Enyimba’s chase for an unprecedented seventh league crown was Sunday slowed down following the 2-1 defeat suffered by the Peoples’ Elephant in their Oriental Derby clash against Heartland in Owerri on Sunday.
Enyimba’s lead at the summit of the Nigeria Premier League table has thus been reduced to three points as things did not go as planned for Coach Kadiri Ikhana’s side.
After initially seeing the efforts of Bright Ejike controversially ruled as offside, Fortune Omoniwari gave Heartland the lead in the 40th minute from a well-struck free kick.
However, Enyimba, who were reduced to 10 men after Ifeanyi Anaemena was sent off for a second booking in the 38th minute, drew level in first half stoppage time through Markson Ojobo from the penalty spot following a hand ball.
Emeka Ogbugh ensured all three points for the Naze Millionaires as he scored the match winner for the home team in the 62nd minute to push them to seventh place on the league table.
With the defeat, Enyimba still top the log with 58 points and they now have Warri Wolves with 55 points breathing down their neck.
In other centres on Sunday , there were stalemates in Port Hacourt, Ibadan and Jos as the trio of Dolphins FC, Shooting Stars and Giwa FC failed to make their home advantage count.
The three centres also did not produce any goals as it all ended 0-0.
In Ilorin however, Kwara United gave their survival hopes some boost with the 2-1 win over Akwa United while Wikki Tourist kept pace with happenings at the top part of the table with their lone goal win over FC Taraba.
Full Week 32 results and goal scorers
Dolphins Fc 0-0 FC Ifeanyiubah
El-Kanemi Warriors 2-0 Sharks Fc
Benjamin Turba 10′
Efe Yarhere 31`
Wikki Tourists 1-0 FC Taraba
Victor Yakubu 27′
Heartland Fc 2-1 Enyimba
Fortune Omoniwari 40′
Markson Ojobo 45±3′
Emeka Ogbugh 60′
Shooting Stars 0-0 Bayelsa United
Nasarawa United 1-0 Lobi Stars
Esosa Igbinoba 90+3
Kwara United 2-1 Akwa United
Sheriff Jimoh 38′
Dare Ojo 56′
Aniekpeno Udoh 59′
Giwa FC 0-0 Kano Pillars
Abia Warriors 3-3 Enugu Rangers
Bobby Clements 18`
Chisom Chikatara 27′(p) 68` 82′
Onoriode Odah 56′
Warri Wolves 3-0 Sunshine Stars
Gbolohan Salami 42′ 52′ 90′