Rabiu Ali was the hero of the day with a hat trick as Kano Pillars joined Rangers International at the top with 10 points after Match Day 5 fixtures with a 3-2 win over Akwa United at the Sani Abacha Stadium on Sunday evening. Rangers had climbed to the pole position 24 hours earlier after a 1-0 defeat of hard fighting Wikki Tourists. Godwin Aguda netted the only goal of that match at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium reports www.npfl.ng

Akwa United recently sent out of the CAF Confederation Cup in a penalty shootout with a Congolese side began brightly in Kano, taking the lead after 10 minutes through Michael Ibe Okoro but the lead was short-lived as Rabiu Ali waited just four minutes to erase the lead and for the first of what would be an eventual hat trick.

Read more: Match Day 5 Round-up: Rabiu Ali’s hat trick lift Pillars to joint tops with Rangers  

By Uchenna Iyoke

El-Kanemi Warriors of Maiduguri produced a brilliant performance to stun holders Enyimba 2-0 in a Matchday 5 of the Nigerian Professional Football League at the Karkanda Stadium in Katsina.

The Warriors showed promising intent from the blast of the whistle with Chinedu Ohanachom, Ibrahim Mustapha and Ezekiel Thompson unrelentingly troubling the Enyimba backline.
Ohanachom was to draw the first blood in the 13th minute after hitting the roof of the net from close range off an assist by Cameroonian, Isaac Hele Hele.

Read more: Ohanachom, Mustapha score as El-Kanemi stun champions Enyimba 2-0  

By Damiete Sanipe.        
Nasarawa United continued their miserable start to the season as a late goal by Ivorian import Guy Kuemian denied them an opportunity to register their first point of the season, losing 1-0 to Rivers United at the Yakubu Gowon stadium Port Harcourt.

Playing their third of five games of the season due to continental engagements and placed at the foot of the log, the Solid Miners feared no fall as they came out solidly to play their host who had won their last two home games.

Read more: Kuemian's late goal adds to Nasarawa United's misery  

Rabiu Ali stole the show in a Match Day 5 duel of the Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL) between Kano Pillars and Akwa United at the Sani Abacha Stadium, Kano, as the hosts ran out 3-2 winners.

The hosts had started out as the more enterprising side, with Gambo Mohamed coming very close to putting them ahead on the 3rd minute but for the quick reflex of goalkeeper Bassey Akpan.
However, the visitors, aiming to fight for the points, went ahead in as early as the 10th minute, through Michael Ibe, who pounced on a loose ball from a mix-up in the Pillars’ defence to slot the ball past David Obiozor, who was in goal for the hosts.

By China Acheru

Abia Warriors worked as hard as they could but could not find a way past a determined Kano Pillars side in Umuahia on Wednesday in the Nigeria Professional Football League.

It was a Match Day 4 fixture and with the home side having a good run in the League (two wins and one draw) the home fans were optimistic that it would be their day against a team that had never lost on that turf.

Pillars’ start to the season may not have wowed their fans but they had a good record in Umuahia and that was the setting ahead of the game.

A flurry of missed chances It was the away side that started the attacks as early as the 1st minute when Gambo Mohammed thought he had his sight on goal but the Assistant Referees flag went up for off side.

Read more: Abia Warriors, Pillars end it barren in Umuahia  

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