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NPFL: Plateau Utd begin title defence with away victory; MFM lose

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NPFL: Plateau Utd begin title defence with away victory; MFM lose

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.​

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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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