Day 23 of the Nigeria Professional Football League saw some interesting results across the centres.
It was a big relief as Enyimba ended their match winless run in the top tier, MFM FC picked up a crucial point against Sunshine Stars in Akure.
In the Northern derby, Kano Pillars were victory over Nasarawa United at Ahmadu Bello Stadium.
Here are the five things we learned from the latest round of matches.
5. Warri Wolves are now different under Ortega
Since the appointment of Deniran Ortega, Wolves have been special in their approach to the game and mentality. They did well with a 1-0 win over Lobi Stars. Once again it was ageless Efe Yarhere who dimed the Stars. Four points in two games under a new gaffer isn’t bad.
4. Enyimba sends a message
A lot have written off the title of hopes of Enyimba due to their form on the continent. But the People’s Elephants shamed critics with a quality display against Wikki Tourists in Bauchi. The 2-1 result must have relieved Fatai Osho.
3. Sunshine Stars’ failure leaves questions to be answered
Less motivated Sunshine Stars continued to leave much to desire with another poor performance against MFM FC. The recorded their ninth draw of the season and are fighting relegation.
2. Plateau United find winning form in the nick of time
Sometimes momentum can be everything in football. Plateau United, perhaps, know that better than anyone. They drew 0-0 at Heartland. The team just need to remain confident and focussed on the long-term objectives. Subsequently little has changed with their playing style. With bottom sides Adamawa United and Sunshine Stars among their remaining opposition, the Peace Boys may have rediscovered their impetus with perfect timing.
1. Battle for title gets tougher
Pillars recorded a 1-0 win over Nasarawa United to go top of the table with 44 points while Akwa United drew 0-0 with Abia Warriors to slid to second with 42 points. Rivers United drew 1-1 against Kwara United. Enyimba’s win has also thrown the title race open.