Remo Stars of Ikene was the only team that managed to picked a vital away victory, on Thursday,after four more fixtures, of the revatalised Nigeria Premier Football League (NPFL) were decided, at venues across the country.
Remo Stars achieved the feat of a road win, while edging Gombe United 1-0 at the Pantami Stadium, in Gombe, thanks to late goal scored by Andy Ope, which silenced fans of the home team, except the pocket of individuals, who were sympathetic to the visitor.
The shockwave that enveloped the entire stadium, was palpable and it would been possible to hear the sound of a pin that dropped to the ground, as the ball sailed into the net of Gombe United, off the booth of Ope, who is gradually living up to his reputation as the team’s talismanic striker.
While the likes of Rangers International, Wikki Tourist, Shooting Stars of Ibadan, promoted Doma FC, Kwara United, Gombe United Nasarawa United, Akwa United are still looking for their first 3 points of the season, Remo Stars did so, They joined Abia Warriors, who on Wednesday were the first side to make it two wins, in as many games, when thrashing Bayelsa United 3-1; and Niger Tornadoes of Minna who defeated Doma FC 1-0.One of the questions on the lips of many followers of the NPFLis, “what a season, do we have in our hands?
The experts believe it is still ravelling, but the talking points renting the media space, and amongst fans has been very encouraging, and good music to the ears of the Interim Management Committee, Nigeria Football Federation, and the media.
Top sides like 2021 Champions Akwa United of Uyo, 2021 Aiteo Federation Cup finalists, Nasarawa United of Lafia are yet to pick their first maximum points of the campaign.
The standout game of the day however happened in Benin, where Bendel Insurance needed something special in second half added time, to down the reigning Vice- Champions, Plateau United 2-1, to send fans at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium into ecstacy and a frenzy of wild jubilation.
The Edo Arsenal opened the scoring midway through the second half, in a match that saw both sides and their coaches giving their utmost best.
But when all thought it was settled a penalty for hand ball was converted to make it 1-1, at the stoke of 90 minutes. Insurance then had to dig deeper and got the winner in the 93rd minute of the highly .