NPFL WEEK 24 REVIEW

The Nigeria Professional Football League Matchday 24 produced the 14th away win of the season as Kwara United plundered Heartland Fc in Owerri, and recorded 25 goals from 10 matches, eight home wins, one draw, and one away win.Two players bagged a brace each, Bishop Onyeudo of Enyimba Fc and Francis Eduwo of Shooting Stars. We review the highlights and if you like low lights as follows:

Heartland Fc 0-1 Kwara United

Smarting from a goalless home draw against Sharks Fc of Port Harcourt in their last game at the Ilorin Township stadium, Kwara United ambushed the Naze Millionaire’s at home by a lone goal in the 55th minute of the encounter as Sidi Lawal’s strike earned the Afonja Warriors their third away victory this season. Speaking to the  technical adviser of Kwara United,  Samson Unuanel after the match; he  admitted that the game was a tough one and expressed his delight with the performance of his lads.

Kwara United move up to fifth position on the log with 38 points from 24 games, while Heartland Fc drop from seventh position to 15th position.

Nasarawa United 1-1 Warri Wolves

Despite the fact that the man in black, that is the center referee, Sanni Abiodun gave two dubious spot kicks to the home side in the 45th minute and towards  the end of second half  of the game, 82nd minute precisely, Warri Wolves  were able to hold their own and gave a good account of themselves and muscled out a point from this game. Wolves hit the target in the 60th minute of play as Joseph Osadiaye’s effort put the visitors in front, but  shortly after his goal, Jackson Daniel restored parity to the Solid Miners side in the 65th minute,thereby rescuing them from a home defeat.

Wolves maintained their 4th spot on the log with 38 points from 24 games,  while the Miners dropped from 11th spot to 18th position with 30 points from 24 games as well.

Akwa United 1-0 Wikki Tourists

The basement boys, Wikki Tourists continued their poor run of form in the league as they suffered another loss at the hands  of Akwa United, although the home team had to wait till the 89th minute of the game before Son Hingir made the difference  with his  late strike to give the host the maximum points .Akwa United move six places up to 11th place on the league table with 33 points from 23 games,  and Wikki Tourists remain in the relegation places, holding tenaciously to the 19th spot with 29 points from 24 games.

ABS 2-1 Lobi Stars

Stone Evbuomwan gave Saraki Boys the lead  in the 45th minute with a stunning header, before substitute Ajibola Otegbeye made it    2-0 in the 47th minute. Barnabas Imenger got a consolation goal for Lobi in the 53rd minute. ABS goalkeeper Biodun Abdulahi was outstanding as he put up a brilliant performance by denying the visiting team numerous scoring chances. ABS FC  still maintained the 12th position on the log with 32 points from 24 games while Lobi Stars dropped down to 20th position from 19th spot with 29 points from 24 league games.

3SC 3-1 Kano Pillars

Shooting Stars  pummeled league champions Kano Pillars 3-1 on Sunday to get their league campaign back on track. Former Gateway forward Kingsley Eduwo gave the Oluyole warriors the lead in the 18th minute, before Nasiru Ali pulled one back for Pillars in the 28th minute. Tony Edjomarigwe restored 3SC lead with a 35th minute strike, before Kingsley Eduwo completed his brace to take the game beyond the league champions in the 73rd. Pillars drop to 2nd position on the log with 39 points from 23 games on goals difference while Shooting Stars hover above the relegation spot, holding the 16th spot with 30 points from 24 matches.

Enugu Rangers 2-1 Kaduna United

Jibo Iliya put the visitors Kaduna United ahead in the 23rd minute of the game as he hit the back of the net with a superb finish. Rangers however,  survived a real scare from Kaduna United as they came from behind to record a 2-1 win at the Nnamdi Azikwe Stadium in Enugu on Sunday, courtesy of goals from Meshack Chibuikem in the 35th minute and the match winner,  Chisom Egbuchulem who came on from the bench in the 51st minute. Rangers now have 36 points in sixth place, while Kaduna United remain on 32 points in 13th place.

Enyimba 2-0 Nembe City

Aba Warriors continued their impressive run in the league with a stunning 2-0 win over Baribote’s Boys on Sunday at the Enyimba International stadium in Aba. Bishop Onyeudo was on song for the host as he score the two goals of the day. Bishop has now scored 11 goals,  he got the first in the  ninth minute of the game and completed his brace five minutes to the end of the first half via a spot kick.
Six-time champions Enyimba now have 39 points to move to the top of the table, while Nembe City have 32 points from 24 games in 14th place.

Sunshine Stars 3-0 Dolphins

Akure Gunners were on rampage on Sunday at the Akure Township stadium as they put an end to Dolphins five game unbeaten run. Three unreplied goals from Alaba Adeniyi in the 33rd minute, Dele Olorundare in the 45th minute (taking his tally to 12 goals in the current campaign) and Tamen Madrano in the 90th minute was all that Sunshine Stars needed to edged pass Dolphins. The Akure Gunners are now 9th on the league table with 34 points, while Dolphins dropped to 7th spot with 36 points from 24 games.

Sharks 3-0 Gombe United.

The Blue Angels took a bold step away from the relegation zone by trouncing the Savannah Scorpions  3-0 as they comfortably defeated the visitors at the Sharks Stadium on Sunday. The first half may have ended goalless; it did not deter the resolve of Sharks as Ezeoha Okereke opened scoring in the  57th minute as he  volleyed in the goal that separated the two sides,  U-20 Star Christian Pyagbara doubled the lead for the homers in the 68th minute, before Ifeanyi Inyam scored the third goal of the day for the Blue Angels in the 85th minute. Sharks now have 30 points from 24 games leaping to the 17th position with Gombe on the other hand, occupying 10th position with 34 points from 24 games.

Bayelsa United 3-0 El-Kanemi Warriors

Ladan Bosso Boys were at it again this time putting El-Kanemi to the sword, putting an end to their four game unbeaten run. The three goals came in the first 45 minutes of the game; Azubuike Okechukwu  got the opener in the 9th minute, Peter Ebimobowei doubled the lead 9 minutes later, and Gindo Abdoulaye scored his first goal of the season in the 40th minute of the game. Bayelsa United are now third on the league with 39 points (locked in a three horse race with Enyimba and Kano Pillars separated by goals difference) while     El-Kanemi remain 8th on log with 35 points from 24 games.

 

Written by Wale Quadry

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Adeyemi Adesanya
Sports Business Consultant and Football Intermediary; Risk Management & Due Diligence Consultant; Freelance Football writer & Pundit on Radio & TV and Man.Utd Fan
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