Review of Matchday 23 of NPFL games

rmqeecv_3The Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) is becoming more interesting bit by bit as the League is gradually nearing the business end of the season. However, most importantly; our prayers are with the entire Kano Pillars family, on the car crash suffered by its player and officials; we pray for speedy recovery for all involved. The Week 23 games played over the weekend recorded the least number of goals in the elite league this season with eleven goals from nine games, eight wins and draws. Three teams over the weekend had the priviledge of nicking two goals each, while five teams got one each, Babagida Ibrahim got the brace of the week for Deserts Scorpions (Gombe United), with Sharks of Port Harcourt grinding out an away draw whilst Enyimba’s unbeaten run finally came to an end after 9games.


The Blue Angels slugged out a hard earned point against Kwara United in Ilorin, as the host failed to break the deadlock after 90 minutes of play, despite the fact that Sharks have been strggling to move out of relegation waters. Kwara United had defeated Sharks Fc in the reverse fixture by 1-0. Sharks now have 27 points from 23 games, and they maintained the 19th spot on the log.


Arguably, the two teams are two of the in form teams in the NPFL since resumption of the second phase if the league. Enyimba were on an eight match unbeaten run; whilst host El Kanemi are also undefeated since the league resumed. Unfortunately, Enyimba had to be the ones to lose their record. Both teams played their hearts out, Enyimba gave their best but El kanemi front line were on duty to ensure the host took the maximum points available. Enyimba are now placed 4th on the log while Elkanemi  occupy the 7th position on the table.

GOMBE UNITED 2-0 SUNSHINE STARS Babagida Ibrahim made the difference in this game as he netted two unreplied goals in the 52nd minute and confirmed the victory for Gombe United in the 90th minute. Akure Gunners have had a bad run of form lately, winning only a game out of their last five games while the Savannah Scorpions have managed three wins from five games. Gombe United moved from 11th position on the league table to 8th position while Sunshine Stars dropped to 13th position from 10th spot.


Two goals from,Omo Johnson in the 41st minute and Emeka Atuloma in the 80th minute was all that Dolphins FC needed to take all three point in Port Harcourt. Dolphins are now third on the Standings with 36 points from 23 games while Bukola Saraki Boys hold the 14th spot with 29 points from 23 games.


Oghenekaro Etebo remains one of the more consistent goal poachers in the league as he helped his team earn maximum point in keenly contested match, after he netted in the 23rd minute of the game via a spot kick at the Warri City Stadium. Both teams have now played 22 games each, but Warri Wolves maintain the 2nd position with 37 points, while the Flying Antelopes’ moved downward to 9th position from 6th.


Jonathan Zikiye’s volley in the 44th minute of the game gave Baribote Boys the much needed point on Sunday at the Samson Siasia Stadium in Yenegoa. The two teams gave a very good account of themselves but the host showed their superiority over the visitors. City now has 32 points from 23 games and they keep the 11th spot on the Standings while Nasarawa United are placed on 16th position with 29 points from 23 games.


It was a battle of stars really but Dominic Iorfa Boys carried the day when Ex-Kwara United player, Nenen Imenger came on as a super-sub in the second half of the encounter, to rescue his team in the 74th minute. Lobi Stars are now on 15th position with 29 goals from 23 games, while Oluyole Warriors dropped down to 17th position with 27 points from 23 games as well.


The Crocodiles took care of business, by defeating the Naze Millionaires at the Kaduna Township Stadium on Sunday, when Ndubuisi Ekwuribe scored his first goal of the season in the 23rd minute of the game. Kaduna United defenders stood tall to withstand the Owerri based team as they kept the scoreline intact. The host moved up to 10th spot from 14 with 32 points from 23 league games while Heartland moved down from 7th spot to 12 with 31 points from 23 games.


Ahmed Usman late strike in the 84th minute of the game was enough to give Tourists the much needed points, although their position on the table remains unchanged. Wikki Tourists are still wallowing at the buttom of the table with 26 points from 22 games, while Bayelsa United dropped down to 5th place from 2nd position with 36 points from 23 games.


The League Management Committee(LMC) shifted the game due to the automobile crash that Pillars technical crew were involved in when they were returning to their base after been ousted out of this year’s Federation Cup by Warri Wolves.

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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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