NPFL: Kano Pillars vs Akwa United Abandoned After Pitch Invasion

The much anticipated top of the table clash between Kano Pillars and Akwa United descended into a farce after invading fans caused the matchday 27 encounter at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium to be abandoned before full time.

With the game goalless and full time approaching, Pillars found the back of the net but the effort was flagged for offside following which mayhem ensued as hordes of fans invaded the pitch causing players and officials to scamper for safety.

With the game and all professional football matches in the country supposed to be played behind closed doors, the presence of fans at the Ahmadu Bello was in clear breach of Nigeria Football Federation and Federal Government Covid-19 protocols.

The League Management Company has yet to comment on the incident.

Meanwhile Enyimba were handed a chastening defeat at Katsina United who raced into a 3-0 lead at half time with Samuel Kalu, Rasheed Ahmed and Abubakar Mahmud all netting before Anayo Iwuala scored a consolatory effort for the eight-time league champions.

Elsewhere, Wikki Tourist withstood a late rally by FC Ifeanyiubah to escape with a 4-3 victory in a thrilling goal fest.

Yahaya Nafizi’s hat trick and Manu Garba’s goal put Wikki four goals up before the hour mark, but the relegation-threatened visitors mounted a fightback led by Ekene Awazie but they ran out of time to complete what would have been a remarkable come back.

Super Eagles goalkeeper Ikechukwu Ezenwa returned to the lineup after an injury layoff as Heartland FC claimed a first win in six games with a 2-1 win against Jigawa Golden Stars in Owerri.

Paul Samson was on target as Abia Warriors breezed past Lobi Stars 2-0 in Okigwe and it was a similar scoreline as ten-man Adamawa United won for the first time in four games ending Rivers United eight-game unbeaten run in the process.

Ifeanyi Nweke, Israel Abia, Godspower Aniefok and Ibrahim Olawoyin all scored as Enugu Rangers demolished Sunshine Stars 4-1 at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium. Kwara United needed a 72nd-minute penalty by Chinedu Nwaeze to squeeze past MFM FC in Ilorin and in Lafia, Nasarawa United made light work of visiting Plateau United with Chinedu Ohanachom and a Silas Nwankwo penalty completing a 2-0 win for the hosts.

The day’s sole away win was secured by Kareem Abdoulaye whose 61st-minute effort lifted Dakkada FC past home side Warri Wolves.