If what we saw in NPFL match day 1 is anything to go by, then we are in for a thrill and before you know it NPFL will replace the English Premier League in Nigeria.
The match day 1 recorded the highest number of away wins like we have never seen in a long while in the league. www.sportsration.com gives updates on all the matches played match and stats.
It was a great start to life in the top division for newcomers Mountain of Fire Ministries (MFM) FC at the Aper Aku Stadium, Makurdi, as they humbled CAF Confederation Cup campaigners, Nasarawa United, 1-2 to take all three points in their first-ever match in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL).
Plateau United started their Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) season on a bright note, edging Niger Tornadoes 2-1 on Saturday at the Rwang Pam Stadium in Jos.
The Jos-based team broke the deadlock in the 17th minute of the encounter through Charles Okafor’s header courtesy Bala’s corner kick. In the 60th minute, Niger Tornadoes failed to convert a glorious chance as Kunle Issa blasted the ball wide. Four minutes later, Issa made amends when he blasted the ball past the Plateau United goalkeeper, Innocent Ndem, to make it 1-1.
Plateau United finally restored their one-goal lead when Bala’s corner kick was tapped in by Ibeh Johnson after a goalmouth scramble.
Johnson’s goal just three minutes before full time was enough for Plateau United to take the three points.
The Naze Millionaires were battled to a stalemate by visiting Warri Wolves in front of an appreciable crowd at the Dan Anyiam Stadium, Owerri.
Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) champions, Enyimba, began the defence of their title on a disappointing note, losing by a lone goal away to Rivers United of Port Harcourt at the Yakubu Gowon Stadium on Sunday.
Frederick Obomate got the only goal of the pulsating encounter in the 65th minute, through a free kick, in a game characterized with brilliant saves at both ends.
Kano Pillars came from a goal down to beat Enugu Rangers in Kano. Rangers took the lead in 50th minutes when Madu nodded in a delightful cross, in 78′ minutes Gambo Mohammed side-foots past Rangers keeper for equalizer and in 93rd minutes Prince Aggreh scored the winner in Kano.
At Akure township stadium Sunshine Stars were held to a 1-1 draw by Akwa United. Okiki Afolabi gave the hosts the lead in the 12th minutes but Friday Ubong equalized for Akwa United.
In the 65th minutes Igudia got his second yellow for a bookable offence and was sent off but 10-man Akwa stood their ground to earn a point away from home.
Kingsley Eduwo 15 minutes strike was all Lobi Stars needed to get all the 3 points in Ibadan as they beat Shooting in front of their fans.
Ikorodu Utd were held at home by Abia Warriors. Ndifreke Effiong puts Abia Warriors ahead at the Onikan Stadium but just when the second have began Agbane puts the NPFL new boys on level terms.
El-Kanemi lose to Wikki Tourists at home.
Match Day 1 stats: a total of 17 goals were scored, with an average of (1.7 goal per game), 4 away wins were recorded, 3 draws, 3 home wins.