234football NPFL TEAM OF THE WEEK: Pillars, Rangers dominate, George, Omoyele, Olawoyin lead frontline
Match-day 23 produced just one away win, which came in Bauchi, where Enyimba extended Wikki Tourists’ losing streak to four matches by beating the Giant Elephants 2-1 through goals from Reuben Bala and Tosin Omoyele. Consequently, Fatai Osho picks up 234football.com.ng’s manager of the week slot.
A host of stars dazzled and here are they in our 3-4-3 formation for the team of match-day 23.
Goalkeeper: Surajo Ayeleso (Kano Pillars)
When Kano Pillars faced Nasarawa United on Wednesday, Surajo Ayeleso was fantastic as his string of saves ensured Pillars escaped with a clean sheet — a 1-0 scoreline enough to take them to the top of the log.
Tope Olusesi (Enugu Rangers)
The experienced full-back provided two assists as Rangers saw off Jigawa Golden Stars 3-0 in Enugu.
Ndasi Denis (Kano Pillars)
The central defender was composed, perfect with tackles and solid in the Pillars win.
Ikefe Andrew (Plateau United)
The ex-Katsina United defender decently coordinated Plateau United’s backline in their vital away 0-0 draw against Heartland in Owerri.
Joshua Onoja (Rivers United)
Onoja’s goal in Rivers United’s 1-1 draw at Kwara United would later be cancelled out but it was enough to help the Pride of Rivers return to Portharcourt with something in the bag.
Christian Nnaji (Enugu Rangers)
Nnaji was ever-present in Rangers’ transition. He capped off a fine evening with a goal as Salisu Yusuf’s side dispatched Jigawa Golden Stars 3-0.
Auwalu Ali Mallam (Kano Pillars)
Ibrahim Musa’s Pillars have Mallam to thank for his brilliant strike against Nasarawa United, a team that has been outstanding all-season long. The goal sealed the win for Pillars.
Ibrahim Olawoyin (Enugu Rangers)
The wing wizard again proved his mettle with a goal in the 3-0 win over Jigawa Golden Stars. Not just that, he was a constant threat to the defense of the Giant Killers.
Tosin Omoyele (Enyimba FC)
The Enyimba forward had a great game as Enyimba pipped Wikki Tourists 2-1 in Bauchi. A goal and an assist for Reuben Bala’s goal gives him a slot in our team of match-day 23.
Isaac George (Dakkada FC)
A sublime free-kick and a gorgeous penalty by the diminutive winger got Dakkada back to winning ways as they saw off Ifeanyi Ubah 2-1 in Uyo. His brace took his tally for the season to five goals.