|MFM FC coach, Fidelis Ilechukwu|
team, MFM were the biggest winners on the opening day of the 2016/17
Nigeria Professional League season as they recorded a resounding 3-0
win over a hapless Niger Tornadoes.
Olatunbosun, Stephen Odey and Adegboyega Adekunle all scored within a
frenetic six first half minutes to ensured that the Lagos side came
out with an emphatic win.
second half expectedly was a mere formality as neither side was able
to find the back of the net.
victory makes the Olukoya Boys early league leaders, as no team could
match their 3-0 victory; while Odey means the MFM star has score in
all three meetings against Tornadoes in the NPFL.
Enugu, it was a rather disappointing start to a title defence as
champions Rangers were beaten 2-1 by Abia Warriors in front of
their home fans.
NPFL champions rolled out an almost familiar starting lineup, with
Fortune Omoniwari leading the line as the only new face in the first
was the former Heartland and Akwa United star that opened the goal
gate when he scored early in the first half.
celebration was however short-lived as Emeka Isaac’s strike from 25
yards was deflected in to see both sides go into the break on level
second half saw new signing, Daniel Etor, come on for Omoniwari, but
much did not change for Rangers as Warriors continually grew into the
visitors’ progress in the game was rewarded late on when the centre
referee pointed to the spot after Chibuzor Madu handled in the area.
Zakin made no mistake from the resultant penalty as he sent Nana
Bonsu the wrong way to hand Warriors their first ever victory over
the Yakubu Gowon stadium, Goals from Guy Kuimien and Emeka Ogbugh at
the edges of both halves helped last season’s runner-ups, Rivers
to a 2-1 win over El Kanemi Warriors.
always appeared favourites in the game, following their impressive
home record last season (W16, D2) and would have gone ahead in the
opening minutes but Guy Kuemian headed wide from five yards.
Ovoke also missed as the Port Harcourt fans were kept waiting for an
Kuemian made amends and calmed frayed nerves when he turned in Lukman
Mohammed’s strike to give the hosts the lead going into the
pulled a fine save from El-Kamemi’s George Michael early in the
second half, while Kuemian and newboy, Esosa Igbinoba came close; but
it was Emeka Ogbugh who double the lead with a decent finish with one
U20 star, Bello Kofarmata pulled one back for El Kanemi, but it was
too late for Ladan Bosso charges to make it a comeback.
on Saturday, the game between Kano Pillars and Ifeanyi Uba was
abandoned after FC Ifeanyi Uba players walked out of the pitch early
in the second half in protest of some questionable decisions by the
centre referee. Score was 1-0 in favour of Pillars.
WEEK ONE RESULTS
Pillars vs Ifeanyi Uba (abandoned)
Rangers 1 – 2 Abia Warriors
United 2 – 1 El-Kanemi
3 – 0 Niger Tornadoes
United 2 – 1 Gombe
Star 2 – 0 Lobi Stars
FC 3 – 1 Akwa United
Tourists. 0 – 0 Nasarawa United
Stars. 1. – 2 Plateau United
1 -0 Sunshine Stars