NPFL UPDATE: Plateau Utd Return To NPLF Summit
Goals from Joshua Obaje, Kabiru Umar and Jimmy Ambrose gave Plateau United a 3-0 win over Katsina United on Matchday 19 of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL).
The win at the Rwang Pam Stadium, Jos was enough to send the Jos club to the summit of the NPFL.
Plateau United went into the fixture in second place but knew a win at the Rwang Pam Stadium would take them top as long as MFM FC failed to win in Uyo against Akwa United.
MFM’s objective to win in Uyo ended in futility as Alhassan Ibrahim and Ubong Friday scored to put the Lagos-based side to the sword.
Akwa now seem to have put behind them their poor start to the season and now sit in fifth place with 29 points, just six adrift the leaders Plateau United.
Plateau United have now amassed 35 points from 18 matches while MFM, the leaders before Matchday 19’s round of fixtures, have claimed 33 points despite playing a game more than the side currently at the summit of the log.
El-Kanemi Warriors have been one of the biggest surprises of the season and they continued their sparkling home form on Wednesday with a 1-0 win Remo Stars in Maiduguri.
Matthias Samuel scored the game’s only goal which meant that the Warriors consolidated on third place on the log with 33 points, the same number as second-placed MFM FC.
In Makurdi, Anthony Okpotu scored a hat-trick as Lobi Stars overcame Sunshine Stars 3-1 at the Aper Aku Stadium.
Last season’s top scorer, Godwin Obaje grabbed a double as he converted two spot kicks for FC Ifeanyiubah who came from a goal down to tame Shooting Stars (3SC) 2-1 in Nnewi.
Ebenezer Odeyemi was Niger Tornadoes’ match-winner as he plundered his side’s solitary goal in the 1-0 success over Kano Pillars.
Abia Warriors continued to keep pace the with top hitters as Ndifreke Effiong scored twice to inspire his side to a 2-0 win over Wikki Tourists in Umuahia.
The country’s most successful club, Enyimba, won 1-0 against Remo Stars at the UJ Esuene Stadium, Calabar with Stephen Chukwude scoring the game’s deciding goal with a brilliant free kick on 41 minutes.