The Nigeria Professional Football league continued this weekend as there were matches across 10 centers all around the country.
Surprise leaders, Plateau United, continued their fairytale run when they oversaw a 3-1 home victory over a 10 man Sunshine Stars side. Ayo Saka saw red in the 26th minute after he was booked twice in just a minute, 18 minutes later, Benjamin Turba scored and the Kennedy Boboye led side never looked back. Kabir Umar and Emeka Umeh scored in the 70th and 80th minute before Alaba Adeniyi got the consolation 10 minutes later.
In Port Harcourt, a lively Rivers United side managed a 1-0 victory over Niger Tornadoes. Rivers United were the better side and had more chances but they found former Sharks goalkeeper, Mustapha Aliko up to the task. It was only a 22nd minute Guy Kuemian poke from a Lukman cross that successfully beat the goalie. He was unarguably the best player on the pitch and former Enyimba FC midfielder also shone for the home side.
Elsewhere in Calabar, at the U. J. Esuene Stadium, the adopted home of the 7 time champions, Enyimba FC had to labour to a 2-0 victory over visiting Gombe United. New signing, Ibrahim Mustapha scored his second home goal in the 65th minute before Captain Mfon Udoh made all 3 points safe when he converted a penalty in the 90th minute.
Gombe United are still searching for their first away win over Enyimba.
Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries (MFM) FC, the only Lagos based club in the league, put behind them the 4-0 bashing they received at Nnewi to teach Lobi Stars a lesson they learnt in the midweek. It ended 4-0 at the Agege Stadium with youngster, Stephen Odeh scoring the first hatrick of the season and also lead the goalscorers’ chart with 4 goals.
Meanwhile, FC Ifeanyi Ubah who had a 4-0 win over MFM FC on Wednesday lost away to newly promoted ABS FC in Ilorin. A 17th minute Metu Chigozirim strike was just enough for the Saraki babes to see off the visiting Anambra Warriors.
Katsina United, at the Mohammed Dikko Stadium in Katsina, held on to a Musa Suleiman goal to glean the 3 points at stake when Nasarawa United visited. Katsina United have now won 2 of the 3 opening matches and will hope to build on that success.
Kano Pillars survived a 3SC scare as they came from behind to beat visiting Sunshine Stars 2-1. Thanks to a Adamu Mohammed 2nd half brace. Adigun Adewale latched onto a Olabisi cross to put the visitors ahead in the 41st minute but Adamu Mohammed rescued his team with his 2nd half brace.
Remo Stars recorded their first ever NPFL point as they had to wait until the dying minutes to score from the spot. Captain Victor Mbaoma made the most of that opportunity thereby halting Abia Warriors who have just had their 100% record disappear. Abia Warriors will try to restart again when they face their state rivals, Enyimba FC in Umuahia on Wednesday.
Wikki Tourists at the Tafawa Belewa Stadium, Bauchi overcame Nasarawa United courtesy of a Harrison Madu 82nd minute goal. Champions, Rangers International FC also recorded their first win of the season, thanks to a Bobby Clement 2nd half goal in Enugu to beat El-Kanemi Warriors 1-0 at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium. Rangers are looking to successfully defend the league title they won last season, their first trophy in 32 long years.
Here is a summary of the results of NPFL Matchday 3:
ABS FC 1-0 FC Ifeanyi Ubah
Rivers United 1-0 Niger Tornadoes
Enyimba FC 2-0 Gombe United
Kano Pillars 2-1 Shooting Stars
Enugu Rangers 1-0 Elkanemi Warriors
Kastina United 1-0 Nasarawa United
Plateau United 3-1 Sunshine Stars
Wikki Tourists 1-0 Akwa United
MFM FC 4-0 Lobi Stars
Remo Stars 1-0 Abia Warriors