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2023/2024 NPFL Match Day 24: Lobi Stars snatch point against Abia Warriors in Umuahia

Posted : 11 March 2024

Lobi Stars of Makurdi comfortably returned to the summit of the 2023/2024 Nigeria Premier Football League (NPFL) on Sunday after securing a hard-fought 1-1 draw against Abia Warriors in Umuahia.

Abia Warriors were unable to replicate the form that saw them earn a 1-0 win in faraway Kano against Sai Masu Gida at the Sani Abacha Stadium during their Match Day 23 fixtures.

Basking in the euphoria of the Match Day 23 2-0 win over Katsina United FC, Lobi Stars FC were more motivated as they battled to a 1-1 scoreline against Abia Warriors, who had just returned to their home turf as mandated by the NPFL management.

The tough match ended goalless in the first 45 minutes of play as both sides failed to break the deadlock.

However, Abia Warriors drew first blood in the 70th minute through a well-taken penalty by Omaka Fabian, who scored his first goal for the Warriors after his teammate, Ijeh Daniel, was brought down in the box.

With the game tilting towards a three-point win for Abia Warriors, a resilient Lobi Stars pulled a string in the dying minutes of the five minutes added extra time in the 94th minute to restore parity.

It was Lobi Stars FC's new signee, John Victor, who reinvented his form as a dead-ball specialist and turned in a fantastic free kick past Abia Warriors' goalkeeper, Johnson Nmecha, thus setting the scoreline at 1-1.

Abia Warriors are now first on the NPFL table with 43 points from 24 matches.


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