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Match Day 20 round-up: Enyimba go top of NPFL after 1-1 draw with Rangers


Former CAF Champions League winners, Enyimba, moved into the summit of the Glo Premier League (Nigeria Professional Football League) for the first time this season after forcing southeast neighbours, Rangers, to a 1-1 draw on Sunday.

Pre-match analysis favoured Enyimba to complete the double on Rangers due to their impressive run in the top division this season so far, and the fact that they had made stellar additions to their intimidating squad.

Enyimba coach, Kadiri Ikhana, gave mid-season signing, Musa Najere, his debut in the blue colours of the club while record league goalscorer, Mfon Udoh, returned to the match day squad for the first time since May.

Coach of Rangers, Imama Amapakabo, also surprisingly gave out-of-favour Super Eagles goalkeeper Chigozie Agbim the nod ahead of Itodo Akor in the startlist.

Rangers made the first impression as Onoriode Odah should have given them the lead but Enyimba keeper Femi Thomas went down well to make a one-handed save from a one-on-one situation.
But Odah made amends for his earlier miss by scooping a header over Thomas for the opening goal just nine minutes after kick-off. It was 1-0 to Rangers with Enyimba faithful stunned into silence.
It took the Peoples Elephant 28 minutes to restore parity. A well-planned move by Enyimba around the box freed Markson Ojobo on the right, who squared into the near post for Najere to convert unmarked past Agbim to put the score at 1-1.

Click to continue reading the full match day 20 roundup on the NPFL website.

ALL RESULTS & GOALSCORERS
•Bayelsa United 1-1 Akwa United
-Salomon Junior 61' [1-0]
-Aniekpeno Udoh 90+2' [1-1]

•Elkanemi Warriors 1-0 Shooting Stars
-Abraham Audu 65' [1-0]

•Enyimba 1-1 Rangers
-Onoriode Odah 11' [0-1]
-Musa Najere 32' [1-1]

•Giwa FC 1-0 Kwara United
-Charles Henlong 48' [1-0]

•Ifeanyi Ubah 1-1 Abia Warriors
-Christopher Omeseibi 25' [0-1]
Yusuf Afeez 53' [1-1]

•Kano Pillars 2-1 Lobi Stars
-Rabiu Ali 21' [1-0]
-Shagari Mohammed 35' [2-0]
-Anthony Okpotu 48' [2-1]

•Taraba FC 1-0 Sunshine Stars
-Stephen Adah 43' [1-0]

•Wikki Tourists 0-0 Heartland

Saturday, August 1, 2015

•Dolphins 3-1 Wikki Tourists
-Esosa Igbinoba 25' *pen [0-1]
-Ifeanyi Egwim 33' [1-1]
-Ifeanyi Egwim 39' [2-1]
-Ifeanyi Egwim 58' [3-1]

•Sharks 2-1 Warri Wolves
-Frederick Obomate 26' [1-0]
-Chibuzor Madu 40' [2-0]
-Kufre Ebong 84' [2-1]

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