The Elephants’ steady progression since the start of the second stanza has landed them at the top of the league after both Pillars and Bayelsa United lost their away games
ENYIMBA 1-0 KADUNA UNITED
The Peoples Elephant have not hidden their intention to return to the summit of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) since the start of the second stanza and they did after a narrow home win over Kaduna United.
The away team, who have relegation worries of their own, came out forcefully with a bid to halt the Aba Millionaires' near perfect home record this term and they almost did until a goal from Home Super Eagles striker, Ifeanyi Ede in the 83rd minute punished them.
Enyimba are top with 42 points from 26 matches. Although they are level on points with Kano Pillars and Bayelsa United who also have 42 points each, the Aba giants' superior goals difference of +7 shot them ahead of the two.
Next stop for them is a trip to Benin for the semi final of the Federation Cup against Lobi Stars on Wednesday at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium.
SUNSHINE STARS 2-1 KANO PILLARS
A brace from the Christian Omeruo, elder brother of Super Eagles' defender, Kenneth, was all the Akure Gunners needed to beat Kano Pillars at the Akure Township Stadium.
Sunshine raced into a two goal lead at halftime before Shehu Adamu reduced the arrears in the second half for the visitors.
Sunshine have 37 points from 26 matches to stay in ninth position while Pillars' defeat came with a price as they slid a place down to second on the log on goals difference.
SHARKS 1-0 LOBI STARS
The Blue Angels' resurgence continued in style at the Sharks Stadium winning maximum points at home to Lobi Stars.
The winning goal came about three minutes from full time and it was scored by Tayo Fabiyi who has been in impressive form for the Port Harcourt based club.
Sharks have 13 points from possible 15 from their last five outings. They are now on 36 points from 26 games and are placed 12th while Lobi's loss returned them to the foot of the table. They have 32 points from 26 ties.
3SC 2-0 BAYELSA UNITED
The Oluyole Warriors eased their relegation worries with a morale boosting 2-0 home win over Bayelsa United at the Lekan Salami Sports Complex, Ibadan on Saturday.
Strikes from Kingsley Eduwo and Osagona Ighadaro in the 18th and 81st minutes fetched full points for the Ibadan based side.
They have 33 points from 26 games to slightly up on 16th position while Bayelsa United are still riding high despite the loss with 42 points from same number of matches. They are third but with the same number of points with the first two-Enyimba and Pillars.
ABS 2-2 WIKKI TOURISTS
The privately owned club left it late before securing a point against Wikki Tourists at the Kwara State Stadium,Ilorin on Sunday.
Ichull Lordson's double in the 82nd and 90th minutes put them at par with the visitors who were only few minutes from a famous away win. Wikki had their goals through Tunde Aremu and Shuaibu Ibrahim in the 18th and 84th minutes.
ABS have 33 points from 26 games and are 18th on the log while their opponents are also on same 33 points from as many games but are a place above the Ilorin side (17th)on the log.
HEARTLAND 1-0 DOLPHINS
The Naze Millionaires returned to winning ways at the Dan Anyiam Stadium courtesy of a 1-0 home win over Dolphins.
The game was watched without the supporters and fans of the home team as it was the third and final match of the closed doors order from the League's organisers over the alleged unruly behaviour of the Heartland's fans in a recent league game.
Heartland are on placed 14th with 34 points from 26 games while Dolphins are two points better than the Owerri team from the same number of games. The Port Harcourt side are 11th on the log.
ENUGU RANGERS 1-0 GOMBE UNITED
The Flying Antelopes galloped to another 1-0 home win over Gombe United just like it was in the last game played at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium which ended 2-1 against Kaduna United.
It seemed the club is yet to recover from the hangover of their disqualification from the CAF Confederation Cup as they have been far from their best this season.
Christian Obiozor scored his team's lone goal in the 51st minute of the encounter.
The win returned Rangers to seventh on the log with 39 points from 26 games while Gombe United are placed 10th with 37 points from same ties.
NASARAWA UNITED 2-1 KWARA UNITED
The Lafia based duo of Victor Namo and Abubakar Mohammed might have saved the job of their head coach, Alphonsus Dike who could have been sacked if the club failed to take maximum points at home against Kwara United.
Namo atoned for his penalty miss in the last home match against Warri Wolves to put his side ahead in the 19th minute from the penalty spot before Habu Mohammed goal sealed the win. Sidi Lawal who got the goal that wrecked Heartland at Owerri two weeks ago got what proved to be a consolation for the Afonja Warriors in the 80th minute.
The win lifted Nasarawa United from the foot of the log to 19th with 33 points from 26 games while the loss slowed Kwara United down in fourth position with 41 points from as many games.
NEMBE CITY 1-0 WARRI WOLVES
The premier league new boys set a stay in the elite division as a target for the season and they got another three points to move a step closer to their dreams with a 1-0 win over Warri Wolves at the Samson Siasia Stadium, Yenagoa.
Tunde Adeboye's 41st minute effort was enough for the maximum points. The win lifted Nembe to 13th on the log with 35 points from 26 games while Wolves are gradually losing steam with 39 points from same number of matches. They are sixth.
AKWA UNITED 1-1 EL KANEMI WARRIORS
The Uyo side failed for the second time only at home this season to beat their guests after they allowed El Kanemi to pick a point in the club's incredible success story this season.
Besides the latest draw, the only time Akwa United were held at home was during match day eight of the league when ABS came to Uyo Township Stadium to play an entertaining 2-2 draw. Although, the club also played a game at Oba when they were banished by the League Management Company(LMC) a fallout of the Akwa United/ Warri Wolves initial botched game at Uyo.
Ezekiel Mba got the curtain raiser for his side in the eighth minute but Cameroonian import, Raphael Boumsong ensured that honours were even in the 29th minute with the equaliser.
El Kanemi are fifth with 41 points from 26 games while Akwa United still have much work to do to avoid relegation as they are presently placed 15th with 34 points from 26 games too.