After defeating Abubakar Bukola Saraki (ABS) 1-0 in Owerri on Sunday, FA Cup winners Heartland moved to the top of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL).
It was their seventh win of the season with the only goal coming from Amarachi Okaegbu in the 34th minute.
Both Heartland and defending champions Kano Pillars- with a game in hand apiece- are on 22 points, but Heartland leads on goal difference.
Coincidentally, the outstanding tie is their May 29 replay scheduled for Abuja after both team’s clash in Kano was abandoned for security reasons.
Kano Pillars came into the weekend as table topper, but failed to secure a point at Warri Wolves by falling 0-2 in the first 13 minutes.
Oghenekaro Etebo scored his 6th goal of the season in the 6th minute and Joseph Osadiaye made it two in the 13th minute.
However, Kabiru Umar got a consolatory goal for Pillars in the closing minutes of the second half, but was insufficient to keep his team at the top as they lost 2-1 to Wolves.
In Aba, Bayelsa United flunked their chance of going top by falling behind in the 12th minute in their game against Enyimba through an Ayo Saka strike.
Last season’s leading scorer, Sibi Gwar got the second goal for Enyimba to kill off the contest and ensure that the People’s Elephant move into the top six of the NPFL log with 19 points.
Sharks still remain in the bottom four in spite of their 1-0 victory over Sunshine Stars in Port Harcourt.
Chibuzor Osigwe converted Anthony Okemiri’s cross with a half volley in the 62nd minute to give Sharks their third win.
Wiki Tourists were stunned by Nembe City, 2-1 as Ibrahim Babale scored in the 30th minute.
The lead was cancelled by Arinze Obioma before the interval and Joshua Uge secured the winner for the host City in the business end of the tie.
Ali Adamu continued his scoring form for Kaduna United as his solitary goal in the 59th minute was enough for victory against Lobi Stars.
Kwara United versus Dolphin ended at one- goal score- draw. Yahaya Adamu scored in the 39th minute for the host before Fred Okwara finished off in a typical goal- poacher’s attitude to ensure Dolphins, who were without their key players a 1-1 draw.
At the Pantami stadium in Gombe State, San Gidado’s 14th minute strike proved decisive against El- Kanemi Warriors.
Nasarawa United and Akwa United played a goalless draw in Lafia.