5 Talking points from NPFL Matchday 14

Stephen Odey celebrates against Plateau United
By Ekine Moseph

Ekine Moseph looks at 5 talking points from action in the Nigeria Professional Football League Match Day 14 games.

Stephen Odey is the real deal

Despite being only 18-years old, MFM FC forward Stephen Odey notched up his ninth and Tenth goal in as many matches becoming the first player to hit double figures this season.

Odey whom many have touted for a Super Eagles call-up showed his coolness in front of goal for one so young when he received a nicely weighted through pass from Sikiru Olatunbosun to calmly fire past Plateau United goalkeeper, Gaadi to trigger wild celebration from supporters at the Soccer temple.

With Plateau United having equalised in the second half through Peter Eneje, the league-leaders then conceded a penalty late into the game which Odey blasted into the back of the net much to the joy of his manager Fidelis Ilechukwu to hand the Olukoya boys all three points.

Odey who scored nine goals last season in the NPFL is proving to be no one-season-wonder and will hope to continue turning heads when Rivers United visit the Agege stadium this Wednesday in a rescheduled NPFL fixture.

Away win still elusive for Enyimba
Enyimba's Gbenga Ogunbote can't find a win from anywhere

Just like the game against Lobi Stars on Matchday nine, Enyimba yet again threw-away a lead this time against ABS FC to draw for the second time on the road this season.

Some will say they should be pleased with a point but in truth Enyimba should be winning such games with ease against a newly promoted side especially having led for most part of the game.

One win in seven games is just not good enough for Ogunbote and his lads especially in a period where three points at the UJ Esuene stadium is not a given.

Onuigbo saves FC Ifeanyi Ubah

Stuck on the bench and cheering every Prince Aggrey's goal, little did Ifeanyi Onuigbo or even coach Yaw Preko know what ElKanemi Warriors had up their sleeves come the second half.

With FC Ifeanyi Ubah leading 2-0 at the break, Isiaka Olawale and Ibrahim Babangida both scored in the second half to even things up for the Borno Army.

Ghanaian coach Yaw Preko in search of a winner brought on the much ridiculed ex Enyimba and Heartland striker, Ifeanyi Onuigbo in a last throw of the dice attempt. Onuigbo wasted no time to etch his name in the history books yet again with late penalty to hand the Anambra Warriors all three points and leave the visitors devastated.

ElKanemi Warriors can take positives from this tie knowing they fought hard to claw their way back into this tie and will be applauded by their fans for their bravery but it is Onuigbo whom many will remember as the Hero.

3SC can't stop being generous

No team in the NPFL have drawn more games than Shooting Stars at this stage of the season (7 games) and it is hard to predict when will their first win in more than a month come from.

Coach Fatai Amoo must be having sleepless nights thinking when will this 'unwanted' streak end. Against Abia Warriors at the Lekan Salami stadium at the weekend it was same story as they were held to yet another draw, with both sides failing to register a name on the score sheet.

With just 2-wins all season could it be too early to start ringing the alarm bells for one of Nigeria's traditional side's?

Akwa United brought back down to earth

Akwa United have looked the part in their last few games but they were left embittered when centre referee, Nura Abdullahi pointed to the spot for a penalty despite protestations from Akwa's players.

Ifeanyi Okoye scored the decisive penalty which ended Akwa United's run of two consecutive league wins.


Akwa United gaffer, Abdul Maikaba has been an advocate for patience from his fans but after such a result it was his own patience that was sorely tested by the arbiter in charge of proceedings.
FC Ifeanyi Ubah secure late win against El Kanemi Warriors
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