Michael Ibe's goal for 10-man Akwa United sealed a 1-0 away victory against Yobe Desert Stars on a weekend in which league leaders Lobi Stars lost.
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Lobi Stars moved five points clear at the top of the NPFL table on Sunday thanks to a 1-0 home win against Sunshine Stars.
Enyimba denied Kano Pillars top spot in the Nigeria Professional Football League following a 1-1 draw.
Title favourites Akwa United, Plateau United and Kano Pillars maintained their early season lead by scoring a combined 11 goals in a frantic match-day
Plateau United failed to capitalise on MFM's slip up, while Enugu Rangers made it three wins on the trot.
Plateau United and MFM maintained their fight for Nigerian Professional Football League honours on Sunday, but Akwa United lost further ground.
Plateau United maintained their five-point lead at the top of the standings, while Akwa United kept the pressure on the league leaders.