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Twinkling, shinning Remo Stars continue impressive run

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Returnee to the Nigerian elite league division, Remo Stars continued their dream run as they overran Heartland of Owerri in their matchday 2 encounter at their lush green arena in Ikenne on Sunday.

They beat one of the powerhouses of Nigerian club football, 3-0 in a match the visitors were already two goals down within the opening five minutes.

Great thanks to the precision moves of lanky Andy Okpei who was a turn in the flesh of Heartland. He scored just under four minutes of the match.

The ovation that greeted the goal had hardly died when under a minute he had found the net again. By the 10th minute, he could have had a hat-trick but his flip narrowly missed.

As the match was getting to the closing minutes, Samuel Anakwe scored the third goal that now see the Remo Stars having six points, five goals and not conceding any.

Elsewhere in Ibadan, the Shooting Stars did not shine bright enough as they had to rally from a goal down to hold Akwa United 1-1.

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Akwa United shot into the lead in the 29th minute through Utibe Achibong and the Uyo boys held on tenaciously to the lead until Ayo Adejubu leveled up to salvage a point for the ‘Oluyole Warriors’ who appear to be draw specialists this season.

They drew their opening match last weekend with Gombe United who also drew their match day 2 match, 1-1 away to Nasarawa United.

In Port Harcourt, the ‘Pride of Rivers’, Rivers United were truly at home as they overflow Katsina United 3-0.

In an Oriental clash, Enyimba scored a memorable win to give Finidi George, their coach an impressive run so far. The lone goal of the match was scored by Victor Mbaoma in the 88th minute of the match.

Abdullateef Abiola’s goal settled the scores as Wikki Tourists beat visiting Niger Tornadoes 1-0. After losing to Enyimba on matchday one, Abia Warriors redeemed themselves with a 1-0 victory over Sunshine Stars.

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For MFM who lost at home 2-0 to Remo Stars on matchday 1, they recorded another 2-0 loss this Sunday at Dakkada following goals from Aniekan Ekpe Okon and Musa Bashiru.

Plateau United had a fifth minute goal by Muhammad Zulkiilu to beat Kwara United 1-0. Kano Pillars were forced to a goalless draw in their home match with Lobi Stars

All the results

  • Rivers United 3-0 Katsina
  • Nasarawa 1-1 Gombe
  • Remo Stars 3-0 Heartland
  • Rangers 0-1 Enyimba
  • Wikki Tourists 1-0 Niger Tornadoes
  • Abia Warriors 1-0 Sunshine Stars
  • Shooting Stars 1-1 Akwa United
  • Dakkada 2-0 MFM
  • Plateau United 1-0 KwaraKano Pillars 0-0 Lobi Stars

Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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