Fidelity bank card banner Camano banner
How Abia Warriors stunned champions Rangers in Enugu (PLUS: Other NPFL Week One results)

By News Express on 16/01/2017

Views: 1,866

 •Abia Warriors head coach, Okey Emordi.
•Abia Warriors head coach, Okey Emordi.

Nigerian champions Enugu Rangers were stunned in front of their home fans on Sunday when Abia Warriors came from a goal down to win 2-1 in their first league game of the season.

Having won the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) last season after a 32-year wait, it was expected that Rangers would see off their southeast rivals, who have never beaten them in a league game in six previous meetings since April 2014.

Rangers head coach, Imama Amapakabo, without his best player of last season, Chisom Egbuchulam, gave new signing Fortune Omoniwari the nod to start and it was the former Akwa United and Heartland man who gave the Flying Antelopes the lead after 10 minutes from Chidiebere Okolie’s assist.

The lead of the champions lasted only 12 minutes as Emeka Isaac smashed home Sheriff Bashir's pass from all of 25 yards leaving Rangers goalkeeper Nana Bonsu with no chance.

The first half produced no further goals as Rangers met an organised defence line of Abia Warriors anchored by the experienced Ogbonnaya Okemmiri with support from the duo of Austin Obaroakpo and Abiodun Adebayo.

Amapakabo unimpressive with his side's attacking play sent on former Enyimba man, Daniel Etor for goalscorer Omoniwari but it was Abia Warriors who would get the winning goal through Godwin Zaki.

Zaki converted from the spot with 18 minutes to time after Rangers captain Chibuzor Madu stopped the cross of Ahmed Yacoub with his hand in the box.

It nearly turned a show of horror for the champions and their faithful inside their Cathedral, as they now called the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium, when Zaki turned in Yacoub’s cross but referee Hadiza Musa ruled it offside.

The result marked a happy return to Enugu for Abia Warriors head coach, Okey Emordi, against his former employers.

The story was different for last season’s runners-up Rivers United who got off to a winning start by defeating El-Kanemi Warriors 2-1 at the Yakubu Gowon Stadium in Port Harcourt.

Guy Kuemian scored on 26 minutes from Lukman Mohammed's assist and it looked like they had wrapped up the game in the 89th minute when former Heartland man, Emeka Ogbugh doubled their lead. But El-Kanemi pulled one back in added time through substitute Bello Koformata as the game ended on a nervy note for the hosts.

At the Agege Stadium in Lagos, the game was all but over after the first 45 minutes as MFM FC saw off Niger Tornadoes in a blitz of attacking football. MFM won 3-0 through goals from Sikiru Olatunbosun, Stephen Odey and Adegboyega Adekunle.

The win puts MFM in the driving seat after the opening day.

There was not to be any sort of deja vu in the game between 3SC and Lobi Stars as the former dispatched their opponents 2-0.

Afolabi Waheed scored the first and youngster Sunday Faleye netted the second with only his first touch on the ball after coming off the bench. It took him just 12 seconds of coming on to score.

ABS defeated Akwa United managed by Abdu Maikaba 3-1 with Mohammed Mohammed, Stone Evbuomwan and Abubakar Chindo scoring for them while Godspower Igudia netted for Maikaba’s men.

Tasiu Lawal and Suleiman Ibrahim scored for Katsina United as they beat Gombe United 2-1 with Nasiru Sani producing the assists for both goals. Mannir Ubale got Gombe United’s goal.

New boys, Remo Stars, began life in the top-flight with a 1-2 home loss to Plateau United. Kim John put Plateau United in front on 26 minutes before Victor Mbaoma levelled the score at 1-1 before the break.

Elisha Golbe powered home the winner for Plateau United in the second half.

Ibrahim Mustapha’s goal in the first half was enough for seven-time champions Enyimba to take the full points against Sunshine Stars in Calabar while Wikki Tourists and Nasarawa United played out a goalless draw. (©

Source News Express

Posted 16/01/2017 05:25:56 AM





You may also like...
Gov. Ishaku weeps as Suntai’s remains arrive Taraba...

President Buhari hiding unemployment data because of 2019...

Osun 2018: Again, court dismisses certificate forgery suit...

Saraki to FG: Act fast on workers’ demands...

Cyber attackers claim to hit two big banks...

Nigeria on the right track to eliminate HIV/AIDS...

Anxiety over Oba of Benin’s health

Presidential Election: We have no preferred candidate —...

Minister woos Chinese TV and cinemas, urges them...

Obiano presents N59bn Anambra 2017 Budget

Dam collapse: Hopes fade for 300 missing Brazilians...

PDP told to withdraw from Rivers 2015 governorship...


Latest News Herdsmen: Ohanaeze youths declare state of emergency in South-East •Task state governors 3 Nigerians, 4 others arrested for hacking into 2,000 accounts in India Soldier, 2 NSCDC personnel killed in Ogoni by cultists, illegal oil bunkerers Face-off: Bode George should shut up, leave PDP — Jimi Agbaje 6 suspected telecom mast vandals nabbed in Rivers Ikpeazu appoints Transition Chairmen, deputies for Abia councils NYSC to communicate payment of new N30,000 allowance to corps members Leadership failure Nigeria’s biggest problem — Obi Police begin investigation of abduction, attack in Enugu 20 per cent of teachers in Bauchi State payroll are ghost workers — Gov Project cost: FG to stop outsourcing foreign professionals Appeal Court upholds Ihedioha’s election as Imo Governor


Most Read NUDE PHOTO OF OMOTOLA JALADE-EKEINDE surfaces online (494,221 views) Nigerian female sex addict opens up, says ‘I like it with both men and women’ (425,362 views) Shameless Genevieve Nnaji exposes breasts in public (365,118 views) Finally named: The full list of friends of Nigerian female sex addict who prowled Facebook (311,764 views) OLUMBA OLUMBA OBU (the one who called himself God) IS DEAD (276,078 views) Igbo scholar disgraces Femi Fani-Kayode •Demolishes claims on Igbo/Yoruba history with facts and figures (243,909 views) Breaking News: POPULAR REVEREND CONVERTS TO ISLAM in Kaduna (Nigeria) (233,834 views) OBJ’s son reported dead in Lagos plane crash •Names of more victims emerge (215,751 views) 10 cars more expensive than Jets (212,425 views) My wasted years in Olumba Olumba Obu’s Evil Brotherhood (204,331 views) Lagos plane crash: Journalist releases victims’ names (184,431 views) THE FINAL DISGRACE: Igbo scholar unleashes more facts about Igbo/Yoruba history, finishes off Femi Fani-Kayode with second article (183,773 views)


NNPC Financial reports February 2019

CBN banner advert

UBA Wise Savers Promo


Categories Advertorials (3) African Press Organisation (81) Art & Literature (93) Business & Economy (4,308) Business Verdict (73) Columnists (1,051) Complaints & Requests (95) Enterprise & Opportunities (209) Entertainment (623) Features (761) Global Business Monitor (378) ICT Monitor (53) International (3,592) Interview (184) Live Commentary (30) Love Matters (162) Maggie's Blog (302) News (47,416) Opinion (1,260) Pidgin (17) Politics (11,023) Religion (1,022) Sports (2,043) Stock Watch (39) AMA & Al Jazeera Global Update






APO Group Partner




GOCOP Accredited Member

GOCOP Accredited member



Africa Media Agency and Al Jazeera