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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