Kano Pillars 1 Enyimba 0: Pillars Climb Top of the NPFL After a Dramatic Win in Lokoja.

Kano Pillars are back on top of the Glo Pemier League standing, thanks to a late Manir Ubale match winner in the replay of the Matchday 31 botched fixture in Lokoja on Tuesday.

Following the decision by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) that the match between both title contenders- which was abandoned in Kano in the last ten minutes due to crowd encroachment of the pitch with the host leading 2-1- to be rescheduled, both sides returned to a closed door Confluence Stadium venue with the top of the table at stake.

A stoppage time goal by substitute Ubale pivoted the ‘Sai Maitsugida’ to the summit of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) log with 60 points from 35 games, while the ‘People’s Elephant’ remain fourth on 56 points.

Enyimba created more chances in the first-half but couldn’t finish off some impressive build-up play while Pillars struggled to get in the game.

Victor Ezeji thought he had given the visitors the lead in the 15th minute only for his effort to be ruled offside before he had his header 4 minutes from the interval tipped for corner by Pillars’ goalkeeper Theophilus Afelokhai.

Pillars’ Kabiru Umar had two clear chances in the first-half stoppage time to pull the hosts ahead but first; blasted his shot off the target from the edge of the box and moments later forced Enyimba goalkeeper Femi Thomas to push the shot for a corner.

Glo Premier League.
Glo Premier League.

Kano Pillars stepped up their game in the second-half and were rewarded late on.

Thomas impacted greatly on the scoreline when he kept out another goal-bound header from inisde the area by Shehu Abdullahi after 64 minutes.

He also blocked Bello Komfarmata’s shot in the 70th minute as the defending champions searched for a goal in the second-half.