Action resumed in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) as there were matches in 10 centres across the country.
Early leaders, Plateau United, who were at the Lafia City Stadium, held their hosts Nasarawa United to a 0-0 draw in an interesting game. That draw ensured that Plateau United continued their unbeaten run in the league and still sit atop the table, one point ahead of MFM FC who got an away victory over Sunshine Stars in Akure, courtesy of a goal from top striker, Stephen Odey.
Rivers United on the other hand, got their own unbeaten run cut short courtesy of a 2-1 loss in Ibadan to Shooting Stars Sports Club. Goals from Faleye and Jide Apena made Lukman’s strike not enough to either get any point off the Ibadan based side or preserve the Pride of Rivers’ unbeaten run.
In Lokoja, Niger Tornadoes’ adopted home, there were penalties for both sides, first for visiting Katsina United in the 25th minute which was converted before Niger Tornadoes got theirs in the 72nd minute and also converted it to end the game all square.
In another game of two penalties, Rangers conceded two penalties and despite Nana Bonsu saving one, Prince Aggrey of FC IfeanyiUbah made sure the second was safely turned in. The Oriental Derby ended in the Anambra Warriors favour 1-0. Same scoreline for games in Umuahia, Maiduguri, Uyo and Kano, where Abia Warriors, El-Kanemi Warriors, Akwa United and Kano Pillars defeated Gombe United, Enyimba FC, Remo Stars and ABS FC respectively. Lobi Stars got the biggest win as they saw off visiting Wikki Tourists 2-0.
There were a total of 13 goals, a draw and an away win. Teams playing in the continent will have a little break from the NPFL so they can either travel or prepare for their continental engagements.