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NPFL18: Heartland Swim Deeper In Relegation Waters

Heartland FC of Owerri have remained rooted at the bottom of the Nigeria Professional Football League following a 1-1 draw with Kano Pillars played at Dan Anyiam stadium on Sunday evening.

The Naze Millionaires as they are also known in Matchday 20 of the season came out blazing with the sole aim to revive their wobbling season with a goal in the 27th minute through Okechukwu Nwadike’s volley after Nnaemeka Anyanwu’s headed clearance fell to him.

Pillars, a four-time Nigerian champion sensed danger seeing the intensity the home side employed and gradually came into the game. In the 38th minute, Pillars’ Auwalu Ali missed a glaring sitter from 6 yards. The first half ended with no clear chances from both teams.

The second half started frantically with Heartland’s Ike ThankGod stopping the league’s leading goal scorer, Junior Lokosa from getting a goal by literally throwing himself to block his shot as the away side began to pile huge pressure on their host.

However, in the 61st minutes, Nyima Nwagua tore open the Heartland’s defence with mesmerising runs into the box before picking his spot to beat goalie Obi for Pillars’ equalizer.

Expectedly, in a bid to get a winning goal, Lokosa who happens to be on goal drought was taken off and replaced by Gambo while Heartland sent on Emariojake for Onwuebuchi.

With this result, Heartland are 20th of the league table after losing the 9th match of the season with 16 points and 20th on the league table while Pillars remain 2nd with 32 points.

Meanwhile, results from other matches show that Wikki Tourist held down Enugu Rangers in a 1-1 draw while Nasarawa United showed supremacy over Ek-Kanemi Warriors defeating them 2-0.

​MFM FC brought huge relief and smile to their fans after defeating Niger Tornadoes 3-0 while league leaders, Lobi Stars dimmed Sunshine stars with a 1-0 victory.

Kwara United humbled Yobe Desert Stars with a 2-1 victory as Katsina United outshone Plateau United with a 1-0 victory.

Ifeanyi Ubah brought down Go Round FC with a 2-1 victory while Rivers United shared the spoils of war with Abia Warriors in 0-0 draw.

Meanwhile, the game between Enyimba and Akwa United have been postponed due to the continental engagement of the People’s Elephant.

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