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NPFL Matchday two: Talking Points

2:38 AM GMT+8 19/01/2019
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There were few teams in action during the NPFL's midweek games, but there was still much to discuss

  • Go Round

    Are away victories here to stay?

    The value of away wins in the NPFL can’t be overemphasised, and having seen El-Kanemi Warriors serve up what was the biggest result of the opening weekend with victory at Akwa United, last season’s new comers Go Round FC made headlines in midweek with their 2-1 win at Abia Warriors. It’s rare to see away victories on consecutive matchdays, and maybe this is a sign that teams are equipping themselves better to secure victories on the road.

  • MFM vs. Real Bamako

    Can MFM FC rediscover 2017 heroics?

    With the likes of Stephen Odey, Chukwuka Onuwa and Sikiru Olatunbosun that made Mountain of Fire a household name in the NPFL all departing the club, the Lagos-based side have plenty rebuilding to do. After an opening 2-0 loss away to Enyimba, the Olukoya Boys saw off Kwara United by that same scoreline at the Agege Stadium on Wednesday afternoon. Having failed to be as inspiring as their phenomenal 2017 runners-up heroics in 2018, it’s going to be a tough job for Fidelis Ilechukwu to churn out another exciting team that can challenge for honours.

  • Plateau United vs. USM Alger - Elisha Golbe

    Miserable Plateau United

    Just when it seemed as though Plateau United would mount a serious title challenge after appointing Abdu Maikaba and making some big signings, things haven’t started well for the Peace Boys. A disappointing 0-0 opening day draw with FC Ifeanyi Ubah in Jos was followed by a 3-0 bashing by Heartland in Owerri in midweek. To cap off their misery, the 2017 NPFL champions have been banished from their base and will play their next three home games in Ilorin for the violence that erupted on matchday one. It really couldn’t get any much worse.

  • MFM vs. FC IfeanyiUbah

    Understrength FCIU pushing to the limit

    Since FC Ifeanyi Ubah came into existence in 2015, they’ve been known to parade big local players along with foreign imports. While this has brought relative success which culminated with the Federation Cup triumph in 2016, things have been going on a downward spiral for the Anambra Warriors since then. Virtually all of the big names in the club have departed, with a less popular and youthful side taking to the field. They're giving a decent account of themselves, however, with four points from their opening two games. The Nnewi-side will be severely tested as the campaign wears on, and how they adapt will go a long way in determining how their season ends.

  • El Kanemi Warriors

    100% El-Kanemi

    Just last year, El-Kanemi Warriors were close to getting relegated and were saved only by the premature conclusion of the season. However, they’ve started the new campaign like a house on fire, with back-to-back victories big guns against Akwa United and Kano Pillars. It’s not what many would have predicted, but new coach Mohammed Babaganaru is out on a mission to adjust the wrongs from last year. Hence, the men from Maiduguri could really make a big impact this time around, making a bold statement in the process.