The Nigeria Premier Football League (NPFL) Matchday 8 action resumed on Sunday, with intriguing games and significant goal differentials in certain contests, as Remo Stars and Plateau United emerged victorious.
Remo Stars 4-0 thrashing against visiting Gombe United was the highest goal recorded on Matchday 8 which produced a total of 18 goals.
Bendel Insurance, Shooting Stars and Enugu Rangers were the only team thatpicked a point on the road.
Remo Stars defeated Gombe United 4-0 at the Remo Stars Stadium in Ikenne, returning to winning ways with a masterful team effort.
With just 25 minutes played, Sky Blue Stars attacker Sikiru Alimi scored to give them a 1-0 lead. Before Franck Mawuena’s tight finish in the 32nd minute doubled the lead to 2-0.
The third goal was scored by Okon Aniekeme in the 58th minute, and Alimi completed his brace in the 78th minute with a tight finish outside the edge of the box to make it 4-0.
At the New Jos Stadium in Jos, Plateau United defeated Abia Warriors 3-1 at home.
Within 15 minutes, the Mbwas Mangut team was up 3-0 thanks to goals from Chris Nwaeze, Barnabas Daniels, and an own goal by Abia Warriors right-back Jerry Ogu.
Erasmus Onuh’s team lost their fourth game of the season before Meme Okike scored his second league goal of the year when he drew a goal back for the visitors in the 32nd minute.
Rangers International held Sunshine Stars to a 2-2 draw at the Ondo Sports Complex Stadium in Akure, securing a crucial road point.
Godwin Obaje’s incredible goal within four minutes gave the Flying Antelopes an early lead. Before Ibrahim Yusuf gave the Akure Gunners a 1-1 lead in the 13th minute.
In the 80th minute, Moses Omodumueke made it 2-1 for Sunshine Stars, taking advantage of the Rangers’ lax defence to reestablish the team’s lead for the first time in the match.
Prior to Osimaga Duke’s goal,
At the Lafia City Stadium, table-toppers Lobi Stars defeated Sporting Lagos by a slim margin of 1-0.
Sunday Chinedu’s goal in the 29th minute gave the Pride of Benue a decisive three points and increased their lead at the top of the log.
At the Sani Abacha Stadium in Kano, Kano Pillars defeated champions Enyimba FC 1-0 at home to get back to winning ways.
Enyimba FC lost another away game as Abah Adams scored the game-winning goal for the Abdul Maikaba-led team in the 71st minute, slotting it in from close range inside the box’s edge.
The 10-man Shooting Stars in Ilorin held Kwara United to a 1-1 draw, earning them a crucial point.
Malomo Taofeeq’s 44th goal gave the Gbenga Ogunbote team the lead. Both teams shared the point until Mohammed Alao tied the score at one in the 88th minute.
Tony Bolus had a huge victory in Katsina at the end as Katsina United defeated Rivers United 1-0 in a close game played at the Muhammad Dikko Stadium.
With a huge three points, Mansoor Saleh’s goal in the 46th minute allowed the Katsina-based team get back on track.
At the Ahmadu Bello Stadium in Kaduna, Bendel Insurance holds the Niger Tornadoes to a goalless draw, earning their second straight away point.
For Benin Arsenal, it would seem to be a huge boost as they pursue their goal of being among the league’s top contenders this season. For Odigie and his team on Monday, it would seem like a crucial point.
NPFL Matchday 8 Results
Doma United 1-0 Akwa United
Sunshine Stars 2-2 Rangers Int’l
Kano Pillars 1-0 Enyimba FC
Plateau United 3-1 Abia Warriors
Kwara United 1-1 Shooting Stars
Remo Stars 4-0 Gombe United
Lobi Stars 1-0 Sporting Lagos
Katsina United 1-0 Rivers United
Niger Tornadoes 0-0 Bendel Insurance