27 February 2017
It was a busy weekend full of intrigues and actions as the 2016/2017 Nigerian Professional Football League entered match-day ten. On Sunday, seven games were held in which all the home teams secured wins.
In Nnewi, FC Ifeanyi Ubah bounced back from recent strings of poor results to defeat surprise Leaders, Plateau United 1 – 0. Prince Aggreh scored the decisive goal for the big spenders from the spot on the half hour mark.
It was Plateau United’s second defeat of the season but the Peace Boys maintained their top spot on the log despite the loss.
Old war horse, David Tyavkasse netted a late minute winner in Makurdi as Lobi Stars defeated Enyimba 2 – 1.
Enyimba took the lead early in the 18th minute from the spot before Lobi equalized also from the spot on the 54th minute through Anthony Okpotu.
When it looked like another home draw for the Panthers, veteran midfielder and former Enyimba star, David Tyavkasse who came on as a substitute netted the winner in the 92nd minute.
It was Lobi’s first time of conceding a goal at home this season while Enyimba’s poor form away continues with two points on the road in the current campaign.
El-Kanemi Warriors of Maiduguri secured a comfortable 2 – 0 win against Nassarawa United in Maiduguri courtesy of goals from Bello Kofarmata and Samuel Mathias.
It was the Borno Armies’ 18th consecutive win in Maiduguri and Samuel Mathias’s goal was his fifth in the current campaign. The win took Ladan Bosso’s men to the second place on the log while Nasarawa slipped to 15th with 10 points.
Katsina United and Coach Bauldwin Bazuaye’s unbeaten run of five games came to an end in Kano as the Changi boys were pipped 1 – 0 by Kano Pillars.
The solitary goal came from former Enyimba captain, Chinedu Udoji, who scored off an assist from Super Eagles Team B star, Rabiu Alli. Sunday’s goal was the first for Udoji who joined Pillars just before the beginning of the 2016/17 season.
At the Confluence Stadium in Lokoja, a third minute free-kick by Ifeanyi Okoye secured the maximum three points for Niger Tornadoes as they defeated Gombe United by 1 – 0. Ikon Allah’s boys moved to fifth place with 15 points while Gombe slipped to 13th with 11 points.
Sunshine stars of Akure put behind their recent worries to defeat Rivers United 1 – 0. The solitary goal was scored by Ayo Saka in the 38th minute.
It ended a topsy-turvy week for the players of Sunshine Stars who held long week protests over their unpaid salaries, match bonuses and allowances. The Owena Waves climbed out of the relegation zone and moved to 11th with the win.
Striker Mohammed Mohammed scored his 4th goal in the current campaign as ABS FC edged out Wikki Tourists in Ilorin by 1 – 0. Mohammed’s goal came on the 16th minute.
Earlier on Saturday, Shooting Stars of Ibadan were held to a 1 – 1 draw by Remo Stars in a south west derby clash while Akwa United defeated Abia Warriors 3 – 1 at the Nest of Champions, Uyo.
3sc took the lead in the 36th minutes through Sunday Faleye while Victor Mbaoma equalized for the visitors on the 53rd minute. The draw in Ibadan was Remo Stars first point on the road this season even as the sky-blue stars continue to swim in relegation water.
In Uyo, a brace from Al-Hassan Ibrahim and a goal from Moses Ebiye ensured that the Promise Keepers got the maximum three points against a struggling Abia Warriors side. Sunday Adetunji scored the Warriors’ consolation goal in the 3 – 1 win.
On Friday, MFM FC defeated Champions, Rangers International 2 – 1 at the Soccer Temple, Agege Staium, Lagos.
Skillful winger, Sikiru Olatubosun put MFM ahead in the 30th minute before Stephen Odey doubled the lead later in the second half. Bobby Clement pulled one back for the Flying Antelopes.
MFM FC’s Stephen Odey leads the scorers chart with six goals while the duo of El-Kanemi’s Samuel Mathias and Remo Stars’ Victor Mbaoma are joint second with five goals each.
Key Stats Match-Day 10:
0 away win
Nigeria Professional Football League – Match-Day 10 Results
MFM FC 2 – 1 Enugu Rangers
Shooting Stars 1 – 1 Remo Stars
Akwa United 3 – 1 Abia Warriors
ABS FC 1 – 0 Wikki Tourists
Elkanemi Warriors 2 – 0 Nasarawa United
FC Ifeanyi Ubah 1 – 0 Plateau United
Lobi Stars 2 – 1 Enyimba FC
Niger Tornadoes 1 – 0 Gombe United
Kano Pillars 1 – 0 Kastina United
Sunshine Stars 1 – 0 Rivers United
- Plateau United 20
- El-Kanemi 18
- ABS 17
- MFM 16
- Tornadoes 14
- Rangers 9
- Shooting 9
- Remo Stars 8
Author: Timilehin Boyinde
Oluwatimilehin Boyinde is a research writer and a social media strategist. A public affairs analyst, he writes about history, politics, sports, life matters and technology. He is passionate about happenings in Local and international political arenas. He is an avid Manchester United fan and an unapologetic Nigerian.