NPFL Week 1 Recap: Aggreh Rescues Pillars, Enyimba Stunned As MFM Win Away

Kano Pillars celebrate
A second half free kick goal by Frederick Obomate was all Rivers United needed to shoot down champions, Enyimba at the Yakubu Gowon Stadium in Port Harcourt on Sunday.

Stocky midfielder Obomate conjured a magical free kick in the 65th minute beyond goalkeeper Femi Thomas for what will prove the match winner.

This loss has extended the losing streak of ‘The People’s Elephant’ after they lost a CAF Champions League tie at Uganda’s SC Vipers and they fell to cup holders Akwa United in the season-opening Charity Shield in midweek.

Rivers United, formerly Dolphins, barely survived relegation last season.

Pillars Show Character To Beat Rangers

Wasteful Kano Pillars came from a goal down to beat an impressive Enugu Rangers 2-1 in an opening day match of the Nigeria premier league on Sunday at the Sani Abacha Stadium in Kano

New signing Chiemaka Madu gave Rangers an unlikely lead when he headed home off a superb cross from the right by Osas Okoro in the 50th minute.

The Flying Antelopes looked to be coasting home to an important win before big forward, Gambo Mohammed, got the equalising goal 12 minutes from time.

The skipper restored parity in the 78th minute, when he coolly slotted home from inside the box after the persistence of substitute Adamu Hassan.

In stoppage time, Prince Aggreh crowned his Pillars debut with the match winner when he cut in from the left before he let fly and send the capacity crowd into wild jubilation.

Newman Delight For New Boys

Newly promoted MFM FC got off to a winning start in the Nigeria premier league after they defeated home team Nasarawa United 2-1 on Sunday.

Former Sunshine Stars striker Musa Newman shot MFM in front after 18 minutes. The visitors doubled their lead on 33 minutes through Chukwuka Emmanuel.

Ifeanyi Nweke pulled a goal back for Nasarawa in the 75th minute, but the home team could not muster enough to at least get a share of the spoils on the day.

Eduwo haunts Old Club 3SC

Kingsley Eduwo scored the goal that gave visiting Lobi Stars victory over his former club Shooting Stars on Sunday. Eduwo, who played for Shooting Stars two seasons ago, smashed what proved the match winner after 15 minutes of action in Ibadan.

Ikorodu Share Spoils In Lagos

At the Onikan Stadium, Lagos Ikorodu United were totally outplayed by Abia Warriors, but the league new boys fought hard to pick a point from the game.

Abia warriors went ahead through Ndifreke Effiong in the first half, but Kennedy Boboye’s men were pegged back five minutes after the break through Agbane.

Other Results

In Akure, Sunshine were forced to a 1-1 draw by Akwa United. Afolabi Okiki gave hosts Sunshine the lead after 12 minutes, before Friday Ubong drew Akwa level in the 24th minute. Akwa were reduced to 10 men after Godpower Igudia was sent off after a second booking in the second half.

The team from Uyo had to defend with their lives in the closing minutes as Sunshine chased a winning goal.

FC Giwa fell 1-0 in Jos to visiting FC IfeanyiUbah, Wikki stopped El Kanemi 1-0 in Katsina and Warri Wolves played out a 0-0 draw at Heartland.

In Owerri, Heartland and Warri Wolves played out a goalless draw. The home side dominated proceedings, but were repelled by their determined visitors who were keen not to go back to their base empty handed.

Only 3 Home wins, 4 Away wins. & 3 draws. Exciting start for a potentially great season ahead!!

Sunday’s Results at a Glance

Sunshine Stars 1-1 Akwa Utd
Giwa FC 0-1 FC Ifeanyi Ubah
El-Kanemi 0-1 Wikki Tourists
Nasarawa Utd 1-2 MFM
Ikorodu Utd 1-1 Abia Warriors
Rivers United 1-0 Enyimba FC
Heartland 0-0 Warri Wolves
Shooting Stars 0-1 Lobi
Pillars 2-1 Rangers

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