It was another exciting weekend of matches in the NPFL. Once again we were served with surprises and a few eye brows were raised through the results. Here are four take Aways from the weekend.
Home win syndrome gradually becoming a myth.
This round of fixtures produced two away wins and two away draws however, it was not just the results that raised eye brows but the venues in which the results were obtained.
The away wins were recorded at Kano and Enugu, two hallowed grounds in Nigeria football. Venues were fans and followers of the league believe that it’s a given that the home teams will win.
MFM FC in all fairness deserved the 0-1 win over Giants Rangers who looked a shadow of themselves. This is actually MFM’s 2nd away wins of the season after the opening day win against another giant Heartland FC.
Not many teams can boast of getting a result at the Sani Abacha Stadium not to talk if a win but then Pillars are still without a win this season and both games played so far at home have ended in a draw suggesting that the syndrome of ‘home always won’t is gradually becoming a myth.
So far this season we have recorded five away wins and eleven draws. That has to be so sought of record to the start of the season in the NPFL. If you ask me, we are in for more of these results before the season ends.
Fans behavior at its premium best
Another point to take from those weekend is the return of the fans to the stadiums especially at venues where attendance was not high. More so the behavior of the fans so far has been nothing short of exemplary.
Fans at Enugu were seen applauding MFM FC players severally during Sunday’s match and also at the end of the match. A gesture worth commending.
At Jos, the fan experience was definitely the best of the season so far. The fans came out in their numbers and kept supporting their team Plateau United who conceded and early goal to Wikki Tourists. Fans were heard singing club songs and played a great role as their team came from behind to win 2-1, above all maintaining their 100% record in this season’s NPFL.
Genuine Effort by teams to play positive football
Teams were seen trying to create chances, seen getting behind the ball and putting passes together. This has indeed been the trend of the season. I would attribute this to the long preseason. The teams have cohesion amount themselves as they have played so many matches among themselves.
As a fan of the league, I can only say long may this development be.
Officiating At It’s Premium Best
This weekend was simply flawless in terms of officiating. No red card, few yellow cards and an deliberate intention of allowing the game to flow by the referees.
This has also been the trend since the start of the season and one can understand that the Nigeria Referees Association NRA meant every word of it’s preseason memo which it promised a season to remember in terms of officiating.
If this should continue, it’s only a matter of time before Nigerians officials begin to officiate high profile Continental and World matches.
After this weekend’s action packed matches one can only anctipate MATCHDAY four.