In a gripping weekend of NPFL24 action, Enyimba surged to fifth place after a commanding 2-0 victory over Sporting Lagos, condemning the visitors to a five-game winless streak. Eze Ekwutoziam’s precise penalty and a late strike from Akanni Elijah secured the crucial three points for the home side, propelling Sporting Lagos into the dreaded relegation zone.
Remo Stars continued to assert their dominance at the summit of the league standings with a convincing 2-0 win over Sunshine Stars in a Southwest derby clash on Matchday 17. Aniekeme Okon’s late brace ensured the Sky Blue Stars extended their impressive run, maintaining their position as the team to beat.
Lobi Stars remained in hot pursuit of Remo Stars, matching their pace at the top of NPFL24 with a 2-0 triumph against Kwara United in Ilorin. Goals from Samuel Tiza and Stanley Ogabor secured maximum points for Lobi Stars, highlighting their determination to stay in the title race.
Kano Pillars orchestrated a thrilling comeback in their NPFL24 Matchday 17 clash against Plateau United in Kano. Despite conceding an early goal from Albert Hillary, Pillars rallied in the second half with goals from Abdullahi Haruna and Abdullahi Musa, securing a 2-1 victory on home turf.
Shooting Stars clinched a narrow 1-0 win over Bayelsa United in Ibadan, thanks to an early strike from Kareem Ademola. The solitary goal proved sufficient for the hosts to claim all three points, solidifying their mid-table standing.
Akwa United staged a remarkable comeback from a goal down to secure a vital 3-1 win over Abia Warriors, propelling them out of the relegation zone after their NPFL24 Matchday 17 encounter. Emmanuel Onu initially gave Abia Warriors the lead, but goals from Mubarak Said, David Phillip, and Hadi Mohammed secured a much-needed victory for the Promise Keepers.
Niger Tornadoes emerged triumphant in a five-goal thriller against struggling Heartland in their NPFL24 Matchday 17 clash. Akintunde Azeez opened the scoring for Tornadoes, only for Clement Ogbole to respond with a brace, putting Heartland ahead. Mohammed Hussaini equalized for the home side before Sadiq Isyaka netted a late winner, sealing a 3-2 victory for Niger Tornadoes.
Bendel Insurance displayed dominance at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in Benin, securing a comfortable 2-0 win over Rangers International. Junior Osaghae and Ismael Sarki found the net in either half, earning the Benin Arsenal all three points from the clash.
Doma United commenced the new year on a positive note with a vital 2-0 win over Katsina United. Bidemi Owoku and Samuel Enefiok both scored early for the Savannah Tigers, setting a positive tone for their NPFL24 campaign.
In a closely contested encounter at the Pantami Stadium, Gombe United held Rivers United to a 1-1 draw. Andy Okpe opened the scoring for the Pride of Rivers, but Wasiu Alalade netted an equalizer for the home side, ensuring both teams shared the spoils.
The latest round of NPFL24 fixtures showcased thrilling comebacks, dominant performances, and crucial victories, setting the stage for an enthralling continuation of the Nigerian football league.