Plateau United have established a three-point lead in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) after Tosin Omoyele’s strike helped them to a 1-0 win over MFM at the New Jos Stadium on Saturday.
Omoyele who scored 15 goals in the second tier, the Nigeria National League (NNL) with Osun United before switching to NPFL champions Plateau United gave the Jos club the dream start they hoped for, when he popped up to tap home Chizoba Amaefule’s long throw-in on two minutes.
It was the second home game on the bounce that the champions would take an early lead this season after putting up a lively start. In their previous home game, they took the lead in same fashion and in same minute through Jimmy Ambrose.
Nine minutes into the game, MFM striker Jesse Akila did well to go past his marker before firing a shot wide.
Omoyele caused MFM all kinds of trouble with his pace and two minutes later got into a shooting range but hit his effort off target.
Again Omoyele appeared inside the box of MFM, and nearly got on the end of Amaefule’s cross.
It was looking a show of two strikers – Akila for MFM and Omoyele for the champions – as the former directed his headed attempt away from target from close range with Plateau United goalkeeper Okiemute Odah relieved to see it go off target.
Omoyele then had his turn at goal. He spinned away from his marker but his shot was saved by MFM goalkeeper Ospino Egbe on 20 minutes.
Plateau United kept MFM pegged in their half for larger spells and one of such occasion, Plateau United’s big forward Emeka Umeh tried to thread the ball through to Omoyele but hit his pass out of range for the former Osun United man.
The tempo of the contest in the second 45 minutes did fizzle out but the ensured Plateau United took their lead at the top of the standings to three points better than the chasing pack.
AKWA UNITED AIM TO STAY WITHIN TOUCHING DISTANCE
Plateau United’s three-point lead could only last for 24 hours though if Akwa United succeed in defeating bottom-placed Kwara United at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium in Uyo on Sunday.
Akwa United could even leapfrog the champions should they win by a three-goal margin. Their head coach Abdu Maikaba has made it clear that they are focused on Sunday’s game after a midweek win at Niger Tornadoes.
“All our concentration is on this weekend’s match against Kwara United. Although they are having a difficult start to the season, we know that they are a good team so we won’t make that mistake of underrating them or any other team in this league”.
“We won’t allow that victory against Niger Tornadoes to get into our head in such a way that it will distract us, instead, we want to be more focus in every match, knowing that we can always win if we play well.
There are also seven other games that will take place this Sunday while Matchday 5 will be rounded off on Monday when Nasarawa United play hosts to seven-time champions Enugu Rangers.
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