Lobi Stars of Makurdi were forced to a 0-0 draw by NPFL leaders Plateau United to maintain their stranglehold on the top of the ladder with 55 points.
Enyimba International of Aba on the hand failed in their bid to close the gap on Plateau United as they fell 1-0 to relegation threatened Shooting Stars in Ibadan in the Nigeria Professional Football League on Sunday.
The only goal of the game was scored by Abayomi Adebayo in the eighth minute.
Shooting Stars are now in the 16th position on 40 points on the league table, while Enyimba remain fourth on 47 points.
In Uyo, title-chasing Akwa United came from behind to beat Nasarawa United 2-1. Nasarawa took a shock 1-0 lead following a 38th minute goal by Aminu Kadir but Ubong Friday equalised for them with four minutes left in the first half before Christian Pyagbara scored the winner in the 48th minute.
Akwa United, who have a game in hand, jump from third position to second on 50 points on the log, five points adrift of Plateau United.
Another team in the race for the title, El-Kanemi Warriors, lost 1-0 to Sunshine Stars in Ijebu Ode.
Sikiru Alimi was the hero for Sunshine Stars as his 34th minute goal sealed the win for his club as they continue to move away from relegation waters with their third win in four games.
In Ilorin, champions Rangers’ poor run in the league continued as they lost 2-0 to ABS and got dragged back into the relegation fight. With Sunshine, 3SC and Rivers United winning, the Flying Antelopes are now in the relegation zone.
A goal in each half from Abubakar Chindo and Wasiu Alalade in the 15th and 51st minutes respectively secured the three points for ABS.
At the Sani Abacha Stadium in Kano, Remo Stars’ relegation woes worsened as they lost 2-0 to Kano Pillars.
Nyima Nwagua gave Kano Pillars the lead in the 15th minute.
In the 39th minute, Sikiru Kamal scored what was the winner to give Pillars the win.