Only a few weeks ago many believed the title was all but sewn up and Aba was the destination of this season’s Glo Premier League title but after Match Day 32’s results, in which Warri Wolves closed the gap to just three points, there perhaps appears to be some late drama lying in wait for us.
The Seasiders triumphed 3-0 on Saturday when they faced second-placed Sunshine Stars in Warri with Gbolahan Salami netting a hat-trick that effectively ended the title dream of the Akure Gunners. Swapping positions on the log and now within touching distance of Enyimba, who fell 1-2 away at Owerri on Sunday. No doubt it appears the momentum is with Paul Aigbogun’s men.
The other Oriental Derby played on Saturday saw Abia Warriors and Enugu Rangers play out a thrilling 3-3 draw with Chisom Chikatara grabbing his own hat-trick while Rangers showed their resilience by getting an equalizer with was virtually was the last kick of the game.
While players were firing hat-tricks, three fixtures posted barren draws. FC Ifeanyiubah compounded relegation travails for a toothless Dolphins side in Port Harcourt, leaving the former champions in real danger of playing in the lower division next year. Kano Pillars continued their new found impressive away resilience when they held Giwa FC to a goalless draw in Jos. The third draw was at the Lekan Salami Stadium where Shooting Stars were unable to find their way past bottom-placed Bayelsa United.
Akwa United and Sharks also lost away to Kwara United and El-Kanemi Warriors respectively. It ended 2-1 in Ilorin as Aniekpeno Udoh’s penalty was insufficient to fetch the visitors a point after Kwara United had gone two goals up earlier on. Sharks also left the Katsina Stadium empty-handed as goals by Benjamin Turba and Efe Yarhere condemned them to a 2-0 defeat.
There were narrow 1-0 wins in Bauchi and Lafia for Wikki Tourists victors over FC Taraba and Nasarawa United, who needed a late Esosa Igbinoba spot kick to triumph over Lobi Stars. That late goal in Lafia, Igbinoba’s 15th goal of the season now places him atop of the league’s goalscorers chart with just six rounds of games left.
Nothing changed at the foot of the table as the Harmony Warriors were the only relegation haunted side to win at the weekend. The win however left them rooted in 18th and the bottom six remain Bayelsa United, FC Taraba, Kwara United, Dolphins, Sharks and Akwa United in that order.


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