NPFL Review: Talking points from matchday 5
The season is still in swaddling clothes but my is it churning out results. After five matches, the table is befuddling to fans and pundits alike and the only way to make sense of it is to point out that it’s early days yet. Despite that continental representatives wandering about the lower reaches reminding us of that chemistry don in university who was forever rumpled and always a little confused is certainly amusing. Here are some talking points from matchday 5;
The K-train shows no signs of slowing
Kennedy Boboye and Plateau United remain strong at the top, a 2-1 win at home to Abia Warriors the latest in a string of impressive victories. There are now three points between them and them and the rest of the field.
So the going is good and Plateau are reaching new heights, how long they can keep at it is anyone’s guess. But the real question is what happens when the trains begins to lose momentum. Boboye has acquired a reputation, perhaps unfairly, as fair-weather fellow especially after the wheels came off at Abia following a similarly impressive run (10 wins) and like it or not there are sceptics waiting in the wings but for now the K-train is chugging along smoothly and unperturbed.
Teenage sensations and trailblazers
A debut to remember for Adebayo Waheed
Coming on as a substitute in a match and getting the goal that maintains your side’s hundred percent home record against a seasoned contender such as Kano Pillars is something to be celebrated with abandon for most players, if you’re a teenaged Adebayo Waheed marking your debut with a diving header, for you the length and breadth of the Agege Stadium erupts with joy.
Bravo to coach Ilechukwu for giving youth a chance, something we don’t see enough of. Hopefully managers continue to use youths increasingly.
Sack race time, first to breast-the-tape?
If you had said that five games into the season, or in fact at any point, Rangers and FC Ifeanyiubah would find themselves in the bottom half of the table you would have been laughed out the room.
No one’s laughing now. Obviously a direct consequence of sooner other teams raising their level and playing beyond expectations, however, it’s hard to explain continental representative struggling to keep their head above water.
Akwa United and Shooting Stars have also been below par and one thing’s sure, if they don’t get it together soon there will be consequences.
NPFL MD5 Results
Rangers 1-1 Niger Tornadoes
Plateau United 2-1 Abia Warriors
Enyimba 2-1 Nasarawa United
Wikki Tourists 3-1 FC IfeanyiUbah
Katsina United 1-1 Akwa United
Gombe United 2-0 Sunshine Stars
MFM FC 1-0 Kano Pillars
Remo Stars 2-0 El Kanemi Warriors
Rivers United 0-0 Lobi Stars
ABS FC 2-0 Shooting Stars