Pillars cancel out high-riding Abia Warriors

Monday 7 April 2014

/ by Colin Udoh

Defending champions Kano Pillars survived at giant killers Abia Warriors in Umuahia as the game ended goalless on Sunday.

Kano Pillars now have five points from four matches, while Abia Warriors have six points from four games.

Abia Warriors still basking in the euphoria of their 1-0 win at Enyimba could not break the Kano pillars wall of the defence marshaled by Kingsley Udoh and Umar Zango, with Theophilus Afelokhai making some big saves.

Pillars striker Kabiru Umar told that it was a tough match and he was happy for the point away from home.

"It was a tough match, we battled against all odds to get the one point. I am happy we didn't lose. We will build on that," Umar promised.

In Ibadan, Crown FC defeated Gombe United in another Week 5 game 1-0.

Francis Nnedum scored the lone goal in the 36th minute with a free header off Bode Daniel's inviting cross.

The game was interesting. The goal scorer was adjudged to have handled the ball in the 18-yard box and the resulting penalty taken by Suleiman Usman was blazed over the goal post.

Onyekachi Okafor and Frank Ikechukwujewu were denied goals by the brilliant Super Eagles goalkeeper Chigozie Agbim of Gombe United.

According to Crown media officer Oyekunle Oyeleye, the centre referee  Bethel Nnwaneri from Imo state almost put the game in disrepute with his funny and frivolous  calls but all thanks to the maturity of the home fans even in the presence of the League Management Company Official.

Crown now have nine points from five games.

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