NPFL Match Day 1 Review

NPFL-spectators-celebratingMatch Day 1 of the 2013/2014 Nigeria Professional Football League(NPFL) saw eight games with nine goals and two away draws as teams set out for the NPFL title.

Dolphins Football club of Port Harcourt and Enyimba of Aba kick off their league campaign with a draw as they share the full points with their respective hosts. Stanley Eguma Boys picked their first away point of the season in Owerri against Heartland Fc while Six-time Champions, Enyimba International played out a barren draw in Akure against Sunshine Stars.

Heartland 1-1 Dolphins
Heartland fans witnessed an unusual game and result on Sunday at the Dan Anyiam Stadium in Owerri as Dolphins scored their first goal and picked their first away point of the season since 2003.
The Naze Millionaire took the lead in the 35th minute when Kelechi Ezeh deflected free kick found the back of the net. Ifeanyi Egwin who was a torn in the flesh for Heartland defence leveled up for Dolphins in the 43rd minute.

Lobi Stars 1-0 Crown FC
It was a keenly contested game between the two sides, Lobi Stars have to wait for added time before they broke the deadlock. Lobi Stars central defender Stephen Eze goal in the added time makes the difference in the game as he nodded in Moses Bunde corner kick.

Abia Warriors 2-0 Kaduna United
NPFL newcomers Abia Warriors won 2-0 in front of an appreciative crowd at the Umuahia Township on Stadium on Saturday. Two unreplied goals from Chima Uluocha in the 28th minute and Bishop Onyeudo who came as a substitute in the 84th minute was adequate for Abia warriors to pocket the available points.

gombe-united-blue-BPP-300Akwa United 1 – 0 Gombe United
Prior to this encounter, Gombe United had lost their last five visits to Akwa, the last loss ended in five goals thriller as the visitors were pipped 2-3 last season. The Promise Keepers gathered the full points on Sunday as Namso Edo’s 54th minute penalty kick beat Chigozie Agbim who was in goal for the Desert Scorpions after Ubong Ekpai was brought down by Gombe United defender.

Taraba Fc 1 – 0 Nasarawa United
It was a slim victory for Taraba Fc against Nasarawa United on Saturday at the Jolly Nyame Stadium. The league debutant played their first top flight match in front of their teeming fans over the weekend and they grind out the maximum points. Nasarawa United missed a couple of goal scoring chances, they got a deserve penalty but failed to convert it.

Sunshine Stars 0-0 Enyimba
The People’s Elephant forced Sunshine Stars to a 0-0 draw at the Akure Township Stadium on Thursday. Both teams gave a good account of themselves, the Akure Gunners goalkeeper Ikechukwu Ezenwa was at his best as he denied Enyimba’s strikers their scoring chances.

Warri wolves 1-0 Elkanemi Warriors
It was a nervy affair between the Sea Siders and the Borno Warriors on Thursday at the Warri City Stadium. The home team held up to 71st minute before they got the green light in the game as Musa Najere put the homers ahead via a spot kick after Joshua Obaje was brought down in the vital area of the visitors.

Bayelsa United 1-0 Sharks Fc

The Restoration Boys narrowly picked the maximum points at the Sapele Township Stadium as the former Shooting Stars left full back, Mutiu Adegoke got the only goal that separated the two sides through a header in the 19th minute of the encounter. The Blue Angels responded so well in the second half of the game but all their attempts yielded no result as they were wasteful in front of goal.

Adeyemi Adesanya
Sports Business Consultant and Football Intermediary; Risk Management & Due Diligence Consultant; Freelance Football writer & Pundit on Radio & TV and Man.Utd Fan
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