Coach of Rangers International, Benedict “Surugede” Ugwu has become the first coaching casualty in the league after he was expelled by his club on Sunday during their 2-0 home loss to Akwa Starlets.
The game was still in its closing stages when the club’s twitter announced that the coach had been suspended indefinitely.
It was reminiscent of 2002 in the old Division 2 league when Dolphins thrashed Bayelsa United 8-0 in Port Harcourt.
Bayelsa United’s coach was sacked after they conceded the 6th goal.
In Enugu on Sunday, rumours filtered late at night that Sylvanus “Quick Silver” Okpalla, a former player of the club had been contracted to handle the team following the dismissal of Ugwu, but he went on a radio program to say he had not been contacted by anyone in the club.
The visitors under Coach Caleb Esu grew in confidence with the seeming lack of attacking prowess from the host and in a moment of genius from Aniekan Ekpe whose well struck free kick was nodded in for the opening goal on 14 minutes by Femi Ajayi.
Rangers reacted well and could have been level following the re-start but Ugwuoke and Eziekwe got in each other’s’ way while further pressure from Ifeanyi George brought out the best in Vincent Edafe on 18 minutes.
With the first half creeping to its end, the visitors launched a halfhearted attack after absolving some pressure and a quick cross over the face of the goal was met with a deadly precision by Isaac George on 42 minutes as the stadium went silent but for the few travelling personnel of Akwa Starlets F.C.
The genius, Eguma strikes at Warri Wolves
After managing a 2-1 win over Rangers International in Port Harcourt on Match Day 4, Stanley Eguma, the Rivers United gaffer was described by the club’s media team as having pulled the stroke of a genius to turn that game around.
Just in case you had any doubts regarding the abilities of Eguma, he cleared them on Match Day 5 winning in Warri against the Wolves.
Stephen Gopey got the winner in the 38th minute for the Port-Harcourt side.
“It was a good game a tough match. Warri Wolves put in every thing to pick the three points but we really prepared for this game. We looked at previous games and spotted our mistakes,” an elated Eguma said after the win, his first on the road this season.
Plateau still on fire
Plateau United continued their brilliant start to the season with another impressive away win in Asaba to Delta Force.
The 2017 champions fell behind in the 38th minute through a Kazie Enyinnaya penalty but rallied back to equalise six minutes later through Uche Onwuasoanya.
Further goals from Michael Ibeh and Mustapha Ibrahim earned Plateau United all three points.
He’s getting sacked in the morning
This might be the eventual tragedy that will befall Kano Pillars coach, Ibrahim Musa after he failed to win the first two of his three game ultimatum.
In Kano, it ended goalless as nothing could separate Kano Pillars and Wikki Tourists. The results leave Pillars deep in relegation waters.
Katsina United got the better of their visitors with a comfortable 2-0 win at the Muhammadu Dikko Stadium.
Tasiu Lawal, with his fourth goal of the season and veteran Gambo Muhammad scored late into the game to give Katsina United their second win of the season.
Mbaoma is Enyimba’s hero
Victor Mbaoma was the hero of the day in Aba as his brace secured all the points for Enyimba.
The former Remo Stars striker scored in the 20th and 26th minute to give Enyimba a morale-boosting win as they get set for the group stage of the CAF Confederation Cup.
With the win, Enyimba have now moved to the third position on the log.
“The most important thing is to get the three points and we got it plus two goals,” Usman Abd’llah said after the game.
“What I am concerned about is the missed chances. We got the three points but we have to convert our chances and we will address that later.”
Heartland lucky to win in Okigwe
Heartland were 1-0 winners over Jigawa Golden Stars in Okigwe, a result that will gladden Fidelis Ikechukwu’s heart.
The Owerri side have not had a good start to the season but Ugochukwu Leornard’s goal in the 48th minute gave Heartland their first three points of the season.
Akwa United still searching
The game in Uyo ended 1-1 between Akwa United and Nasarawa United who remain without a win this season.
Akwa United went ahead in the 45th minute when Ndifreke Effiong converted a penalty, but they could not hold on for the win as Godfrey West popped up with the equaliser for the Lafia side in the 52nd minute to share the spoils.
Oghenetega Ebetomane scored the only goal of the game for Abia Warriors in the 6th minute against MFM to earn all the points for his side in Umuahia.
Ebetomane’s goal condemned MFM to their first loss of the season and lifted Abia Warriors to the 6th position on the NPFL table after Matchday 5.
Will former Rangers and ElKanemi coach, Imama Amapakabo return to the NPFL? Rangers, his former club have let go a coach as Kano Pillars and Akwa United seem likely to do same soon.
Imama Amapakabo may just be returning to the league.