Matchday One may have kicked off on Friday night at the Mobolaji Johnson Arena where MFM fell 2-0 to visiting Remo Stars, the bulk of the games went down on Sunday across eight different centres with the final fixture to be played on Monday.
Headline clashes saw Akwa United host Kano Pillars, Enyimba host Abia Warriors, Shooting Stars travel to Gombe United and Rivers United travel to play Lobi Stars.
‘Sai Masu Gida’ of Kano Pillars fell like a park of cards at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium losing 3-0. The defending champions raced into the lead at the stroke of halftime, the first added minute precisely through Ezekiel Bassey assisted by Chukwude Stephen.
Kennedy Boboye’s men doubled their lead through Stephen Chukwude who turned goalscorer feeding off Ubong Friday’s assist.
The Nest of Champions saw one more goal go in favour of the hosts as Ubong Friday delivered the deathblow in the first minute of added time assisted by John Lazarus.
At the Enyimba International Stadium a ferocious Chigozie Obasi free-kick squirming past Warriors goalkeeper Okiemute Odah was what Enyimba needed to get all three points.
Finidi George’s men had through Ekene Awazie who Cushioned Phillip Ozor’s ball over the top before hitting home a soft volley but were pegged back in the 50′ through a brilliant overhead kick by Paul Samson.
At the Pantami Stadium, Gombe, league returnees 3SC held Gombe to a 0-0 draw even after ‘The Oluyole Warriors’ were reduced to 10 men after Henry Ndidi saw red after a second booking.
Heartland vs Nassarawa United produced a 6-goal thriller.
Ajibola Otegbeye had put the visitors infront having converted from 12 yards but the hosts equalized through Ikenna Stephen also from the Penalty spot. Just a minute later Ajibola Otegbeye put the visitors infront again being assisted by last season’s topscorer Silas Nwankwo.
Heartland pulled level again three minutes after restart through Chukwudi Nwaodu and took the lead for the first time in the game as Chinedu Ohanachom’s attempt from range hit the back of the net. The ‘Solid Miners’ however found their way back as Paul Odeh’s free kick was headed home by Abubakar Abdullahi.
Akwa United FC 3-0 Kano Pillars FC
Enyimba Int’l FC 2-1 Abia Warriors FC
Gombe United FC 0-0 Shooting Stars SC
Heartland FC 3-3 Nasarawa United FC
Katsina United FC 1-2 Rangers Int’l FC
Kwara United FC 3-0 Dakkada FC
Lobi Stars FC 1-1 Rivers United FC
Niger Tornadoes FC 1-0 Plateau United FC
Wikki Tourist Vs Sunshine stars has been Postponed to Monday and will go down by 4pm