NPFL Week 32 Review

Matchday 32 of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) midweek games registered eight home wins and two draws. Shooting Stars Sports Club (3SC) and Lobi Stars picked an away point each in their respective matches, 20 goals were conceded, Ugonna Uzochukwu was the only player who got a brace, and Sharks FC ambushed Bukola Saraki Boys four (4) goals to nil, thus bagging the biggest win of the match-day. Enyimba International returned to the top of the summit with an appreciable goal difference after beating Wikki Tourists 2-0 in Aba.

Nembe City 1 – Kano Pillars 0

West Sobomabo got the match winner for City in the 41st minute to hand his team the full points, though he later got injured. Pillars proved their worth as the league champions: they were dominant towards the end of the game but failed to utilize their chances. Pillars now have 51 points and are placed fourth on the league table.

Heartland 1 – 3SC 1

The Oluyole Warriors put up a brilliant performance at the Dan Anyiam Stadium on Wednesday against the Naze Millionaires. Gabriel Adikwu opened scoring for 3SC in the 39th minute of play, while Ikechukwu Ibenegbu drew level for the hosts in the 57th minute via a spot kick. This is the second time the Ibadan-team is sharing points on the road.

Warri Wolves 0 – Lobi Stars 0

Prior to this game, Evans Ogenyi, the Lobi Stars coach, stated that his team was going to defeat the 2013 Federation Cup runner-up in Warri to up their points against the drop zone. Alas, his side could not get the job done. Rather, they got a decent result, as they forced the home team to a barren draw.

Nasarawa Utd 2 – Bayelsa Utd 1

The Solid Miners continue to fight the relegation battle as they pipped difficult side, Bayelsa United on Wednesday 2-1. Musa Adamu put the host team ahead within 10 minutes of play, before Uche Ihuarulam drew level for the visitors on the 17th minute. Malachy Ilo rescued the Miners as he scored the winner in the second 45 minutes.

Sharks 4 – ABS FC 0

The Kabir Dogo Boys were punished by The Blue Angels as they suffered their biggest defeat of the season on Wednesday when Sharks pummeled them 4-0 in Port Harcourt. Christian Pyagbara opened the flood-gate of goals in the 40th minute of play with a thunderous strike from outside the box to put his side ahead in the first half. Tayo Fabiyi and Fortune Omoniwari got a goal each within the space of three minutes, Tayo scoring the second in the 52nd while Fortune got the third in the 55th. Thompson Stowe wrapped up the four goals thriller match with his strike towards the end on the game.

Kwara Utd 2 – Gombe Utd 0

The Afonja Warriors ensured that The Savannah Scorpions did not sting them, as they stopped the visiting team 2-0, courtesy of goals from Uche John in the 53rd minute and Evans Iyoro, who sealed the victory for Kwara United in the 81st minute. Kwara United move to the 7th spot on the table, with 47 points from 32 games.

Kaduna Utd 1 – Dolphins 0

Ali Adamu’s 70th minute strike was good enough for the Crocodiles to take all points under a rainy condition at the Kaduna Township Stadium. The Stanley Eguma-tutored side held the host to a ransom, but they lost it in the last 20 minutes.

Enugu Rangers 3 – Akwa Utd 1

Ugonna Uzochukwu put the Flying Antelopes in front at the Nnamdi Azikwe Stadium in Enugu, with his brace of goals which he slotted in the range of 10 minutes – he got the first on 17th minute and the second in the 27th minute of play. Christian Obiozor registered his name on the score sheet, while Akwa United youngster Mfon Udoh got a consolation goal to reduce the goal margin.

Enyimba 2 – Wikki Tourists 0

Ifeanyi Ede’s and Josiah Maduabuchi’s efforts were all that the 2013 Federation Cup champions needed to amass the maximum points as they throttled The Tourists in Aba at the Enyimba Stadium on Wednesday, heading to the top of the league standings, with 52 points from 31 matches.

Sunshine 1 – El-Kanemi 0

It took a well-converted penalty kick by Christian Josiah Omeruo in the 36th minute for The Akure Gunners to edge the Borno-Warriors and earn the maximum points in Ondo at the Akure Township Stadium. It was a sneaky victory for Sunshine Stars.

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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