Week seven of the Nigerian Professional Football League, NPFL, saw the top two sides, leaders, Akwa United and champions, Plateau United, run riot on Sunday.
— Plateau United FC (@plateauutdfc) February 4, 2018
In Jos, Plateau were too good for their visitors from Akure, Sunshine Stars, while current pace setters, Akwa, ran Wikki Tourists ragged in Uyo.
Three goals in the space of 20 first half minutes ensured Plateau returned to winning ways with a bang, after a 5-0 demolition of Sunshine Stars.
Tosin Owoyele gave the Tin City Boys the lead as early as the second minute, before two goals from Sunday Ingbede and Emeka Umeh handed them a convincing 3-0 lead at half time.
The defending champions made it 4-0, when Owoyele added a fourth ten minutes from time, to complete his brace, with a fifth coming late on from Pam Mafeng to seal a thoroughly deserved victory for the champions.
In Uyo, Abdu Maikaba’s Akwa United saw off the challenge from Wikki with a 4-0 win, thanks to goals from Gabriel Wassa, Victor Mbaoma, Michael Okoro and Christian Pyagbara.
Akwa’s biggest win of the campaign means they are now unbeaten in their last five games, four wins, and a draw.
The Promise Keepers are also the league’s top scoring outfit, having scored 14goals, for an average of two goals per game.
This is our biggest win margin this season
Akwa Utd 4-0 Wikki Tourists
— Akwa United FC (@AkwaUnited_fc) February 4, 2018
And in Umuahia, the Oriental Derby between Abia Warriors and seven-time league winners, Rangers International of Enugu, ended in a rather disappointing goalless affair.
In terms of league positions, Akwa United remain top of the standings on 16points, closely followed by Plateau United, who are a point behind in second.
Kano Pillars, who defeated MFM FC 2-0, and Lobi Stars, who picked up a 1-0 win against Ifeanyi Ubah, complete the top four, as they occupy third and fourth respectively.
At the other end of the table, Kwara United find themselves bottom of the log, following their fifth loss of the season, while they are joined in the relegation dogfight by Nasarawa United and Niger Tornadoes.
- Rivers United 1-0 Go Round
- Abia Warriors 0-0 Rangers
- El-Kanemi 0-0 Enyimba
- Plateau United 5-0 Sunshine Stars
- Kano Pillars 2-0 MFM
- Akwa United 4-0 Wikki
- Lobi 1-0 FC Ifeanyiubah
- Heartland 2-0 Kwara United
- Katsina United 2-0 Tornadoes