By Uchenna Iyoke

El-Kanemi Warriors leading goal scorer Samuel Mathias believes that the club’s modest success so far in the 2016/17 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) season is being driven by a strong winning mentality.

A 1-0 win on Sunday against Lobi Stars steadied their stay in the top-three and meant the Maiduguri club have continued their 100% run on home turf since returning in April last year to the city after nearly two seasons playing away from home.

Read more: Mathias says winning mentality behind El-Kanemi’s success  

Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries FC forward, Adegboyega Adekunle believes his side will be victorious in Wednesday's Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) game against Abia Warriors.

The Olukoya Boys play hosts to the Abia-based team in one of nine Matchday 16 fixtures scheduled to take place at the Agege Township Stadium which fans of MFM FC have rechristened Soccer Temple.

Read more: MFM striker Adekunle in buoyant mood ahead Abia Warriors clash  

By Anthony Ademodi

Kadiri Ikhana is a man of many record when it comes to the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL). He, it was who led Kano Pillars to a back to back win of the NPFL title and at Enyimba he became the first coach to lead a Nigerian club to win the CAF Champions League.

Ikhana is also known to have been among the few coaches who have won the NPFL with different clubs and last Sunday, he created another minor first; being the first coach to lead Kano Pillars to a defeat by Abia Warriors.

Read more: Ikhana points to carelessness for Pillars crash in Umuahia  

By Fisayo Dairo

In the last two seasons, followers of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) have had to look in the unusual sides of the log to locate seven times champions, Enyimba International. After winning the 2014/15 season, the Aba Elephants have endured struggles with other clubs around places from 8th to 15th at times and last Sunday, they climbed to seventh position on the log after a slender 1-0 victory over Rivers United.

The 2015 champions required a 63rd minute penalty by captain Mfon Udoh in their adopted home ground - UJ Esuene Stadium, Calabar – perhaps to signal their ambition to rise on the log.

One of the Peoples Elephant's key actors on the day was towering midfielder Kelly Kester who put up a superlative showing yet again as the side managed by Gbenga Ogunbote controlled the midfield areas especially through Kester's domineering influence.

Read more: Kester keen on another Enyimba title  

By Fred Edoreh

It was a nail biting game for hosts, Akwa United but Alhassan Ibrahim would net an equalizer to salvage a point and mark his sixth league goal of the season in Akwa United’s home draw against FC IfeanyiUbah. The former Wikki Tourists player would after the match insist he rather would have had the team win from another team mate’s goal than increasing his personal goals’ tally for a draw.

It is symbolic of his concern for general good than personal glory as Alhassan argued that he was still happy to have rescued the point and saved the side the embarrassment of a home defeat.

Read more: Alhassan remains unhappy after saving Akwa Utd the blushing  

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