Plateau United, Rivers United and Lobi Stars all kept their places in the top three of the 2019/2020 Nigeria Professional Football League with Rangers and Enyimba picking up impressive away wins to complete the top 5.
Ibrahim Mustapha scored his 11th goal of the season with a brace for Plateau United in Jos as Abdu Maikaba’s kept up their four-point lead and moved up to 49 points with a 2-1 win over relegation-threatened Kwara United who dropped to 19th.
Malachi Ohawume scored a brace of his own as 2nd-placed Rivers United rebounded from losing to Rangers at the weekend with an impressive 3-0 win over 15th-placed Warri Wolves.
Samad Kadiri’s 5th-minute goal was enough for Gbenga Ogunbote’s Lobi Stars to edge FC Ifeanyiubah to stay six points behind the leaders in third place.
Enugu Rangers moved up to fourth with an impressive 3-2 win over Dakkada FC in a highly entertaining encounter in Uyo with Femi Ajayi and Israel Abia both hitting braces for the home side and the visitors respectively.
Enyimba beat bottom side Adamawa United with Stanley Dimgba and Cyril Olisema both on target for the defending champions who appear firmly in the chase for the title.
The Aba Elephants who have a massive five games in hand move up to 5th with 36 points, a point behind 4th-placed Rangers and 13 points behind leaders Plateau United.
Clement Ogwu and Dennis Obasi struck to earn MFM a first win in six matches as the Lagos side dispatched 16th-placed Abia Warriors 2-1 to move two points clear of relegation in 13th-place.
Kano Pillars dropped to 7th after a 1-0 loss at Wikki Tourists while the encounter between Nasarawa United and Akwa United ended in a goalless stalemate in Lafia.
Ali Maro Kalla scored a 98th-minute penalty to complete his brace and break the resolve of 12th-placed Heartland FC as 18th-placed Jigawa Golden Stars boosted their survival hopes with a 2-1 win in Kano.
9th-placed Sunshine Stars were beaten at home by 10th-placed Katsina United who moved level on 34 points with their hosts after the win.