The Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL) resumed from the midseason break and it was Akwa United who moved to the top of the table, while the Rangers claimed the right to brag after beating Enyimba in the derby. Oriental.
Another topic of conversation from MatchDay 20 was Katsina United’s blow against Wikki Tourists to get out of the relegation zone.
Akwa United rose to the top of the NPFL record after beating Sunshine Stars 2-1 at Godswill Akpabio Stadium Uyo. The Promise Keepers took an early lead through Atshimene Charles in the 20th minute, but the lead didn’t last long as Sadiq Yusuf tied for the Sunshine Stars in what is his eighth goal of the season. However, Akwa United sealed the three points when Seth Mayi scored the winning goal in the 68th minute.
At Ozoro, Kano Pillars moved to second place on the record, tied on points with new leader Akwa United after winning a draw against relegation-threatened Warri Wolves.
Despite being reduced to 10 men after Cameroonian Ngweni Kadiang was sent off for a second cautioned offense, it was Pillars who took the lead through Auwalu Ali in the 58th minute. Warri Wolves, however, salvaged a point after Mark Daniels scored a penalty in the 86th minute.
Former leader Kwara United fell to third place in the table after a 2-1 loss to Nasarawa United at Lafia City Stadium. Anas Yusuf and Silas Nwankwo scored the goals for Nasarawa while Wasiu Alalade scored the consolation goal for Kwara United.
In Port Harcourt, Rivers United maintained their title push after a routine 2-0 win over Dakkada FC at Adokiye Amaesiamaka Stadium. Two first-half goals on Sunday Adetunji and Ghanaian Paul Acquah secured the points for Rivers United, who are now fourth in the table, two points off the top.
In Enugu, the weekend’s standout match between Rangers and Enyimba lived up to their expectations after a hotly contested encounter in which the Flying Antelopes were 2-0 winners. Two second-half goals from Christian Nnaji in the 55th minute and Godpower Aniefiok (penalty) in the third minute of injury time ensured the Rangers won the Eastern derby.
In Jos, Ibrahim Mustapha was the hero of the day when Plateau United defeated Abia Warriors 2-1 in heavy rain at New Jos Stadium. Mustapha scored a goal each half, while Fatai Abdulahhi scored a goal for the Warriors.
In Gombe, Owerri’s Heartland FC recorded the weekend’s only away win after a 1-0 win over Adamawa United. A late goal in the 80th minute from Maduforo Kingsley ensured the Naze Millionaires won all three points, bringing them to eighth on the record.
Katsina United beat Wikki Tourists 5-1 to break out of the relegation zone. A double by Joseph Atule and Rasheed Ahmed with a debut goal for new signing Samuel Nnoshiri ensured a resounding victory for Katsina United over their northern rivals Wikki. Michael Stephen got the comfort of the Tourists.
FC Ifeanyi Ubah 0-3 MFM FC
Rangers 2-0 Enyimba
Akwa Utd 2-1 Sun Stars
Rivers Utd 2-0 Dakkada
Nasarawa Utd 2-1 Kwara Utd
Katsina Utd 5-1 Wikki
Warri Wolves 1-1 Kano Pillars
Plateau Utd 2-1 Abia Warriors
Adamawa Utd 0-1 Heartland
Jigawa 2-1 Lobi Stars