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By Duro IkhazuagbeIbrahim Ajani’s lone strike in the 40th minute was all Rangers International FC needed yesterday to defeat Enyimba FC 1-0 to win the Oriental Derby in Enugu on Match-Day 5 of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL)The Cathedral (as the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium is known to Rangers and their legion of supporters) erupted in wild celebration when Ajani smashed in Ifeanyi George’s cross. However, Flying Antelopes’ celebration was almost marred by the red card given to Bobby Clement for a second bookable offence in the 87th minute of the explosive encounter.Elsewhere in Port Harcourt, Rivers United continued their unbeaten start to the season with a 1-0 victory over MFM FC.Luckless MFM Captain, Austine Opara, diverted the ball into his own net after Wasiu Jimoh’s dangerous cross caused havoc in the penalty area.The first half failed to hit expected heights with clear-cut goal scoring opportunities few and far between.The hosts stepped on the accelerator in the second half and got due reward on the hour.Bendel Insurance’s return to topflight ended in another away goalless draw against Niger Tornadoes.Niger Tornadoes Coach, Bernard Ogbe, refused to come out for the second half of the game claiming his life was at risk.In Bauchi, Sunshine Stars recorded their first win of the season defeating Wikki Tourist 1-0. The defeat was Wikki Tourist’s second straight loss following their 1-0 defeat away to Katsina United in the midweek clash.Chibundu Amah fired in a rebound shot from close range after Wikki Tourist goalkeeper Pius Ibrahim parried Sunday Abe’s spot-kick onto his path.In Makurdi, Nigeria’s representative in the CAF Champions League, Lobi Stars recorded their first win of the NPFL season in style smashing Kwara United 3-0. Michael Stephen scored in the 10th minute before Yaya Kone struck in the 29th and 34th minute to put the game beyond reach for Kwara United.Also despite been banished to Oshogbo, in Osun State, Remo Stars earned their first win of the season spanking Katsina United 2-0. Two goals – one in each half from Victor Mbaoma and Kingsley Akemini were enough to see off Katsina United.In the NPFL Group B, FC Ifeanyi Ubah edged Kada Stars 1-0 to move up top in Group B. Chibuike Eze scored the only goal for the Anambra Warriors in the 62nd minute of the encounter in Kaduna. FC Ifeanyi Ubah now have 11 points from five games.Heartland FC who were leaders prior to the match-day five fixtures suffered their first loss of the NPFL season, losing 1-0 away to Yobe Desert Stars. It’s the Yobe Stars’ first win of the season. James Odeh’s goal in the 65th secured a hard-fought win for the coach Ngozi Elechi’s side.In Umuahia, Gombe United forced Abia Warriors to a goalless draw just as Plateau United and Kano Pillars shared the spoils playing out a goalless draw.MATCHDAY 5 Group AWikki 0-1 SunshineRivers Utd 1-0 MFMRangers 1-0 EnyimbaLobi 3-0 Kwara UtdRemo 2-0 Katsina UtdTornadoes 0-0 InsuranceGroup BYobe Stars 1-0 HeartlandPlateau Utd 0-0 Kano PillarsKada Stars 0-1 FCIUAbia Warriors 0-0 Gombe UtdShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
55 Comments Share (AP Photos) Poised to sign perhaps the biggest contract in NFL history, the landing spot for Cousins has been the talk of free agency.The Cardinals were named as one of four finalists to sign him despite their lack of financial flexibility.Regardless, the Cardinals have remained in the mix along with the New York Jets, Denver Broncos and Minnesota Vikings.Where Cousins decides to sign is still unknown, but that may not be the case for long. He and other free agents are allowed to sign with teams when the NFL enters its new year on March 14. Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson may have the information all fans are looking for regarding free agent quarterback Kirk Cousins. c’mon @KirkCousins8 stop messing with every1 & tell them you’re coming to the desert.— David Johnson (@DavidJohnson31) March 9, 2018Johnson’s bold prediction is the latest attempt by current Cardinals’ players to sway the quarterback to settle in the desert for the 2018 season. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo In early February while making media rounds ahead of Super Bowl LII, Johnson told NFL Network that he “wouldn’t mind” having Cousins or Eagles quarterback Nick Foles as the team’s new signal caller.Similarly, cornerback Patrick Peterson gave his pitch for Cousins on ESPN’s First Take.Related LinksKirk Cousins runs into Larry Fitzgerald at airport, calls him ‘GREAT recruiter’Cardinals fan Blake Shelton uses ‘The Voice’ promo to recruit Kirk CousinsCardinals’ David Johnson, Patrick Peterson publicly recruiting new QBs“Why not? I believe Kirk can definitely, can get us over the top,” Peterson said. “He’ll be in warm weather, he’ll be playing on one of the best turfs in the NFL. We have some great talent around him, running game, receivers, tight end — you name it, we have everything he needs to be successful.”Die-hard Arizona Cardinals fan and country music star Blake Shelton used his platform on NBC’s “The Voice” to lure Cousins.“I want to say to Kirk Cousins, if he’s watching out there, we want you in Arizona,” Shelton said. “We want you to be the quarterback for the Arizona Cardinals.”The most recent came from star wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, who ran into Cousins on March 2 in Atlanta. Cousins captured the meeting on camera, posting the photo to his Instagram with a caption calling Fitzgerald a “GREAT recruiter.” Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact