At the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Stadium in Bauchi, the Stanley Eguma team resumed its fight for a berth in the Super Six with a valiant 1-1 draw against the 10-man Wikki Tourists.
Both teams competed in the rescheduled Nigeria Premier Football League matchday 15 match, with the hosts striving to claw their way out of the relegation zone but failed to do so after the final whistle.
Despite missing a penalty, the Wada Jibrin players held the visiting Rivers United hostage as both teams failed to score after the opening 45 minutes.
Before Wikki Tourists’ defensive midfielder, Victor Okoro played a key role in the home team’s attack by earning them the lead seven minutes after the interval.
But their joy was short-lived as the Port Harcourt outfit swiftly responded with an equalizer 15 minutes later through Albert Korvah, who scored his second league goal of the campaign.
73 minutes on the clock, the Wikki Tourists side were down to ten men after Sunday Haruna was handed a red card, but United were unable to take advantage, and the game ended in a stalemate.
The match is the 22nd competitive encounter between the two teams, with Wikki Tourist presently leading with 9 victories against Rivers United’s 7 victories.
There have already been six draws in meetings between the two sides.
The Giant Elephant are currently in second to last place in group B with 16 points from their 17 games this season.
With 27 points from 15 games, the Pride of Rivers are still in second place, but they are just three points behind the league’s top team and still have two games at hand.