Lobi Stars beat visiting Katsina United by the odd goal today to stay in the chase of leaders Plateau United, who also defeated Warri Wolves 1-0 in Jos.
Plateau United thus maintained top spot with 21 points from 10 matches, while Lobi Stars climbed to second place on 18 points with a game in hand courtesy of a late winner by Samad Kadiri.
Dakkada FC slipped to third position after they fell 1-0 to local rivals Akwa United in Uyo.
The surprise package of the season have 16 points.
At the other end of the standings, bottom team Nasarawa United pipped Heartland 1-0 in Lafia, but that home win was not enough to get them off the foot of the table as they now have five points nine matches.
Enugu Rangers remained second from bottom after they lost 1-0 to fellow strugglers Kwara United and had Obinna Eleje also sent off.
Match winner for ‘The Afonja Warriors’ was Christopher Nwanze after just 50 seconds.
Jigawa United 1-1 home draw with Enyimba Saturday meant they have moved out of the relegation zone, while Adamawa United plunged into the drop zone after a 2-0 loss at MFM FC.
Jigawa Golden Stars 1 Enyimba 1
Kano Pillars 1 Ifeanyiubah 0
Plateau United 1 Warri Wolves 0
Rivers United 2 Sunshine Stars 1
Wikki Tourists 1 Abia Warriors 1
Lobi Stars 1 Katsina United 0
Nasarawa United 1 Heartland 0
Kwara United 1 Enugu Rangers 0
Dakkada 0 Akwa United 1
MFM FC 2 Adamawa United 0