Nigerian League Table: Plateau Utd & Rangers in top 3

Nigerian League Table: Plateau Utd & Rangers in top 3
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The Nigerian League Table has taken on amoebic qualities, with its shape and features changing weekly, making it difficult to predict who will win at the end of the season.

The NPFL 2023/24 season is living up to the billing, throwing up exciting matches and impressive results.

Gone are the days, it seems, when particular teams had a stranglehold of the league and away wins were a rarity.

A cursory look at the Nigerian League table suggests that the 2023/24 season will be a fight to the end, with Lobi Stars, Remo Stars, Plateau United, Enugu Rangers and Enyimba looking like the likely winners this term.

Week 22 of the NPFL sees teams swap places in the top three of the Nigerian League table.

Lobi Stars sit atop the Nigerian League table

Nigerian League Table leaders Lobi Stars
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The NPFL 2023/24 season has seen Remo Stars, Lobi Stars and Doma United as the front runners, with the three teams swapping places in the Nigerian League table.

However, the last few weeks have seen Doma United lose steam and drop out of the running.

In the midweek matches, several matches were postponed for various reasons. They include Abia Warriors vs Kwara United, Rivers United vs Niger Tornadoes and Enyimba vs Gombe United.

Lobi Stars remained at the top of the Nigerian League table despite a 2-0 loss to Sunshine Stars.

The boys from Akure returned to winning ways after conceding five goals against Kano Pillars at the weekend.

Plateau United was the most in-form team in week 22. They recorded an impressive 5-1 win away to relegation-threatened Heartland of Owerri.

It now looks more likely that the Naze Millionaires will drop to the lower league.

Enugu Rangers continued their winning streak with a 1-0 win over Remo Stars.

When the two sides clashed earlier in the season in Ikenne, the Flying Antelopes scored first, but the Sky Blues hit back with two goals to win. In Enugu, the Flying Antelopes scored one goal and held on tenaciously for a 1-0 win.

In other matches, Sporting Lagos came from a goal down to beat relegation-threatened Akwa United 2-1.

Two late goals from mid-season signing Tochukwu Michael gave Sporting Lagos all three points. The Lagos side now move three points clear of Niger Tornadoes in the relegation zone.

It was a five-goal thriller in Katsina, as the Chanji Boys beat Sai Masu Gida 3-2 to continue their quest for a continental spot.

Bayelsa United continued their resurgence as they beat Doma United 2-0 at home.

Enugu Rangers are the most consistent team in February

Enugu Rangers go third on the Nigerian League table
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February has been favourable for Enugu Rangers as they continue to challenge for the NPFL.

The Flying Antelopes are third on the Nigerian League table with 37 points, two behind league leaders Lobi Stars.

They have been the most consistent team in the NPFL this year. The Coal City lads have won their last four NPFL games.

They beat Rivers United 1-0 at home and followed it up with a 1-0 win against Akwa United. The victory over the Promise Keepers was followed by their first away win this season. They beat Doma United by a lone goal.

Enugu Rangers recorded their fourth win in a row with a 1-0 victory over title rivals Remo Stars to leapfrog the Ikenne boys in the Nigerian League table.

No other team boast of this record – four wins, four goals, and none conceded. They should be the Team of the Month.

The big question is whether the Flying Antelopes have enough steam to win their eighth League title.

If they continue in this form, they will cause a massive splash in the NPFL 2023/24 season.

This article was most recently revised and updated 2 months ago

Chooka Izuegbuna is a Sports Journalist with 20 years of experience in print, TV and Radio. He has worked with some of the top media houses in Nigeria, including NTA Network, Channels TV, TVC, Silverbird TV and MITV. Chooka broke his sports reporting teeth with The Game Football Weekly in 2003 as a cartoonist and reporter.