By Oyediji Oluwaseun Babatunde
Sports Writer, kick442.com Nigeria
Defending Champions of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL), Akwa United recorded a 3-0 win over Kano Pillars to kick off its defence on a winning note at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium, Uyo on Sunday.
It took former Petrojet forward, Ezekiel Bassey opened the scoring for Akwa United in the additional minutes of the first half.
Two more goals from Stephen Chukwude and Ubong Friday in the 52nd and 91st minute completed the rout for the host.
Kabir Adeniji scored the lone goal in the 13th minute as newly promoted Niger Tornadoes pipped former League Champions, Plateau United 1-0.
Two times African Champions, Enyimba International FC edged neighbors, Abia Warriors 2-1 with Ekene Awazie and Chigozi Obasi scoring for Enyimba while Paul Sam’s pulled a goal back for Abia Warriors.
Enugu Rangers recorded the second away win of the opening fixtures after Remo Stars 0-2 win over MFM FC.
Rangers defeated Katsina United 1-2.
Ossy Martins scored two goals for Rangers as Salisu Mustapha initially equalised for Katsina United.
A brace from Stephen Jude and the other by Junior Lokosa propelled Kwara United to a 3-0 win over Dakkada FC.
Heartland and Nasarawa United played out an entertaining 3-3 draw at the Dan Anyiam Stadium, Owerri.
Gombe United and 3SC (Shooting Stars) played out a goalless draw.
Lobi Stars and Rivers United settled for a 1-1 draw.
2021/2022 NPFL Matchday One Results
MFM FC 0-2 Remo Stars
Gombe United 0-0 3SC
Akwa United 3-0 Kano Pillars
Lobi 1-1 Rivers United
Katsina United 1-2 Rangers
Enyimba 2-1 Abia Warriors
Kwara United 3-0 Dakkada
Heartland 3-3 Nasarawa United
Niger Tornadoes 1-0 Plateau United
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