It was a battle for different diadems as games of Glo Premier League Week 34 held across the centers and it was the games in Aba, Warri and Lafia that presented the highlights.
In Lafia and Warri, two players whose teams are not in the running for the title engaged in a battle for high scoring. Victor Namo and Oghenekaro Etebo took the fight for the highest goal scorer a notch higher as they helped their teams to comfortable wins. Etebo netted another hat trick in Warri Wolves 3-1 defeat of visiting Wikki Tourists to bring his total to 15, one behind Namo, whose brace lifted Nasarawa to a 3-0 win over Shooting Stars and out of the bottom four on the log.
For Namo, he is only four goals shy of his avowed 20 for the season with four more games to end the campaign. He could still deliver on his word.
In Aba, Enyimba struggled to break a jinx and at the same time safeguard their immaculate home run against a charged Akwa United. Before the clash, Enyimba were yet to beat Akwa United and even after Old War Horse, Emeka Nwanna headed home off Uwadiegwu Ugwu’s free kick, the Justin Tenger boys kept up the fight and Mfon Udoh had a late opportunity to increase his tally to 14 but watched his shot roll past the right side of Femi Thomas’ upright. Enyimba succeeded in protecting their clean sheet in 16 home games and breaking the Akwa bogey with a lone goal.
Christian Pyagbara hit a brace at the Sharks Stadium to turn back El-Kanemi with an additional score by Bobochu Joseph to give Sharks a 3-0 win. And in the neighboring Bayelsa State, Nembe City emerged the better in the Yenegoa derby as they piped Bayelsa United 1-0 off an Obioma Arinze flick few seconds after coming in for West Sobomagbo. The win also took the Rumson Baribote Warriors a few points off the drop zone.
Defending Champions, Kano Pillars were plucked off the third spot to fourth by Kaduna United in a forced derby at the Ranch Bees Stadium. Tijani Adamu netted for the Crocodile City team.
In other games, Rangers won 2-0 over Abubakar Bukola Saraki Babes to return the Ilorin team to 17th spot on the log. Lobi Stars secured their consecutive draw on the road as they held Kwara United 0-0 at the Ilorin Township Stadium in a match played behind closed doors. Gombe United waited till late to thump Dolphins 1-0 through a Lucky Edjebare penalty. Heartland and Sunshine Stars ended on even keel at the Dan Anyiam Stadium with neither side able to find the net.