Author: Felix Egbomuche

For the first time since match-week 20 and only the third time this season, there’s uniformity in the NPFL table. Every team has played 32 matches with 6 more games left of the league season. Teams have had to pause their season for Rivers United to catch up after exiting the continent. There was also the small matter of the President’s Federation Cup in that period. But with everyone now on the same number of games played and action set to resume, this seems like the perfect timing to analyze the journey so far and the run-in. Who are the…

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When a situation happens once, you could pass it off as a happenstance. When it happens a second time, you can call it a coincidence, but anything after that becomes a habit that needs addressing. And that is what this article is about – calling out Monday Odigie and letting him know that the media are not the cause of his frustrations and do not deserve to be treated like a piece of trash as he always does. By now you might have seen the embarrassing post-match reaction of the Bendel Insurance coach after his side drew with Enyimba in…

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This season, Enugu Rangers have been one of the biggest winners off the pitch but their on-field performances aren’t reflecting their progress off it. The new board at the historic side have made huge strides in repairing the worn-out image of the club. A revamped camp base and club secretariat. Multiple brand deals and partnerships signed. And very importantly, a new approach to how they project the club in the media. All of these are vital steps in the journey to getting the club back to its glory days. However, all of these good works will be nothing if the…

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The 2023/2024 NPFL season has been a delightful one so far. We’ve witnessed the rise of new stars and the revival of some OGs. There’s also been subpar showings from some you’ll expect better from. All in all it’s been a rollercoaster season, with teams taking turns at the top and bottom of the log. Here are some of the things we’ve picked up as the season has gone by. Doma United, The Surprise That Keeps On Giving When we did our season preview and asked some journalists who cover the league to predict the teams that were going to…

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After six weeks that produced only one away win in the NPFL this season, match week 7 produced two wins for visiting sides. Heartland continued their poor run, while Lobi and Rangers got statement wins. Here’s a review of the biggest talking point from the week. Home Comfort On ‘Away Day’ For Doma Not many would have thought the first-ever ‘jewel derby’ would end the way it did. After a barren first half in probably the noisiest atmosphere in the NPFL this season, three second-half goals for Doma United ensured they got the bragging rights over their city rival, Gombe…

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And we go again for another set of games in the NPFL! Some interesting match-ups that include an intra-city derby and another one in the eastern part of the country. Here’s our preview of match week seven of the Nigeria Premier Football League. First State Derby Of The Season Another match week, another NPFL derby! This time, it’s the Savannah Derby or as they call it in Gombe, the Jewel Derby. City rivals, Gombe United and Doma United will face off in what will be a historical first meeting in the Nigerian top flight. For the longest time, Gombe United…

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Match week 5 of the NPFL saw the return of goals and some top names on the scoresheet. A total of 23 goals were scored across 9 centres with the top two from last season getting the week off after Enyimba’s AFL exertion. Here’s the review of the biggest talking points from the week. New Look Rangers Win Big To Go Top After earning an impressive draw in Ilorin, it was only right that Enugu Rangers consolidated on it with a win at home in their next game, and that was what they did! The Flying Antelopes are in a…

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Five weeks into the NPFL season and we still don’t know what direction some teams are going. Ultimatums have been given to some coaches as some teams look to establish dominance, here’s your guide to match day 5 of the Nigeria Premier Football League 2023/2024 season. Akwa Seek First Win Against Home-dominant Insurance After suffering their first defeat at an away ground since their return to the top flight, Bendel Insurance will be eyeing a return to winning ways when they host Akwa United on Saturday. The Benin Arsenal lost 1-0 to Gombe United last week, putting a stop…

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It was only twenty minutes into the game when I concluded that the southwest derby was the best game I had seen from a tactical point of view in the NPFL this season. Okay, I have only seen two games live and a couple via streams and that’s probably a small sample size to reach that conclusion, but still, I persist. When the fixture list for the season was released, this game was the first one I marked out. It wasn’t for the reason(social media buzz/rivalry) many other people did though. For me, this was a standout fixture principally because…

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Except for the lack of goals, match week four of the NPFL briefing delivered. From the Southwest derby to the clash of former champions, fans across the country were thrilled by the stars. Bendel Insurance and Sporting had their unbeaten streak ended while Doma United got a rest with Enyimba making their debut in the AFL. Here’s our review of the biggest talking points from the game week. Where Have The Goals Gone? Between profligacy and some solid defending, the goals have dried up in the NPFL. From 23 that were scored in the opening weekend, we are down to…

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