Champions of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL), Plateau United began their title defence with a 1-0 away victory against Nassarawa United on Sunday.
The Jos side left it late thanks to a Raphael Ayagwa effort, to see off their hosts at the Lafia City Stadium.
Ayagwa was a substitute in the game and he came on for Benjamin Turbathe and made history for his side as this is the first time since 2013 that a title holder will win their first game of the season.
Elsewhere, last season’s runners-up MFM FC started their campaign on a poor note, losing 2-0 against Abia Warriors at the Umuahia Township Stadium with former U-23 star Ndifreke Effiong scoring both goals.
Enyimba were held by Lobi Stars after Ezekiel Mbah’s goal cancelled out Chinedu Udeagha while Rivers United defeated El-Kanemi Warriors as Guy Keumian Venance gave the Port Harcourt side the win.
FC Ifeanyiubah also came out victorious on the opening day following a hard fought 2-1 home win against Yobe Desert Stars.
The full results of NPFL matchday 1
Katsina 2-2 Pillars
Akwa Utd 2-0 Rangers
Rivers Utd 1-0 Elkanemi Warriors
Heartand 0-0 Sunshine Stars
Kwara Utd 0-2 Tornadoes
Abia Warrior 2-0 MFM FC
Wikki Tourists 1-0 Go-round
FCIU 2-1 Yobe Stars
Lobi Stars 1-1 Enyimba
Nassarawa Utd 0-1 Plateau Utd
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