NPFL Week 20 Round Up: Enyimba Back On Top

NPFL Week 20 Round Up: Enyimba back on top

The Peoples’ Elephants returned to the summit of the Nigeria topflight despite their inability to defeat visiting Flying Antelopes in Aba


The Borno Army gained a measure of revenge over the Oluyole Warriors after they beat them at the Karkanda Stadium, Katsina 1-0 on Sunday evening.

Abraham Audu solitary strike in the 65th minute was enough to hand El Kanemi Warriors the maximum points in a cagey NPFL Week 20 affair.

The Maiduguri side are 11th on the log with 27 points from 20 matches, while 3SC fell to 12th on the log with 26 points from 20 games.


Both teams shared the spoils at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Stadium, Bauchi in the second leg of the tie whose first leg was played at Rojenny Stadium, Oba two weeks ago.

Abdu Maikaba led side 4-0 and Wikki had hoped to pay the Naze Millionaires back in their own coin before their fans but they couldn’t.

Heartland’s young goalkeeper, Emmanuel Iwu was outstanding in goal with his sharp reflexes that kept Wikki strikers at bay throughout the duration of the match.

Despite the draw, Wikki moved up a step to third on the league table with 34 points from 20 games while Heartland fell a step below to sixth with 33 points from 20 matches.


Ifeanyi Egwin’s hat-trick for the Pride of Rivers was the highlight of the league tie played at the new home ground of Dolphins – Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium, Port Harcourt on Saturday afternoon.

Esosa Igbinoba had given new Solid Miners’ interim head coach, Kabiru Suleiman Dogo a reason to be glad with the curtain raiser from the penalty spot in the 25th minute.

Despite playing with a man less, Dolphins came back into the match and Egwin was the centre of attraction with three well taken goals in the 34th, 35th and 59th minutes to return the Lafia side to their base empty handed.

Dolphins are 18th on the log with 20 points from 20 matches while Nasarawa United are 13th on the table with 26 points from same number of matches.


Charles Henlong’s 48th minute goal was what separated the Jos Elephant from the Harmony Warriors as the Jos side managed a slim win over Kwara United that beat them 3-1 in the first leg in Ilorin two weeks

The victory threw them back in the mix for the league title as they moved to fourth on the log with 34 points from 20 games while Kwara United on their part must fight off a place on the relegation zone.

They are 15th on the log with 23 points from 20 games.


The Anambra Warriors are losing more ground on the league table after another disappointing home performance at the Gabros International Stadium, Nnewi on Sunday where they were held to a 1-1 draw by Abia Warriors.

It was FC Ifeanyi Ubah’s first game in Nnewi since the League Management Company(LMC) suspended the use of the stadium for Premier League matches six games ago but they couldn’t make a winning return.

Abia Warriors got the opener of the game in the 18th minute through Chris Omoseibi but the home team rally back to get the equaliser from the penalty spot in the 55th minute through Afeez Yusuf.

The Nnewi side are ninth on the log with 28 points from 20 matches while Abia Warriors are eighth with 30 points from 20 matches.


The Blue Angels continued with their revolution which began towards the end of the first stanza with another lovely victory over the Seasiders at the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium in Port Harcourt on

The fortunes of the club have gone from bad to good since the reins of leadership was handed over to interim boss, Festus Allen. Gbenga Ogunbote resigned to join 3SC of Ibadan while Dakoru Daboere who took over from him was sacked because of poor results.

Sharks scored first through Fred Obomate in the 26th minute and added another goal in the 40th minute through Chiamaka Madu before Warri Wolves’ Kufre Ebong reduced the deficit for the away side five minutes from final whistle.

Blue Angels pulled out of the relegation zone for the first time this season as they are 16th on the log with 21 points from 20 games. They are only away from the drop zone on goals difference while the
Seasiders lost their status in the top four as they dropped to fifth with 33 points from 20 matches.


Head coach of the Jalingo side, Ndubuisi Nduka returned to the job he vacated last season on a winning note after his boys did him proud this term against same team he got his sack letter last season after a home draw.

Stephen Ada’s 44th minute strike brought smiles back to the faces of troubled FC Taraba as they secured their first win in 18 matches against Sunshine Stars in Jalingo on Sunday evening. It was their third win of the campaign and second home win of the season.

The loss in Jalingo temporarily halted the Akure Gunners’ ambition to win the league as they surrendered their leadership of the table to Enyimba.

They are second on the table with 36 points from 20 matches while FC Taraba are still last on the log with 16 points from 20 games.


The Peoples Elephant expected a routine home win to make it double over their Oriental Brothers and also to open a three point lead at the top but they were unable to achieve that because of the Flying
Antelopes had other plans.

They were in top form before Enyimba shocked them 2-1 in Enugu two weeks and they knew that getting a result in Aba would be the ideal statement that the loss at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium was only a one-off.

The Flying Antelopes sauntered into the lead through Onoriode Odah before Enyimba rallied back and got the leveller through new signing, Musa Najere.

Enyimba returned to the top of the league table albeit with only a solitary point over Sunshine Stars. They have 37 points from 20 games. Rangers are 10th on the log with 28 points from 20 matches.


The Restoration Boys couldn’t break the resistance of the Promise Keepers who ran away back to Uyo with a point from the Oghara Township Stadium on Sunday.

Akwa United pinned Bayelsa United 1-0 when the initial leg was played in Uyo but they didn’t allow their foes to return same result in Oghara as they battled harder to gain a point from the encounter.

Bayelsa United are still haunted by relegation worries because of their inconsistency both home and away this season. They are placed 19th on the log with 19 points from 20 games while Akwa United are 14th on the table with 25 points from 20 games.


Sai Masu Gida players marked head coach, Mohammed Babaganaru’s return to the club a winning debut after they managed a 2-1 over Lobi Stars at the Sani Abacha Stadium on Sunday.

Pillars had the first half from where they rose to a 2-0 lead before Anthony Okpotu reduced the goals deficit when he netted Lobi’s consolation goal in the second half.

The Kano side are seventh on the log with 30 points from 20 matches while Lobi are 17th on the table with 21 points from 20 matches.

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