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New NPFL champions Rivers United lost 2-1 to Nasarawa United in the matchday 35 encounter of the NPFL in Lafia on Sunday.


Rivers United went behind in the 5th minute through Sunday Okereke’s superb strike, but Sikiru Olatubosun leveled for the visitors 10 minutes from time.


However, Tochukwu Michael netted the winning goal from the penalty spot on the stroke of 90 minutes to earn the Solid Miners the maximum three points.


Stanley Eguma’s guys have already clinched the league title on Saturday after second placed Plateau United lost to Akwa United 2-1 in Uyo.


Rivers United are 10 points ahead of their nearest challenger, Plateau United with three games to go this season.


In other venues, Katsina United and Kano Pillars boosted their survival hopes with important wins at home.


At Muhammadu Dikko Stadium on Sunday, Katsina United defeated Remo Stars 3-2. A brace from Tosin Omoyele put the Changi Boys infront in the first half, but Remo Stars came back stronger in the second half as Alimi Sikiru and Adeniyi Adegbite leveled the game.


However, the game produced another drama as Emmanuel Matthew scored the winning goal for Katsina United in the 34th minute of added time, as the game lasted for 126 minutes.


Rabiu Ali’s 51st minute penalty was all Kano Pillars needed to secure all three points against Rangers at the Sani Abacha Stadium.


In Akure, Sunshine Stars vs MFM witnessed a funny scene as one of the Ball boys was sent out of the stadium by the police for hiding balls in a tension soaked Southwest derby which ended 2-1 in favour of the home side.


The match commissioner collected the ball from the boy and ordered police to walk the boy out of the stadium.


At the Enyimba International Stadium in Aba, Enyimba and Heartland of Owerri settled for a goalless draw in the Oriental derby.


In Markudi, Chinoso Okonkwo’s 11th minute goal was enough for Lobi Stars to condemn Dakkada FC to a 1-0 defeat.


At the Lekan Salami Stadium on Sunday, Shooting Stars Sports Club of Ibadan suffered another setback in their quest to remain in the NPFL next season as they settled for a 2-2 draw against Abia Warriors.


3SC were leading 2-0 in the first 35 minutes, with goals from Lucky Emmanuel and Olatunji Damilare.


However, Odoh Valentine reduced the deficit for the Warriors before half-time. And Godwin Obaje eventually leveled for the visitors in the 70th minute.


Akwa United 2 – 1 Plateau United
Niger Tornadoes 4 – 0 Kwara United
Sunshine Stars 2- 1 MFM
Enyimba 0 -0 Heartland
Katsina United 3- 2 Remo Stars
Lobi Stars 1- 0 Dakkada FC
Gombe United 2- 1 Wikki Tourist
Shooting Stars 2 -2 Abia Warriors
Kano Pillars 1 -0 Enugu Rangers
Nasarawa United 2 -1 Rivers United


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