What can be learnt from matchday 8 of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) on Wednesday?
Enyimba look well set for the title
The People’s Elephants moved three points clear at the top of the table with a convincing 2-1 victory over Nasarawa United, and they look seriously threatening. Goals are being scored from all across the park, and the defensive errors that characterised the Aba side in recent times seem to have disappeared – evident by going three games without losing. Coach Fatai Osho has won six games this term, and he has brought a directness and passion to the team. There is no denying that they possess one of the strongest squads in the division.
Kwara United are evolving
One of the form teams in the division, the Kwara United team defeated title chasing Lobi Stars to move to third spot – extending their unbeaten run to five games. Abdullahi Biffo has taken the reigns and stabilised the club, leading them up the table, and he could well be the man to help the Harmony Boys pick a continental ticket.
Can Akwa United be real contenders?
The Akwa United team is filled with Quality. Consistency is what they are lacking. They haven’t been short of quality in the last two games. If they continue to play as they have been – with two consecutive victories recorded – they will surely be at the top end of the table at the end of the season.
Abia Warriors are creating few positives under Imama Amapakabo
After four games without a win or draw, the management of Abia Warriors handed coach Imama Amapakabo a three-match ultimatum to perform or get fired. This made him go back to the Tactics board and rejigged, for his boys to interpret pattern. It worked out well with three draws and lots of positives. The coach picked up his first win, an impressive 4-1 massacre of Sunshine Stars on Wednesday. It is still not the time for the club to panic, they need to still rally round him ahead of the game with Dakkada FC which is winnable.
The NPFL is once again incredibly exciting
Enyimba claimed top spot from Rivers United on Wednesday, moving three points clear of second place due to the Pride of Rivers facing Katsina United today. Kwara United feasted on Lobi Stars, Akwa United picked three points at Adamawa United. Five points separate leaders Enyimba and seventh placed Sunshine Stars who have 13 points. The NPFL is often regarded as one of the most competitive divisions in African football, and it is once again living up to its reputation. Whilst it makes perfect watching for the neutral, being a fan of any NPFL club can have you sent from glory to despair, with the intense turnaround of fixtures making the division impossible to call – even after 8 games.