Adamawa Utd 1️⃣➖1️⃣ Kano Pillars
14′ Rabiu Ali (KAN)
76’⚽ Isa Garba (Adamawa)
Isa Garba of Adamawa United in the 76th cancelled the Rabiu Ali opener to share the spoils with the visitors.
Kano Pillars will be playing host to Katsina United in their next league game while Adamawa United will travel to Akure to face Sunshine Stars.
Nasarawa Utd 2️⃣➖1️⃣ Wikki Tourist
5’⚽ Promise Damala (WIK)
7’⚽ Reuben Nicodemus (NAS)
52’⚽ Reuben Nicodemus (NAS)
Coach Bala Nkiyu led side came from behind to lord the game with Reuben Nicodemus grabbing a brace in the 7th and 52nd minutes to cancel the visitor’s earlier secured lead from Promise Damala in the 5th minutes of the game.
The Lafia fans were treated to a gratifying start into the season even as the game was played behind the doors.
Plateau Utd 0️⃣➖2️⃣ Kwara Utd
62’⚽ Jide Fatokun
69’⚽ Michael Ohanu
Kwara United were the biggest winner of the day as they defeated Plateau United away from home 2 goals to nothing.
Jide Fatokun and Micheal Ohanu recorded their goals in 62nd and 69th minutes of the game to secure an impressive start for the Harmony boys while compounding the woes of the home team who had recently lost out in CAF Champions league.
The Coach Abdullahi Biffo led side will be involving in another cracker with Enyimba FC in their second game of the season as they currently lead the log.
Jigawa GS 1️⃣➖0️⃣ Sunshine Stars
76’⚽ Onukwube S. Stone
One could assumed that Sunshine Stars FC of Akure with the defeat to Jigawa Golden Stars paid the price of their haphazard preparation.
Reports has it that Coach Ogunbote side had faced a lot of challenges into the season with issues ranging from players allowances and officials. The situation has beclouded their readiness for the new season and perhaps their host had seen the handwriting on the wall.
FC IfeanyiUbah 1️➖0 Lobi Stars
48’⚽ Nnoso Nzediegwu
Lobi Stars FC fell in Nnewi as they couldn’t muster a response to Nnoso Nnzediegwu strike in the 48th.
Lobi Stars will host MFM FC in the next game at Aper Aku Stadium in Makurdi.
MGM 2️⃣➖1️⃣ Wolves
7’⚽ Ebenezer Odeyemi (MFM)
23’⚽ Muyiwa Balogun (MFM)
27’⚽ John paul Chinedu (WAR)
Ebenezer Odeyemi opened the scoreline for MFM FC with his strike in the 7th minutes of the game. He would later inspire the team to their first win of the season at home as they defeated their visitors, Warri Wolves 2 goals to 1.
Other matches that couldn’t held due to logistics issues have now been billed to hold during the week.
While Katsina United will be slugging it out with Heartland FC tomorrow, Monday 28th of December, a local derby will also be taking centre stage between Akwa United and Dakkada FC in Uyo with game.
And as Enyimba and Abia Warriors match now fixed for Tuesday 29th, Rivers United and Rangers International will end the match day 1 of the new NPFL season with their encounter billed for Wednesday, 30th of December.
Now that the Covid-19 pandemic has occassioned a closed door encounter across all match venues, NPFL enthusiasts will have the opportunity to savour the new season as matches involving Akwa United vs Dakkada FC and Enyimba vs Abia Warriors will be enjoying a live coverage from Nigeria Televison Authority (NTA) and NPFLTv.