NPFL MD3 Review: Three wins from three for high flying Plateau United

19 goals were scored in the Nigerian Professional Football League on Sunday but only two of those were scored by an away side (Sunshine Stars in a 3-1 defeat to Plateau and Shooting in a battling display against Kano Pillars), so it’s no surprise then that all 10 away teams lost, the question is why.

Lack of recovery time to the fore

Three matches in seven days leaves a lot to be desired in terms of player recovery. While you might argue that this is the norm in Europe especially in weeks with Champions league or domestic cup assignments, the difference here is that a majority of the teams in the NPFL travel by road to honour these appointments leaving little time in between for the players to truly return to an optimal condition.

More cynical followers of the league will say that the last couple matchdays, with away sides recording two wins and three draws, were deviations from the norm with Sunday witnessing a return to status quo.

The NPFL has acquired an unfortunate reputation for matches being won by home sides, a stick with which cynics use to beat the league without delving deeper to figure out the underlying circumstances that might be affecting away performances. Apparently the League Management Company have noticed this as well, introducing structured monetary incentives for teams securing points away from home this season. Whether it will work or not, time will tell.


MFM FC an absolute joy for the neutrals

Stephen Odey became the first player to score a hattrick in the new NPFL season, fittingly he’s an MFM FC player. Incredibly matches featuring the Olukoya boys have seen 11 goals this season accounting for 17% of all goals scored this season. A roller-coaster of a week for MFM (a three nil win followed by a four nil defeat and now a four nil win), their brand of football will surely win several hearts over the course of the season.


Plateau United climb higher still

The last 100% record left in the league, Plateau are still going strong. Kenedy Boboye set his team a goal of winning their first five fixtures this season, three matches in and they’re well on their way to achieving that. Their 3-1 victory against Sunshine Stars leaves them with a 2-point cushion at the top of the table.

Having finished 8th on their return to Nigeria’s top flight, the Jos-based side have set their sights on continental ticket this season. Perhaps a bit ambitious, but if they continue this way under the experienced Boboye you would not put it past them.

Plateau’s first five

A    Remo Stars 1-2 Plateau United

H    Plateau United  3-1 Enyimba

H    Plateau United 3-1 Sunshine Stars

A    Gombe v Plateau United 

H    Plateau United v Abia Warriors

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Matchday 3 Results

Pillars 2-1 3SC

MFM 4-0 Lobi Stars

ABS 1-0 FC Ifeanyi Ubah

Rivers Utd 1-0 Tornadoes

Wikki 1-0 Akwa Utd

Rangers 1-0 El-Kanemi

Katsina Utd 1-0 Nasarawa

Enyimba 2-0 Gombe Utd

Plateau Utd 3-1 Sunshine

Remo Stars 1-0 Abia Warriors



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