NPFL Week 15 Round Up: Heartland reclaim top spot as Kwara thump Pillars

The Naze Millionaires retain their position on the log of the NPFL after a home win over Sharks as Kwara United thumped free falling Kano Pillars to take over second spot


Heartland recovered from their bad tempered mid week game to record a slim win over bogey team Sharks. The Naze Millionaires have not beaten the Blue Angels in Owerri for the last four seasons but Amarachi Ukaegbu's goal in the 26th minute broke the jinx and earned the hosts the precious three points.

Heartland are now first on the league with 25 points from 14 games and they have a chance to extend their lead if they can capitalise on their game at hand against Kano Pillars at the Confluence Stadium in Lokoja on Thursday. Sharks are still bottom of the log with 14 points from 15 matches.


The Afonja Warriors got the result of the week with a whitewash of the reigning league champions at the Kwara State Stadium, Ilorin on Sunday.

Goals from Stanley Dimgba and Dare Ojo in the 17th and 33rd minutes raced Kwara United to a two goal lead in the first half before man of moment Yahaya Adamu increased the Kano side's away misery in the 67th minute.

Pillars have not found a solution to sudden leaking defence and have been miles apart in form to the same side that won the league last season with so much promise. They have an important duel against Heartland of Owerri on Thursday in Lokoja. It will mark their turnaround in the league if they can beat the Naze Millionaires in the rescheduled league game.

Kwara United are second on the log with 25 points same as Pillars and Heartland but the latter hold top spot based on superior goals difference while Pillars dropped to third.


The Flying Antelopes returned to winning ways at the dreaded Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium, Enugu after a 2-0 win over the Akure Gunners.

Rangers needed the victory badly after some indifferent results of late in both domestic and continental games. They visit Tunisia this weekend to face CS Sfaxien in the return leg of the Caf Confederation Cup third round tie and the win over their Akure rivals would have calmed their nerves ahead of the trip.

Goals from Chukwudi Samuel and Ugonna Uzochukwu in the 42nd and 83rd minutes guaranteed all points and thus returned Rangers to the top half of the league table. They are now 10th with 21 points from 14 games and another win in their match at hand against 3SC will further steer them up. Sunshine are 11th on the log with 21 points from 15 matches.


The Lafia side halted a run of three games without a win with a 2-1 victory over youthful ABS. Ugochukwu Leonard and Victor Namo scored two goals in the first half to put Nasarawa United in the driver's seat but the Ilorin team reduced the goals deficit towards the end of the match.

The win catapulted Nasarawa United from 12th position to seventh with 22 points from 15 games while ABS are still in 19th position with 16 points from 14 ties. They must do something to their unimpressive results both home and away if they want to celebrate their fourth straight season in the top flight in peace.


The Peoples Elephant won their sixth game of the season after a close 1-0 win over the Oluyole Warriors at the Enyimba International Stadium, Aba.

Former Rangers' marksman, Ifeanyi Edeh scored eight minutes after the restart of the second half to deliver all points to their passionate fans. They must however find a solution to their unimpressive form away from home if they are to be counted among league frontrunners.

Enyimba are placed seventh with 22 points from 15 games while 3SC who have also been poor on the road have 19 points from as many games to occupy the 15th spot. They are only a point away from the relegation zone.


The premier league newcomers are still enjoying a roller coaster start to life among the big boys with another 2-0 win over Akwa United at the Samson Siasia Stadium, Yenagoa.

Nembe needed a response to their 0-2 loss to Bayelsa United in a local derby played last Wednesday and they got the immediate impact through Samuel Akinbinu and Harefe Obioma.

Nembe are fifth on the log with 23 points from 15 matches while Akwa United slid down to 13th with 20 points from 15 games.


Kaduna United frittered away many scoring chances including a first half penalty kick blown away by Ali Konti but they still prevailed 1-0 over Wikki Tourists of Bauchi through Uche John in the second half of the highly charged encounter.

The victory lifted the Kaduna side from their previous bottom three to 14th with 20 points from 15 games but the Tourists took over Kaduna United last week spot in the bottom with 17 points from as many matches.


The Desert Scorpions lost their 100 percent home record when they entertained Lobi Stars and were only few seconds away from losing all points before a stoppage time equaliser put paid to the Makurdi team’s ambition to get their first away win.

Chimaobi Nwaogu had got the curtain raiser for the lively Lobi Stars in the 24th minute but Inyang Asuquo levelled up two minutes after the restart of the second half for the home side.

Lobi shot into the lead again through Barnabas Imenger Junior in the 70th minute but Chijioke Chukwu got Gombe United's equaliser in the 90th minute to ensure both clubs shared the spoils.

The draw was a quick response for Lobi after they lost 0-1 at home to Kwara United last week. Gombe United are ninth with 22 points from 15 matches while Lobi are 17th with 18 points from same number of games.


The Port Harcourt dwellers got their second victory from two consecutive home games from Victor Ezuruike who on Wednesday celebrated his first goal in the top flight in two seasons. He netted again from the spot just like it was five days ago.

Dolphins' resurgence has taken them to fourth on the league table with 24 points from 15 games while El Kanemi Warriors are placed 16th from 15 games with 18 points.


Warri Wolves secured their biggest win of the season till date after pummelling Bayelsa United 4-0 at the Warri City Stadium in an entertaining tie played on Sunday.

Goals from Musa Najere (2nd), Joseph Osayaide (4th and 57th) and Gift Atulewa in the 52nd minute confirmed the Delta State side's domination  and it improved their points haul to 21 from 15 games. They are now 12th on the log while Bayelsa United dropped to sixth with 23 points from as many matches.