Plateau United proved they are human after all by losing 2-1 to lowly Akwa United in a Week Eight Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) match at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium, Uyo.
The Jos-based team, which have surprised league watchers with their tenacity and victories, home and away, were expected to beat Akwa United even in Uyo following the home team’s unimpressive performance in the season so far. But the side led by former Abia Warriors’ coach, Kennedy Boboye, succumbed to the desperation of the Uyo team, which played their best game of the season so far yesterday.
However, Plateau United maintained top spot on the table despite the defeat.
Akwa United opened scores through former Enyimba star, Christian Pyagbara, to give the Uyo side their second win of the season in the sixth minute. It was also Pyagbara’s second goal of the season.
Alhassan Ibrahim doubled the lead in the 50th minute, before Chima Ndukwe reduced the tally 10 minutes later.
Ten-man Enyimba of Aba continued their poor away form by losing 0-1 to Niger Tornadoes at the Confluence Stadium, Lokoja, with Sadiq Suleiman’s 13th minute goal the decider for the Minna team.
Enyimba’s neighbours, Abia Warriors, were also on the losing side, as they were beaten 3-1 by Nasarawa United in Lafia, while El-Kanemi bashed Gombe United 3-0 with goals by Bello Kofarmata and Samuel Mathias (brace) the decider for the Ladan Bosso team.
Lobi Stars’ could not overcome Katsina United, who held them to a goalless draw in Makurdi, where goalkeeper John Lawrence missed a penalty that would have given the Benue side the three points.