NPFL: Akwa United stay top as away teams daze their hosts

by: Evolve


Week 21 was another exciting day in the NPFL as away teams did not only impress but stunned their hosts in superb fashion on Sunday.

For the first time since match day 15 last season (2019), there were four away wins in the Professional League led by league leaders, Akwa United.

The Promise Keepers held on to their place at the top of the table with a comfortable 0-2 win over city rivals Dakkada FC.

United celebrate at the Godswin Akpabio stadium.

The hero of the day for the away side was Charles Atshimene, who helped himself to a brace in either half, his fifth and sixth goals of the season to seal the win and all three points.

With the victory, United not only stayed top of the log on 40 points but also extended their unbeaten run to 11 matches (7 wins, 4 draws).

Mountain of Fire Ministry, MFM FC were another team to win away after a 0-2 win over Warri Wolves in Warri.

Two first half goals from Onyebuchi Ifeanyi and Clement Ogwu handed the Odukoya Boys a much-needed win, their 7th of the campaign.

The other two away wins on matchday 21 include Rivers United’s narrow 0-1 win over Enugu Rangers at the Cathedral, former Flying Antelope, Godwin Aguda netted the decisive winner as early as the 8th minute.

All eyes on the ball.

Nasarawa United defeated Wikki Tourist 1-2 in Bauchi to complete a remarkable day for the visitors in the NPFL, while Jigawa Golden Stars held their hosts, Sunshine Stars to a goalless affair in Akure.

In Kano, Ahmed Musa helped Kano Pillars to a narrow victory over Adamawa United as he made a return to where it all started for him, the NPFL.

The former Leicester City star provided the assist after NPFL legend, Rabiu Ali calmly slotted home from Musa’s delightful through ball for the only goal on the game to seal all three points for Pillars.

Musa receives the armband from Ali just before kickoff.

It was Musa’s first game for the club since he put pen to paper on a short term deal until the end of the season.

Heartland, Lobi Stars, and Kwara United were 2-0 winners at home over Katsina United, FCIU, and Plateau United.

In sum, a total of 15 goals were scored in 9 matches on Sunday, an average of over 1.66 goals per game.

And in terms of positions on the league table, Akwa United are joint top with Kano Pillars on 40 points, Kwara United are a point behind in 3rd while Rivers United, who are two points adrift of the top, complete the top four.

At the other end, Adamawa remain rooted at the foot of the table, followed by FCIU, Warri Wolves, and Sunshine Stars.

Full Table

Things are tight at the top: Just 4 points separate the top five.




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