Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) champions, Plateau United have assumed the summit of the ranking after just four matchdays following their convincing 3-0 spanking of El-Kanemi Warriors at the New Jos Stadium on Wednesday.
Aiteo (FA) Cup holders Akwa United are right on the tails of the champions in second place after pulling off a 2-1 win at Niger Tornadoes on same day.
The league champions made their intent know from the outset of their game as Jimmy Ambrose headed them in front two minutes into the contest with El-Kanemi.
El-Kanemi offered little resistance and allowed Plateau United to race into a two-goal lead after eight minutes. This time Joshua Obaje got on the end of Tosin Omoyele’s pass to make it 2-0.
Kennedy Boboye’s men hardly allowed their opponents to settle into the matchup in the second half when Raphael Ayagwa made it three-nil two minutes into the restart.
It was all too easy as Plateau United go top with seven points, something that would scare the chasing pack considering how they held on to top spot for 34 matchdays to becoming champions last season.
While Plateau United were cruising in Jos, Abdu Maikaba’s Akwa United made life difficult for their hosts Tornadoes at Lokoja’s Confluence Stadium. Dennis Nya put the Promise Keepers in front on 23 minutes but three minutes to the break Nosiru Afees draw Tornadoes level.
Victor Mbaoma, signed by Akwa United from Remo Stars, scored the winner for Akwa on 72 minutes and held on to their lead for their first away win of the campaign.
At the Agege Stadium also known as the Soccer Temple, Jesse Akila put MFM FC in control on 14 minutes. Pascal Seka restored parity for FC Ifeanyiubah 15 minutes later, before Sikiru Olatunbosun buried the winner four minutes before the break.
Kwara United had a man sent off eight minutes from time when Lukman Binuyo got a second yellow card, but managed a lone goal victory over Wikki Tourists at the IIorin Township Stadium thanks to Stephen Alfred’s goal.
Newly-promoted sides Go Round FC and Heartland renewed their rivalry at the Krisdera Stadium, Omoku. Solomon Nwachukwu had put the home side ahead on 11 minutes, before Julius Ubido headed home the equalizer in the second half. The home side completed the fixture with ten men following the sending off of Azu Chile for a second bookable offence in added time of second half.
Nyima Nwagua and Junior Lokosa were on target as Kano Pillars edged past Abia Warriors 2-1 in Kano. Abia Warriors had earlier equalized through Ndifreke Effiong, before Lokosa grabbed his fourth of the season.
Bala Yahuza and Franklin Sasere scored for Sunshine Stars as they defeated Rivers United 2-0 while Godwin Aguda was the difference as Rangers recorded a slim 1-0 victory over Abdullahi Biffo’s Katsina United in Enugu.
Yobe Desert Stars claimed a second win of the season when they beat Lobi Stars 1-0 in Damaturu. Chinedu Ohanachom got the goal.
The match between Enyimba and Nasarawa United will be decided at the UJ Esuene Stadium, Calabar on Thursday.