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Lobi Stars go atop as Remo Stars treat fans to goal feast in Ikenne



The unpredictability of the current Nigeria Premier League continues as leadership changes after every match day. In fact a live table on matches days has been fluctuating illustrating the keenness in the power struggle.

As curtain falls on Matchday 8, Lobi Stars climbed over initial leaders, Enugu Rangers, Shooting Stars and Remo Stars to have a fragile stay atop.

Lobi Stars owe the delicate at the top to a 1-0 win over visiting Sporting Lagos. All thanks to the 29th minute goal by  Sunday Chukwu.

In added time of their encounter with Kwara United in Ilorin, Shooting Stars conceded a goal that stalemated scores at 1-1 and tumbled from the second position on the log to number 4.

It was in similar fashion that previous table-toppers, Enugu Rangers navigated their way again into contention when an added time goal by  Jonas Emmanuel gave them a valuable point after a 2-2 draw with Sunshine Stars in Akure.


Rangers went ahead after just four minutes when Godwin Obaje shocked the hosts, Sunshine Stars who fought back and levelled up in the 13th minute through Ibrahim Yusuf.

It appeared Sunshine Stars were going for a memorable win when Moses Onome Omoduemuke put them ahead in the 76th minute before Rangers late fight-back.

While goals were scanty everywhere else, it was almost a goal-rain in Ikenne where Remo Stars pummelled visiting Gombe United 4-0.

Top scorer contender, Sikiru Alimi was on fire, scoring two goals in the 27th minute and again seven minutes to regulation time. His two goals were complemented with others from Franck Mawuena and Okon Aniekeme.

With a match outstanding, Remo Stars have 15 points and are second on the log. In Kano,  Abba Adam broke the stiff resistance of Enyimba in the 71st minute as Kaon Pillars won 1-0.


Katsina United moved up the ladder to the 11th position after a 1-0 defeat of Rivers United. Great thanks to the 47th minute goal by Saleh Mansour.



  • Kano Pillars 1-0  Enyimba
  • Kastina Utd 1-0  Rivers Utd
  • Kwara Utd 1-1 Shooting Stars
  • Lobi Stars 1-0 Sporting Lagos
  • Niger Tornadoes 0-0  Bendel
  • Plateau Utd 3-1 Abia Warrior
  • Remo Stars 4-0  Gombe Utd
  • Sunshine Stars 2-2 Rangers

Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.