Stephen Odey celebrates against Plateau United
By Ekine Moseph

Ekine
Moseph looks at 5 talking points from action in the Nigeria
Professional Football League Match Day 14 games.

Stephen
Odey is the real deal

Despite
being only 18-years old, MFM FC forward Stephen Odey notched up his
ninth and Tenth goal in as many matches becoming the first player to
hit double figures this season.

Odey
whom many have touted for a Super Eagles call-up showed his coolness
in front of goal for one so young when he received a nicely weighted
through pass from Sikiru Olatunbosun to calmly fire past Plateau
United goalkeeper, Gaadi to trigger wild celebration from supporters
at the Soccer temple.

With
Plateau United having equalised in the second half through Peter
Eneje, the league-leaders then conceded a penalty late into the game
which Odey blasted into the back of the net much to the joy of his
manager Fidelis Ilechukwu to hand the Olukoya boys all three points.

Odey
who scored nine goals last season in the NPFL is proving to be no
one-season-wonder and will hope to continue turning heads when Rivers
United visit the Agege stadium this Wednesday in a rescheduled NPFL
fixture.

Away
win still elusive for Enyimba

Enyimba’s Gbenga Ogunbote can’t find a win from anywhere

Just
like the game against Lobi Stars on Matchday nine, Enyimba yet again
threw-away a lead this time against ABS FC to draw for the second
time on the road this season.

Some
will say they should be pleased with a point but in truth Enyimba
should be winning such games with ease against a newly promoted side
especially having led for most part of the game.

One
win in seven games is just not good enough for Ogunbote and his lads
especially in a period where three points at the UJ Esuene stadium is
not a given.

Onuigbo
saves FC Ifeanyi Ubah

Stuck
on the bench and cheering every Prince Aggrey’s goal, little did
Ifeanyi Onuigbo or even coach Yaw Preko know what ElKanemi Warriors
had up their sleeves come the second half.

With
FC Ifeanyi Ubah leading 2-0 at the break, Isiaka Olawale and Ibrahim
Babangida both scored in the second half to even things up for the
Borno Army.

Ghanaian
coach Yaw Preko in search of a winner brought on the much ridiculed
ex Enyimba and Heartland striker, Ifeanyi Onuigbo in a last throw of
the dice attempt. Onuigbo wasted no time to etch his name in the
history books yet again with late penalty to hand the Anambra
Warriors all three points and leave the visitors devastated.

ElKanemi
Warriors can take positives from this tie knowing they fought hard to
claw their way back into this tie and will be applauded by their fans
for their bravery but it is Onuigbo whom many will remember as the
Hero.

3SC
can’t stop being generous

No
team in the NPFL have drawn more games than Shooting Stars at this
stage of the season (7 games) and it is hard to predict when will
their first win in more than a month come from.

Coach
Fatai Amoo must be having sleepless nights thinking when will this
‘unwanted’ streak end. Against Abia Warriors at the Lekan Salami
stadium at the weekend it was same story as they were held to yet
another draw, with both sides failing to register a name on the score
sheet.

With
just 2-wins all season could it be too early to start ringing the
alarm bells for one of Nigeria’s traditional side’s?

Akwa
United brought back down to earth

Akwa
United have looked the part in their last few games but they were
left embittered when centre referee, Nura Abdullahi pointed to the
spot for a penalty despite protestations from Akwa’s players.

Ifeanyi
Okoye scored the decisive penalty which ended Akwa United’s run of
two consecutive league wins.

Akwa
United gaffer, Abdul Maikaba has been an advocate for patience from
his fans but after such a result it was his own patience that was
sorely tested by the arbiter in charge of proceedings.

FC Ifeanyi Ubah secure late win against El Kanemi Warriors

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