March, 26 2023.
Promoted Bendel Insurance continued laying down the marker in this season's Nigeria Premier Football League (NPFL) by holding eight time Champions, Enyimba Int'l to a pulsating 1-1 draw in Aba, in the Pick of Matchday 10 games, played on Sunday.
A share of the spoils, meant Insurance remains on top of the Group A log with a haul of 24 points, while Enyimba reclined from 2nd on the Group a log to fourth, on 17 points.
Bendel Insurance also becomes the first team to score against the People's Elephant in Aba;
Meanwhile, the struggles of Nasarawa United continued, as the Solid Miners fell 0-1 to Remo Stars in Ikene; Kwara United spanked harpless visitors, El-Kanemi Warriors of Maiduguri 2-0 ; same scoreline with which Plateau United defeated
Gombe United in Jos.
Elsewhere at the Godswill Apkabio International Stadium in Uyo, Akwa United humbled Shooting Stars Sports Club of Ibadan 2-0.
In Group B, Enugu Rangers rallied from a goal down to edge fellow strugglers, Bayelsa United 2-1 in Awka; Rivers United needed a late goal to force a 1-1 draw with Abia Warriors of Umuahia. But the Pride of Rivers are now level on 19 points with the leaders, Lobi Stars who got trashed 2-0 at the Pantami Stadium in Gombe, by promoted Doma United; and in nearby Bauchi, it was honours evenly shared as Wikki Tourists drew 1-1 with Sunshine Stars of Akure.
On Saturday, Niger Tornadoes of Minna edged Dakkada FC of Uyo 2-1 as the NPFL resumed from its mid-season and General Elections break.
Tornadoes raced into the lead as early as the 6th minute, through David Okoromi and Emmanuel Jonas doubled the advantage for the Ikon Allah Boys, 9 minutes later.
The home side halved the deficit through Aniekan Okon Ekpe from the penalty spot, deep into second half stoppage time; but that was all, as Tornadoes ran away with all 3 points, and the first road win of the second stanza.
The victory means Tornadoes increased their points tally to 15, and moved from seventh on the Group B log to fourth; while Dakkada FC remained bottom of the log, with 7 points from 10 games played. Www.ckdmedia.ng report.
Day 11 of the NPFL continues this midweek, with a full programme of ten matches to be decided in both Groups of the top flight league, at designated match venues.