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NPFL 2023/2024: Eight Goals Thriller Rocks Match Day One


By Saheed Afolabi

The 2023/2024 Nigeria Premier Football League (NPFL) kicked off in style as no away win was recorded in seven match day centers.

The South-South derby saw Bayelsa Queens crush Akwa United 5-3 in an eight goal thriller.

Shooting Stars who didn’t end last season on a good note, started their campaign by defeating North central powerhouse Plateau United 2-1 at the Lekan Salami Stadium, Ibadan.

Making a return to the NPFL from the lower league, Katsina United showed precision to rifle a one goal victory over Kwara United through Lukman at the Young Katsina Stars Stadium.

Erasmus Onuh tutored Abia Warriors slayed Niger Tornadoes by a lone goal at the Umuahia Township Stadium in a dominant fashion.

Returning to the topflight, Heartland shared the spoils with Lobi Stars 2-2 in Owerri. The Naze Millionaires came from two goals down to end the game in a stalemate.

Sunshine Stars served Kano Pillars a defeat in their return to the NPFL after going through hell in the NNL before getting promotion back to the topflight football league in Nigeria.

Enugu Rangers slammed a 2-1 defeat on Doma United as Fidelis Ilechukwu tasted victory in his first league game with the Flying Antelopes.

Sporting Lagos will trade tackles with Gombe United at the Mobolaji Johnson Arena, Onikan on Monday October second evening.

The encounters between Rivers United vs Remo Stars and Enyimba VA Bendel Insurance were postponed due to continental engagements.