File Picture of Akwa United gamers celebrating a league win
Defending champions of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL), Akwa United, have kicked off their title defence marketing campaign with a powerful 3-0 victory over Kano Pillars in Uyo.
Opening day motion in opposition to a good Pillars workforce was the type of check coach Kennedy Boboye hoped to make use of in assessing if his workforce can proceed the sensible present they put up final season. And, oh sure, the champions confirmed class.
The first half was a cagey affair and simply when the house followers thought there will probably be no celebration earlier than the break, Ezekiel Bassey, broke the impasse. The hosts took the lead into the break.
When motion resumed, it didn’t take lengthy earlier than Stephen Chukwude opened his purpose account for the Promise Keepers with an excellent end off Ubong Friday’s low cross.
In the 79th minute, the guests had an opportunity to tug one again however Kokoette Udoh’s strike flashed throughout the face of purpose and goes huge. That transfer reawakened the attacking prowess of the league champions. In the closing minutes of the match, Ubong Friday made an excellent run onto a protracted ball, dribbled Bassey Akpan cleverly, and completed calmly.
Good begin to the 2021/2022 NPFL season for the Promise Keepers who confirmed their intent to defend the title they gained in model final marketing campaign.
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Away Wins For Remo Stars, Rangers
MFM and Remo Stars clashed within the opening recreation of the brand new season. Photo: Remo Stars
Newly-promoted Remo Stars produced a shocking efficiency to beat MFM FC 2-0 on the Mobolaji Johnson Arena in Lagos. This is the primary league win for the Sky Blue Stars over the Olukoya Boys since 2017.
Akanni Qudus gave the guests the lead within the fifty fifth minute, and Andy Okpe with a straightforward faucet in at purpose positioned the icing on the cake. New supervisor, Gbenga Ogunbote, praised his workforce for not respecting the hosts and needs the workforce to proceed the season-opening kind within the subsequent house match in opposition to Heartland FC of Owerri.
Enugu Rangers additionally acquired their league marketing campaign to a flying begin with a 1-2 win over Katsina United. The Flying Antelopes gave new supervisor, Abdul Maikaba the type of expertise he wanted to get issues going.
Ossy Martins remains to be on hearth. He continued his spectacular league kind to attain a brace for the guests. The former Lobi Stars man opened the scoring within the thirteenth minute, Saliu Mustapha, scored to degree up for the hosts. In the 54th minute, Martins scored once more to present Rangers a significant away victory.
Shooting stars are making a return to the NPFL.
Shooting Stars of Ibadan, additionally making a return to the highest flight held one other newcomer, Gombe United to safe a significant away level on the street.
Enyimba Rules Abia Derby
Enyimba Football Club of Aba continued their dominant show within the Abia Derby with a 2-1 win over Abia Warriors.
The Peoples Elephant acquired the lead by way of Ekene Awazie’s purpose within the thirty fourth minute. Proceedings stayed that means until the second half when Paul Samson equalized for the guests. Coach Finidi George made some helpful adjustments to take management of the sport and within the 77th minute, Chigozie Obasi, scored the winner.
Meanwhile, in Owerri, it was targets galore. Visiting Nasarawa United held Heartland FC to a 3-3 draw. Some acquainted names within the goalscorers sheet embody Chinedu Ohanachom and a brace by Otegbeyi Ajibola.
In Ilorin, Dakkada FC was no match for final season’s shock package deal, Kwara United. Steven Jude’s brace and one from Junior Lokosa sealed a 3-0 win for the Harmony Boys who will probably be trying ahead to repeating their spectacular efficiency from the final marketing campaign.
In Makurdi, Lobi Stars have been held to a 1-1 draw by Rivers United, Niger Tornadoes beat Plateau United 1-0 whereas the sport between Sunshine Stars and Wikki Tourists couldn’t maintain as a result of the Elephants failed to indicate up. The League Management Company (LMC) is but to make an official assertion on the state of affairs