Plateau United FC of Jos, leaders of the 2016/2017 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL), remained on top Sunday after beating visiting Abia Warriors FC of Umahia 2-1 at the Rwang Pam Stadium.
With the victory, Plateau United now have 13 points from a possible 15 from their first five fixtures in the NPFL to remain top of the log.
They took the lead just five minutes into the encounter, when Golbe Elisha scored from a free kick from the edge of the penalty box.
The dominant Plateau United almost doubled the lead in the 22nd minute with a shot by Elisha but his effort went just wide.
The visitors then stepped up their game and soon got rewarded for their efforts in the 34th minute.
Godwin Zaki equalised with a well-taken shot from outside the penalty area which beat goalkeeper John Gaadi.
Plateau United restored their lead in the 43rd minute, when an Abia Warriors defender handled the ball in the penalty area.
Kabiru Umar’s penalty kick was parried by goalkeeper Agbok Ekoi, but Philip Azango was on hand to put the ball at the back of the net from the rebound.
The visiting goalkeeper was again at his best to stop Elisha from scoring his second of the day.
Abia Warriors mounted pressure on the hosts towards the end of the match, but Plateau United stood their ground and were able to hold on to the maximum points.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that with the victory Plateau United are now the only unbeaten side so far in the 2016/2017 NPFL season.
Coach Abdullahi Biffo, Chief Coach of Abia Warriors, later said his team put in their very best but were disappointedd to go home empty-handed.
“We will however go back and assess our performance to see what was not done right.’’
He however declined to comment on the match’s officiating, even though he urged those who oversee the match officials’ activities to monitor them more closely.
Meanwhile, coach Kennedy Boboye of Plateau United said he was happy with securing victory after a very tough match.
“Abia Warriors are a very technical and sound side, and they came with the intention of getting a result in Jos.’’
The chief coach said his side would remain focused and would not be distracted by results of other clubs who might drop points.
He said his team’s concern was where they would be at the end of the season and not where they were at the moment.
All the results on Day 5
Following are the results of all the Match Day 5 fixtures in the 2016/2017 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL), played on Sunday:
MFM FC 1-0 Kano Pillars FC
ABS FC 2-0 Shooting Stars FC
Rivers United FC 0-0 Lobi Stars FC
Wikki Tourists FC 3-1 FC IfeanyiUbah
Rangers International FC 1-1 Niger Tornadoes FC
Remo Stars FC 2-0 El-Kanemi Warriors FC
Enyimba International FC 2-1 Nasarawa United FC
Plateau United FC 2-1 Abia Warriors FC
Gombe United FC 2-0 Sunshine Stars FC
Katsina United FC 1-1 Akwa United FC