The league is a marathon race, not a sprint, so the saying goes.
Well, ask any marathon runner, they'll tell you that even a long-distance race is run in stages, from the paced start to the kick-finish.
In the annual marathon, that is the Nigeria Premier League, we haven't reached the home straight and no one is dipping for the title just yet, but the stragglers have been left behind one-by-one.
The situation leaves the serious contenders running at the front and jostling for positions.
From here, it's all about gritting the teeth, matching the opponents stride for stride and putting yourself in the frame for that all-important sprint to the tape.
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