The Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) 2019 season entered Matchday 5 in the weekend with twenty teams involved in the action.
The games saw two away victories and three draws while champions, Lobi Stars recorded the highest victory.
In Enugu, Rangers International picked their first three points of the season at the Cathedral in Enugu against Enyimba in the Oriental derby.
The Flying Antelopes who will be playing in this year’s CAF Confederation Cup lost 1-0 to MFM FC in their first game at the Agege Stadium on Matchday 4 responded positively in front of their supporters as Ajani Ibrahim’s 40th-minute goal gave them bragging rights over their arch-rival, Enyimba.
Ibrahim Ajani would have scored two goals against Enyimba. But this second goal was disallowed for offside pic.twitter.com/6kj3Sl8zpg
— Emeka Nwani (@mekus102) January 29, 2019
Lobi Stars showed proved their mettle as champions with a 3-0 victory against visiting Kwara United in Markurdi. A Michael Stephen’s goal in the 10th minute and a brace from Yaya Kone in the 29th and 34th minute was enough to record their first league victory in two games.
An own goal by Austin Opara was what Rivers United needed to get all three points against visiting MFM FC at the Yakubu Gowon Stadium in Port Harcourt.
In Kaduna, FC Ifeanyi Ubah continued their impressive form this season as they picked the maximum three points on the road against newly promoted Kada Stars courtesy of a 62nd-minute strike from Chibuike Eze.
Sunshine Stars also snatched the points away from their hosts, Wikki Tourists in Bauchi with Chibundu Ameh scoring the lone goal in the 80th minute.
Newly promoted Remo Stars defeated visiting Katsina United by 2-0. Victor Mbaoma and Kingsley Akemini scored both goals in the 3rd and 78th minute respectively.
Bendel Insurance is yet to get their first league victory since their promotion as they played a goalless draw with Niger Tornadoes in Minna.
2019 NPFL MATCHDAY 5 RESULTS
Wikki 0-1 Sunshine Stars
Rivers Utd 1-0 MFM
Rangers 1-0 Enyimba
Lobi 3-0 Kwara United
Remo Stars 2-0 Katsina United
Tornadoes 0-0 Insurance
Yobe Stars 1-0 Heartland
Plateau United 0-0 Kano Pillars
Kada Stars 0-1 FCIU
Abia Warriors 0-0 Gombe Utd