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NPFL players chalk in 379 goals in first stanza of 2023/2024 season

Posted : 23 January 2024

As the Nigeria Premier Football League (NPFL) reached the mid-season with fixtures held over the weekend of January 20-21 and a total of 379 goals scored in 185 games, averaging two goals and a fraction per match.

According to statistics from the NPFL Competitions Department, there were a total of 139 wins recorded over the period, with five outstanding matches yet to be played.

The statistics also show that Remo Stars' Sikiru Alimi is the most prolific scorer at the halfway mark of the season with 11 goals, but it didn't indicate how many matches he played out of the 19 his club was involved in.

Ten away victories were recorded, and 46 draws saw 271 goals scored by home sides and 108 by clubs on the road.

Out of a total of 47 penalties awarded, 37 were scored, with ten not converted. Of the 379 goals, own goals accounted for nine, and there were 3 Hat-tricks in the first half of the season.

Referees sought to maintain discipline and fair play by issuing a total of 724 cautions and expelling 23 players from matches for various breaches of the rules.

Lobi Stars of Makurdi ended the first stanza of the season at the top of the log with 36 points, scoring 22 goals and conceding 15 to earn a goal surplus of 7.

However, it was Remo Stars that ended up more prolific at scoring, netting 27 goals while Rivers United, though with three outstanding matches, boasted the strongest defense, letting in just 10 goals. Their riverine neighbors, Bayelsa United, topped the list for the most goals conceded with 32 shipped in.



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