Four wins, one draw mark League’s opening week


Nigerian League champions, Kano Pillars
Match Day One took off to a great feast of football in Umuahia and Jalingo where two of the newly promoted sides, Abia Warriors and FC Taraba won their opening games against traditional Premier League clubs, Kaduna United and Nasarawa United.

It was an opening day saw the much traveled Bishop Onyeudo making the big headlines at his new destination in Abia Warriors, now dubbed the 'Red Side of Abia State' when he arrived as a second half substitute and made immediate impact by netting the consolidation goal for the Ladan Bosso lads.

Captain of the side, Chima Uloaku had opened scoring in the first half with a well taken penalty after Ifeanyi Onyeali was tugged down by Kaduna United's goalkeeper, Rabiu Husaini. Abia United's new recruits, Ogbonnaya Okemiri and Chidozie Johnson were the home fans' favourites in the game that saw fans winning prizes in a raffle draw based on their entry tickets.

In Jalingo, a 12th minute strike by Bobby Abel sealed victory for the other newly promoted side that secured all three points on first try. They turned back Nasarawa United that came with last season's title winning coach, Baba Ganaru who joined from defending champions, Kano Pillars.

Sunday games produced two wins and a draw as Lobi Stars left it till late in the game to produce the winning goal that welcomed newcomers, Crown FC to the Glo Premier League on a losing note.

Stephen Ezeh's injury time strike secured the full points for the home side to go joint second on the log with FC Taraba and Akwa United.

Akwa United;s famed free-kick specialist had CHAN Eagles goalkeeper, Chigozie Agbim rooted to a spot when he converted a 31st minute penalty.

Agbim proved his mettle as the ranking domestic league goal keeper as he thwarted all goal attempts by the rampaging trio of Ubong Ekpai, Usman Sarafa and Utibe Archinbong. Patrick Ekong, the Akwa United Technical Adviser is sure to have words on selfless play with Ekpai who on two occasions displaced Agbim but failed to assist better positioned mates to increase their tally.

Kelechi Ekeh roused the stands of Dan Anyiam Stadium to celebrations with a well taken free-kick on 35 minutes to give the homeside, Heartland a lead against Dolphins.

However, their euphoria was short-lived as Ifeanyi Egwim evened scores eight minutes after to confirm Coach Stanley Eguma's pre-match prediction of 'getting some result in Owerri".

With rescheduled fixtures coming up midweek, it looks a season of treats for Glo League fans across the venues. Sunshine Stars will host Enyimba International and the Aba Elephants are expected to launch back into the search for another continental ticket following their ouster on goals aggregate by Malian side, AS Real.

In the remaining fixtures slated for Thursday, March 13, the other continental campaigners, Bayelsa United and Warri Wolves will be playing host to Sharks FC and El-Kanemi Warriors respectively.
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