NPFL Week 23 Round Up: Warri Wolves beat Rangers to go second on the log

The Seasiders have moved to the second spot on the league table among other interesting results got in the Nigeria Professional Football League games played in the past weekend


Warri Wolves stormed to the second spot on the Nigeria Professional Football League table after a hard earned 1-0 win over Enugu Rangers in a match day 23 tie played at the Warri City Stadium Sunday.

The Seasiders had an early minute penalty converted by Super Eagles' striker, Oghenekaro Etebo in the 13th minute that settled the game in favour of the home team.

The Flying Antelopes had no reason to contest the spot kick awarded by the centre referee because it was goal bound Etebo that was felled by a Rangers defender in the 18 yard.

Etebo who netted his 10th league goal of the season buried the penalty kick in the bottom left corner of the post and beyond the reach of Rangers' goalkeeper Emmanuel Daniel for the only goal of the match.

The victory saw Warri Wolves overtake Dolphins and Bayelsa United to the second spot with 37 points from 22 games while Rangers are still on 33 points from 23 matches.

The Chairman, Delta State Sports Commission, Chief Amaju Pinnick who was elated Warri Wolves won the game promptly redeemed the sum of 250,000 Naira to the players for the only goal scored and also promised that the team's match bonuses for the win would be paid to them immediately.

Pinnick also said he was not surprised at the club's impressive performance in the league and the Federation Cup because the players and the coaches have been well motivated to go all the way to bring all recognition and attention to the State in the round leather game.

Etebo's 10 goals have shot him just a goal behind league top scorer, Sunshine's Dele Olorundare who has scored 11 goals this season.


Lobi Stars had the last laugh in the battle of the Stars at the Emmanuel Akume Atongo Stadium, Katsina Ala against 3SC.

Substitute striker, Barnabas Imenger Jnr. came on from the bench to hand all three points to Lobi Stars against 3SC.

Before the introduction of Imenger, Lobi found it difficult to break the defence of the Oluyole Warriors who had goalkeeper Laide Okanlawon at his best during the match.

He denied all the hosts’ attempts to get a goal until the technical crew led by Evans Ogenyi made a timely substitution before the goal finally came through Imenger Jnr. in the 74th minute.

Ogenyi said Imenger Jnr. did what he was told to do and was thrilled that the team recorded a crucial late win to improve their lot on the league table.

Ogenyi disclosed:"It was a tough match and 3SC played very well. They came with a strategy to foil our game plan but we thank God that we were able to carry the day.

"Imenger came on and did what he was told to do. We are happy that we have all points and are no longer at the foot of the premier league table."

The win lifted Lobi to 16th on the table with 29 points while 3SC are now in relegation zone after the defeat.

3SC also had nice words in praise of the centre referee Bethel Nwanesi from Imo State for his mature and excellent officiating of the game.

The club's media officer, Jubril Arowolo also praised the resilience of the home team whom were not deterred by the brilliance of 3SC goalie, Laide Okanlawon before they got the only goal through a momentary misjudged cross from the right which was forcefully tapped into a gaping net by Imenger Jnr.


The Bauchi team left it late before Manu Garba rescued them with the three points with about two minutes to regulation time.

Wikki Tourists averted another major crisis after the home team secured maximum points at the death. It was as if the game would end in a draw before Garba struck in the 88th minute.

It was a hard fought victory and it has added three important points to the club's quest to avoid relegation this season.

Wikki now have 29 points from 23 matches while Bayelsa United are with 36 points.


The Desert Scorpions defeated the Akure Arsenal with two second half goals converted by Babangida Ibrahim.

It was an encounter which football purists have dared that it would go either way but Gombe proved  to be more than a handful.

The loss slowed down whatever aspiration the Akure Arsenal have for the season. They are on 31 points from 23 matches.


Kaduna United gained precious victory against deposed Federation Cup champions, Heartland at the Kaduna Township Stadium.

Kaduna United were aiming to add the Naze Millionaires to the list of clubs that have lost in Kaduna while Heartland on their part were recovering from their defeat against Akwa United at the same time.

Kaduna United have 32 points from 23 matches while Heartland are on 31.


The premier league new comers defeated Nasarawa United 1-0 at the Samson Siasia Stadium, Yenagoa to increase their points haul.

New recruit, Jonathan Zikiye’s goal in the 46th minute delivered the maximum points to the privately owned club.

For Nasarawa United it should be a defeat too many for them having lost last Wednesday to Enyimba in the quarter final of the Federation Cup.

Nembe have 32 points from 23 ties while Nasarawa United's 29 points has sent them closer to the relegation zone.


The Port Harcourt dwellers have halted the unbeaten start to the second stanza of ABS after they were beaten 2-0 by Dolphins.

Omoh Johnson and Emeka Atuloma scored in the 41st and 81st minutes.

The win got by Dolphins has made them to join the fray of those in contention to rival Kano Pillars for the title.

Dolphins are third on the log with 36 points.


The Afonja Warriors have lost ground in the title race after they allowed Sharks to steal a point at the Kwara State Sports Council, Ilorin.

Sharks came to Ilorin with a game plan and they frustrated their opponents until they got what they wanted.

Kwara United now have 35 points from 23 while Sharks are on 29 points.