NPFL leaders Plateau United fell 2-0 at ABS FC on a weekend that all 10 home teams won with second-placed MFM FC reducing the gap at the top to three points.
MFM FC beat strugglers Gombe United courtesy of defender Monsur Bashir’s first-half strike.
They now have 59 points from 35 matches, three points behind table toppers Plateau United.
Akwa United stayed in third place with 54 points after they lost 1-0 at FC Ifeanyiubah, while Enyimba failed to get a result at troubled Rivers United.
The Port Harcourt club won 2-1 and have now shot to 11th place in the standings with 48 points.
Remo Stars, Gombe United, ABS FC and Shooting Stars are the teams in the drop zone, but with three rounds of matches to the end of the season, there is no margin for error at the bottom as seven other clubs are just within three points from the relegation pack.
Top individual performance was striker Anthony Okpotu, who fired a hat-trick in a thrilling 3-2 home win over visiting El Kanemi.
It is his third hat-trick of the season.
He now has 17 goals, just one goal short of leading scorer Stephen Odey of MFM FC.
#NPFL table after MATCHDAY 3⃣5⃣
— League Management NG (@LMCNPFL) August 20, 2017
ALL THE RESULTS
Rangers 2-1 Katsina United
Wikki Tourists 1-0 Remo Stars
Rivers United 2-1 Enyimba
ABS FC 2-0 Plateau United
MFM FC 1-0 Gombe United
Kano Pillars 2-0 Abia Warriors
Shooting Stars 2-0 Nassarawa United
FC Ifeanyiubah 1-0 Akwa United
Lobi Stars 3-2 El Kanemi Warriors
Sunshine Stars 2-1 Niger Tornadoes
Rivers Utd – Bernard Ovoke 4′ | Abdoulaye Kanoute 29′
ABS FC – Samuel Oyedeji 5′ (pen) | Wasiu Alalade 65′
Wikki Tourists – Chinedu Onyelenu 10′ (Pen) |
Lobi Stars – Tony Okpotu 11′ 20′ 46′
Kano Pillars – Nyima Nwagua 25′ | Rabiu Ali 27′
MFM FC – Monsuru Bashir 21′
Enyimba Int’l – Koffi atchou 34′
Rangers Int’l – Chibuzor Madu 38′ 55′
Sunshine stars – Kehinde Adedipe 41′ | Ajibola Otegbeye 73′
Katsina utd – Timothy Danladi 45′ (pen)
El Kanemi Warriors – Abraham Audu 45+2′ | Ibrahim Babangida 86′
FCIU – King Osanga 47′
3SC – Sunday Falaye 60′ | Abayomi Adebayo 65′
Niger Tornadoes – Wilfred Ammeh 75′ (pen)
Akwa Utd – Chigozie Chilekwu 41′
El Kanemi Warriors – Chibuzor Okonkwo 47′