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NPFL: Katsina United ends Akwa United’s 18-game unbeaten streak as Ebuka sends Kano Pillars back to third place

A first-half strike at Muhammadu Dikko Stadium doomed the Promise Keepers to their first league loss since February 14

Katsina United defeated Akwa United 1-0 to end their 18-game unbeaten streak in the Nigeria Professional Football League on Sunday.

Samuel Kalu’s 15th-minute penalty goal separated the teams at Katsina as Kennedy Boboye’s men suffered their fourth league loss of the season.

Ahead of the trip to Muhammadu Dikko Stadium, Akwa United beat the last Adamawa United 2-0 and they still lead the table despite Sunday’s setback.

They have 53 points after 29 matches while Nasarawa United and Kano Pillars lag behind in second and third, respectively with 52 points each.

At Lafia Township Stadium, Nasarawa United won a 2-1 victory over Rivers United.

Chigozi Obasi opened the scoring in the 22nd minute and Tochukwu Udeh doubled the hosts’ lead on the hour mark.

Meanwhile, Godwin Aguda scored Rivers United’s only goal in the game after converting from the penalty spot in the 68th minute.

Sunday’s result took the Solid Miners’ winning streak at Lafia to 11 games, their last home loss dating back to a 2-1 loss to Enyimba in February.

In Kano, Ibrahim Musa’s men ended their four-game winless streak after beating Ifeanyi Ubah 1-0.

David Ebuka scored the crucial goal in the 27th minute, which saw Pillars claim their 16th victory of the season in the Nigerian top flight.

At Jos International Stadium, Plateau United extended their unbeaten home record to 14 games after holding Enyimba to a goalless draw.

The People’s Elephants are fifth in the table, tied at 49 points with Kwara United in fourth.

The two teams have played 28 games each, and they are expected to face each other in their exceptional game.

Elsewhere, MFM’s trip to Okigwe Township Stadium ended in a 2-0 loss to Heartland.

Chidera Ezeh scored a game opener in the sixth minute and Kingsley Maduforo’s goal in the stoppage time ensured the hosts maximum points.

The Olukoya Boys will look to bounce back on their way to victory when they host Kano Pillars at Agege Stadium on Wednesday.

The Sunshine Stars remain unmoved in the drop zone after a 1-0 loss to Kwara alongside Warri Wolves, who suffered a 1-0 loss at home to Enugu Rangers.

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