Tornadoes Football Club of Minna defeated visiting Enyimba International Football Club of Aba 1-0 in a 2016/2017 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) encounter.

The NPFL Match Day 8 game was played at the Confluence Stadium in Lokoja.

The hosts showed greater determination than their opponents in securing the maximum three points at the end of the 90 minutes. Niger Tornadoes scored their goal in the 23rd minute through Sadiq Suleiman, following a cross from Ifeanyi Okoye on the left side.

Barely 15 minutes into the match’s second half, Enyimba’s Petan Suswan, got a straight red card for dissent after he was involved in a dangerous tackle.

Head Coach of Niger Tornadoes, Bala Abubakar, later told NAN that his players were determined to win the game and were excited to have secured the maximum three points.

“The reason we didn’t get it right from the beginning of the season is because most of our players are new in the team, and it takes time to understand one another.

“But now we have had five unbeaten matches so far, and we are going to Jos to face Plateau United in our next match with a different match plan we believe will work out well for us,” Abubakar said.

The Technical Adviser of Enyimba International, Gbenga Ogunbote, told NAN that it was quite unfortunate that his team lost the match.

“This is not a match we ought to have lost but sometimes it is so, and that is the game of football for you.

“We have learnt some lessons from it and all we need to do is to make the necessary amendment,” Ogunbote said.


..Hosts Sunshine Stars fail to pick maximum points

Sunshine Stars Football Club of Akure for the second consecutive time failed to pick the maximum points at home, after drawing 2-2 with visiting ABS FC of Ilorin on Sunday.

The 2016/2017 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) Match Day 8 fixture played at the Ondo State Sports Complex in Akure, the hosts failed to excite their home fans.

The visiting side’s Ernest Governor opened scores in the 11th minute, before Ayo Saka equalised in the 31st minute from the penalty kick spot.

Alaba Adeniyi gave Sunshine Stars the lead in the 41st minute, before Governor earned his brace to equalise for the visitors in the 54th minute.

ABS FC’s Chinedu Ajana was shown a red card for time-wasting in the 90th minute of the match.

Speaking later, Henry Makinwa, ABS FC’s Coach, told newsmen that he was happy with the result and performance of his players.

Makinwa also said he was satisfied with the officiating, even though he had questions concerning the penalty kick to the home team.

“For us, the result is fantastic. We came here for a win, but we have got a draw and that is fantastic,” he said.

All efforts to speak with any member of the Sunshine Stars FC technical crew proved abortive, as the home fans who stormed the pitch to protest the result.


Other Matchday 8 results

Niger Tornadoes FC 1-0 Enyimba International FC

Sunshine Stars FC 2-2 ABS FC

Lobi Stars FC 0-0 Katsina United FC

Nasarawa United FC 3-1 Abia Warriors FC

Akwa United FC 2-1 Plateau United FC

El-Kanemi Warriors FC 3-0 Gombe United FC