Abuja - After a weekend that saw the top three record positive results in the race for the title, News24 selects the best XI from round 23.
Emeka Nwabulo [Wikki Tourists]
Kept Wikki Tourists in the game with several superb saves including a couple of strong efforts from Ismaila Gata, Adeshina Gata, Olufemi Oladapo and Dare Ojo. He was reliable in goal.
Emmanuel Makama [Nasarawa United]
Dependable down the right and made several forays up field to worry Heartland. An ultra-solid performance and kept the visitors' left flank at bay for the majority of the game. Concrete.
Emenike Onuoha [Wikki Tourists]
Was arguably the best defender and always ready to put his foot in. Limiting the potency of Eugene Ossy and the rest of the Kwara United attacking force, he was always there at the right time to make the right clearance in the right place.
Azubuike Egwuekwe [Warri Wolves]
Like an Nigerian graduate expecting a well-paid first job it was impossible for Dolphins to get much past Azubuike. The big centre-back ruled his territory and never allowed any real danger to get beyond him. His match winning header was superb.
Bala Zakka [Kano Pillars]
Not afraid to show himself and caused problems with his pace down the left. Provided the cross for the opener. It was a thoroughly deserved selection for his all-round performance.
Isaac Emeka [FC Ifeanyi Uba]
Gets better and better with each match as he wasn't overshadowed despite coming up against the talented Rangers midfield. Vital, aware and deserved all he and his team got.
Rabiu Ali [Kano Pillars]
Made several crucial tackles when operating in the midfield and an integral element of the team with his interceptions, blocked shots and clearances. He didn't forget his playmaking role and was rewarded with a superb goal.
Augustine Oladapo [FC Ifeanyi Uba]
One of the silent killers in the ambitious side. The super-sub paid back the faith shown in him by Daniel de Bull Amokachi with a game change performance against Rangers. Completely ran rings round the Flying Antelopes and produced the equalizer from a brilliant overhead kick.
Anthony Okpotu [Lobi Stars]
A fabulous game for the all-action striker who saved his team with two well taken strikes. Perhaps if the Pride of Benue will want to survive the drop that kind of performance exhibited by Okpotu against FC Taraba will be needed.
Aniekpeno Udoh [Akwa United]
Pushing and probing throughout and rewarded with an impressive brace the mobile forward showed his real talent. Led the line perfectly.
Prince Aggrey [Sunshine Stars]
A top performance with three superb goals and he tested Olorunleke Ojo several times, before curling the ball home from the edge of the box, scoring the second goal with sublime touch past Ojo and delivering the treble at injury time. Impressive.