The Solid Miners were the biggest winners of the last weekend matches after their surprise victory over Kano Pillars while Bayelsa United also crumbled against the Blue Angels
Enyimba 1-0 FC Taraba
The People’s Elephant had a torrid day in the hands of relegation-haunted Taraba FC.
Enyimba did everything possible to muster a 1-0 win after Musa Najere struck off a nice pass from Peter Onyekachi in the 76th minute.
FC Taraba had their goalkeeper, Ikechukwu Obilo to thank for keeping the scores at just a goal. He was announced as the Man of the Match after his several reflex saves including stopping a 55th minute penalty kick awarded to the hosts played by Markson Ojobo.
Enyimba returned to the top with 48 points from 25 matches while FC Taraba are still last on the log with 20 points from 25 games also.
Bayelsa United 0-1 Sharks
The Blue Angels gave their relegation survival a big boost with the away win at the home ground of the Restoration Boys on Sunday after Christian Pyagbara netted in the 73rd minute of the encounter at the Oghara Township Stadium.
It was a sweet revenge on Bayelsa United who had secured a point in Port Harcourt when the first leg was played in March.
Sharks remain in 18th spot with 22 points from 24 matches but they would fancy their chances of coming up with two consecutive home ties against Lobi Stars on Wednesday (rescheduled NPFL Week 24 tie) and NPFL Week 26 game against Enyimba on Sunday.
Lobi Stars 1-0 FC IfeanyiUbah
The Pride of Benue nicked another valuable win at home at the expense of the Anambra Warriors at Aper Aku Stadium, Makurdi on Sunday.
They must thank Libya returnee, Anthony Okpotu who scored his eighth goal from seven consecutive matches to hand all points to the side and this has taken their points tally to 30 from 24 matches.
The Makurdi side will play their remaining outstanding league game against Sharks in Port Harcourt on Wednesday. It was the NPFL Week 24 clash that was shifted because of their involvement in the semi final of the Federation Cup where they pipped Rangers to make it to the final.
It was another disappointing end for FC IfeanyiUbah and new coach Daniel Amokachi who would have wished to get at least a draw from the encounter. They are still on 32 points from 25 matches.
Akwa United 2-2 Giwa FC
The presence of Ambassador Chris Giwa, the owner of the Jos Elephants on the technical bench did inspire his boys to action in Uyo after they held the Promise Keepers to a draw at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium on Sunday.
Ambassador Giwa suspended the head coach of the club, Tony Bolus in the wake of their recent unimpressive result and he reappointed former goalkeeper trainer, Aminu Musa as head coach. He has also been training with the team and offering useful team selection tips to ensure that his club’s result’s fortunes changed before long.
Giwa FC with an outstanding NPFL Week 24 home tie against Enugu Rangers on Wednesday are currently on 36 points from 24 matches while Akwa United have 30 points from 24 games too. They have a rescheduled NPFL Week 24 tie against FC IfeanyiUbah in Nnewi on Wednesday.
Enugu Rangers 1-1 Dolphins
The Flying Antelopes are still suffering from the hangover of their ouster from the semi final of the Federation Cup after they were unable to grab maximum points against the Pride of Rivers on Sunday at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium, Enugu.
Godbless Asamoah, the Ghanaian import scored for the visitors before Evans Iyoro managed to equalize for the hosts in the tension soaked affair.
Dolphins are still 17th on the log on goals difference with 25 points from 25 matches while Rangers have 33 points from as many matches.
The Coal City side will have another chance to move up on the log when they tackle Giwa FC in Jos in a NPFL Week 24 rescheduled tie.
Sunshine Stars 5-0 El Kanemi Warriors
The Akure Gunners are only synonymous with scoring plenty goals in the league after another goal laden performance against the Borno Army whom they whipped 5-0 at the Akure Township Stadium on Sunday.
Paul Onobi, Prince Aggrey and Tunde Adeniji’s doubles helped to take Sunshine’s goals tally in their last three home games to 11 against Sharks, Giwa FC and El Kanemi warriors. They have scored 41 goals from 25 matches and have conceded only 20 to make it a massive plus 21 goals difference.
Sunshine returned to second spot on the log with 46 points from 25 matches after taking over as leaders for barely 24 hours. They reverted back to second after Enyimba downed FC Taraba 1-0 in Aba.
El Kanemi Warriors did themselves no good at all with the emphatic loss and they are only on 31 points from 25 matches.
Warri Wolves 1-0 Wikki Tourists
The Seasiders grabbed maximum points against rampant Bauchi side at the Warri Township Stadium on Sunday with Gbolahan Salami supplying the armoury that sent the visitors back home empty handed.
Oghenekaro Etebo was hacked down in the vital area and Salami made no mistakes from the penalty spot for the only goal of the match.
Warri Wolves have only been beaten once since the second stanza of the league started and they are breathing down the neck of Enyimba and Sunshine Stars in the race for the league title. They have 44 points from 25 matches while Wikki have been slowed down in their bid to qualify for the continent. They have 41 points from 25 games and are three points off the top three.
Abia Warriors 1-0 Heartland
The Umuahia side completed a rare double over the Naze Millionaires on Sunday after Chisom Chikatara scored from the spot in the 18th minute.
Abia Warriors have 40 points from 25 games but Heartland who are on 36 points from 25 matches must wake up from their present poor form if they want to end the season well.
Kwara United 1-0 3SC
It was reported that the Oluyole Warriors had a very good game against the Harmony Warriors but that their wastefulness in front of goal was their albatross in Ilorin.
3SC eventually lost the game 0-1 and they thus saved the necks of interim coach, Tunde Sanni and club General Manager, Haruna Maigidansanma whom Goal gathered would have been targets of the club’s fans had it been the result had ended other than a win for the home team.
Kwara United move to 29 points from 25 matches while 3SC are on 32 points from 24 matches. 3SC will face Nasarawa United on Wednesday in a NPFL Week 24 tie.
Kano Pillars 1-2 Nasarawa United
Sai Masu Gida eventually lost their enviable 12 years unbeaten home record on Sunday after they allowed Solid Miners to beat them 2-1 at the Sani Abacha Stadium, Kano.
It was a game of two halves with the Lafia side dominating the early exchanges and scoring two goals through Manir Ubale and Yaro Bature in the first half but Pillars came in stronger in the second half and were rewarded with a goal. There was no sufficient time for the equalizer as interim boss, Kabiru Suleiman Dogo had a delightful win over his former boss, Mohammed Babaganaru.
Pillars are almost out of the equation for the league title and it would be the first time in four years they have not done that but they could still nick a place on the continent with more hard work in their remaining matches.
Pillars have 37 points from 25 matches while Nasarawa United are on 36 points from as many matches.