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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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By Mohammed Yusuf Suleiman

MFM coach Fidelis Ilechukwu and his free scoring forward, Stephen Odey were in agreement in their perspectives to their 1-0 slump to Gombe United on Sunday in a Matchday 15 fixture, blaming the defeat on harsh weather.

Ilechukwu who is fast establishing iconic personae in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) as an expressive coach with his weird finger gestures and goal celebrations suggested that their loss was caused by loss of concentration from his defenders and compounded by unfriendly weather.

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By Kanayo Jubal

After conceding that Nasarawa United were better on the evening, Shooting Stars coach, Fatai Amoo praised the Solid Miners and predicted they can achieve good results this season.

It was one of the 10 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) Matchday 15 fixtures played at the Lafia Township Stadium and it a late strike from Thomas Zenke that stopped the Ibadan side from perhaps starting a new string of drawn games after they broke a seven match streak with a win last match against Rangers International.

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By Rabark Bakare

Remo Stars claimed their first win on the trot under the watch of Coach Fatai Osho in a Matchday 15 fixture against Wikki Tourists with Victor Mbaoma returning from his brief injury spell to score the second of their 2-1 win and his 7th league goal of the season.

It was a win Osho believes would be a turning point for the club that have travelled poorly and dropped points at home. He attributed their win to hardwork and a will to win on the part of the players he insisted would make the turn-around soon.

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By Clement Nwankpa

A Katsina United versus Rangers game was always going to revolve around the two coaches, Baldwin Bazuaye and Imama Amapakabor.

A friendship that dates back to 1985 when both players were members of the victorious Nigerian U17 national team , the first African team to win a FIFA tournament.

Their coaching careers have almost taken the same route. Most importantly, they are both of the high pressing, offensive school of football.

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By Fisayo Dairo

Captain Mfon Udoh converted a spot kick just after the hour mark as former champions Enyimba edged out CAF Confederation Cup hopefuls Rivers United by a lone goal at the UJ Esuene Stadium in Calabar on Sunday.

Udoh's goal settled what was a combative Matchday 15 encounter in the Nigeria Professional Football League and extended Enyimba's unbeaten sequence to four games including two wins and two draws.

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