The Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL) week five matches saw team restore confidence, show invisibility at home while some team still try to find their feet.
Watching from the stands, you can tell that MFM FC of Lagos have shown how comfortable they can be at home inside Agege Stadium after they pip former league champions Kano Pillars 1-0 in their week 5 NPFL encounter.
Although Pillars gave a good fight unlike what we saw when Lobi came visiting, Coach Ilechukwu’s men did secured the needed three points through substitute Adebayo Waheed in the 65th minutes.
It was a keen contest from start to finish as the first 45 ended in a stalemate until the goalscorer came on for Adegboyega Adekunle to make the difference.
In other centers, Lobi Stars stepped up their away performance securing a 0-0 with Rivers United on Sunday.
The Pride of Benue dusted themselves to hold the Port Harcourt side at the Yakubu Gowon Stadium.
The Makurdi based side were able to withstand everything Rivers threw at them to return with their shoulders held high.
Wikki Tourists remain unbeaten at home as they came from a goal down to see off FC Ifeanyi Ubah 3-1 at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Stadium.
Wikki’s unbeaten home record was almost broken after the visitors took the lead through Prince Aggrey’s header butthe table turned around as e game, however, turned around a the hi came from a goal down to win 3-1, with a brace from Richard Jonathan and Idris Guda’s late strike.
In Ilorin, ABS FC restored confidence as they beat Shooting Stars of Ibadan who consequently recorded their third loss of Thea season.
Mohammed Mohammed and Ebuka Anaekwe’s two goals were enough to move the Saraki boys to 3rd spot on the league table while the Oluyole warriors dropped to 19th.
Prior to the match at the cathedral, Chairman of Niger Tornadoes had promised to reward his side if they can upset the league champion. It was indeed an impressive outing for visiting Tornadoes as they forced Enugu Rangers to a 1-1 draw.
Godwin Aguda put the reigning league champions ahead before Chidebere Ajoku equalised for his third goal of the season.
The current league champions have garnered only six points from their games played so far while Tornadoes are 17th in the 20-team table.
Perhaps good times are here for Coach Nduka Ugbade and his Remo Stars as they comfortably pipped El-kanemi warriors by 2-0 at the Gateway Stadium.
Onuoha Chukwujekwu and Ochewechi Salefu scored in each to help the Sky Blue Stars.
Enyimba have moved up to fourth position following a slim 2-1 win over Nassarawa United.
Mfom Udoh got a brace for the two-time African champions but Adamu Hassan got a consolation for the visitors inside the UJ Esuene Stadium.
In what could be described as leaving the best for the last as the Pantami Stadium, it was Gombe United who came out victorious thanks to late goals from Sani Sanusi and Manir Ubale against visiting Sunshine Stars of Akure.
It was a keen contest until Sani finally broke the deadlock after an 85th minute blunder from Olorunleke Ojo. Ubale grabbed the second goal through a penalty kick in the dying minutes.
For a side yet to win a match in this season, Akwa United were determined to turned the tides but was able to pick a point away in Katsina United.
The promise keepers took the lead through Ibrahim Alhassan but failed maintain it as Kastina United restored parity in the second half through Obinna Eleje.
After five games, Akwa are still rocking bottom.
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