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NPFL: Shocks,Suprises In Season Openers With Four Away Wins

clubs-2015It was a frenetic start to the 2015/2016 Nigeria Professional Football League season weekend as  four away wins were recorded by new boys, MFM, Wikki Tourists, Lobi and Ifeanyi Ubah while champions Enyimba lost away at Rivers United.

League newcomers, Mountain of Fire and Miracles defeated Nasarawa United 2-1, in their first match in the big league. For the prayer warriors prayers were answered as they recorded a phenomenal  win over Nasarawa. Newman Musa fired the MFM side into a shock first half lead, only for Chukwuka Emmanue to get into the act, doubling the visitors lead on 33 minutes but not wanting to be disgraced at home, Ifeanyi Nweke  netted a consolatory goal for Nasarawa, who were however unable to find the equaliser as MFM’s prayer for a good beginning got answered as the referee blew to end the match after 90 minute

Wikki Tourist Bauchi, needed a 70th minute strike by Godwin Obaje to inflict a 1-0 defeat on homers, El Kanemi at the Kastina Stadium.

Ifeanyi Ubah FC put the coaching problem that plagued them last season behind them as they recorded a slim 1-0 victory over Giwa at the Rwang Pam Stadium. The boys of oil tycoon, Ifeanyi Uba have Seka Pasca  to thank for the second minute strike that proved the difference after regulation time in Jos.

Defending champions Enyimba of Aba early season troubles continued with thier 1-0 loss at Rivers United in Port Harcourt. It was the second loss the Aba Elephants were suffering in just a week, after losing 0-1 to FC Vipers in Uganda in a Champions League preliminary round match. The pressure will start cranking on Coach Paul Aigbogun, who must now regroup his side for this weekend’s Champions League return leg tie with the Ugandan champions in Port Harcourt.

In Kano, Rangers suffered their 12 successive defeat to Pillars, who came back from a goal down to nick a 2-1 win to send their fans into wild jubilations. Madu has nodded the Enugu side in front on 50 minutes but Pillars fought back, with Gambo Mohammed side-footing past Rangers goalkeeper while former Sunshine Stars striker, Prince Aggrey  scored winner in stoppage time.

Another newly promoted side. Ikorodu United held Abia Warriors to a 1-1 draw, in Ibadan, Lobi Stars inflicted a painful 1-0 defeat on Shooting Stars while Heartland and Warri Wolves played out a barren draw in Owerri as the Nigerian league rebounded in a bumper way

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