Enyimba Football of Aba are back to the top of the Globacom Premier league table after match day nine of the 2009/2010 season.
The Peopleâ€™s Elephant, as the Aba giants are called, crushed premier league returnees, Ranch Bees of Kaduna by an emphatic 4-0 margin at the Enyimba International Stadium, Aba, on Sunday.
The victory took the two time African champions to the pinnacle of the league table with a point haul of 17 and a plus seven goal aggregate. Most importantly, Enyimba remains the only team yet to lose a game this season.
Slipping to the second position on the log are rampaging Kwara United who pulled a precious 1-1 away draw against Ocean Boys of Yenegoa.
With 16 points from nine matches, United who have shown hunger for greatness in the current campaign after a long while in the lower division, still look serious contenders for the title.
In other results, 3SC of Ibadan were held to a goalless draw by visiting Rangers International of Enugu while Gateway of Abeokuta and Warri Wolves ended their tie 2-2 at the M.K.O. Abiola international stadium, Abeokuta.
Sixth-placed Lobi Stars of Makurdi were also held to a 1-1 draw by Zamfara United at the Aper Aku stadium Makurdi while Wikki Tourists punished Gombe United 2-0.
Red card drama!
The thrills in the Globacom Premier League have not been limited to coaches and players alone. To have a share of recent controversies surrounding football officiating, Nigerian referees are warming up with some novel ideas. A lot of it was exhibited in Ibadan when 3SC hosted Rangers International of Enugu.
At the centre was referee Benjamin Nnaji from Cross River State. The man who, we were told is fund of playing cards with his kids was soon to expose that hidden talent of his when in a fit of excitement, began to flash his collection of cards at random.
Rangers defender, Monday Osagie was the fortunate recipient of the refereeâ€™s card. Osagie was given a rude shock when the referee flashed a red card before him, giving him the marching order without a previous caution. For what offence?
He was allegedly delaying the game! That would have been it if the referee stuck to his guns. After the intervention and appeal by some Rangers officials that the player had not been cautioned prior to the red card, the referee then realised he must have done that out of error, he forgave him, withdrew the red card and the player resumed play.
But 3SC captain, Sakiru Lawal was not as fortunate as he got the red card from Nnaji. There was no pardon and he was sent out.
Spokesman for the Ibadan club, Jubril Arowolo said after the encounter that Lawalâ€™s red card was in order as the player had earlier been cautioned.
The Globacom Premier League which enters week 10 tomorrow recorded some spectacular results last weekend. It was particularly exciting as visiting teams recorded six away draws and four victories for the home teams. However, unlike some weeks past, no team recorded an away victory.
The number of goals scored was also commendable. Twenty goals from ten matches, an average of two per match is not a bad index for a season that is just nine weeks old. Of this number, home teams scored 14 goals while six were scored by the visiting teams.