Players of Rangers International of Enugu will get a N1m bonus from government following their away win at Heartland in an oriental derby in the Nigeria Professional League (NPFL) on Sunday.
Enugu state governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, had pledged before the start of the season to reward the players with N1m for each away win.
Having begun with two defeats, to Akwa United and to Lobi Stars, the Flying Antelopes held on to their 10th-minute lead to secure all three points in Owerri, thanks to Bright Silas’ goal.
“Enugu State Governor will redeem his pledge of cash reward for the players after the win against Heartland. N1m for every win this season,” the club tweeted after their victory.
In Umuahia, NPFL champions, Plateau United picked up their first defeat of the league season, losing 1-0 to Abia Warriors whose Samson Obi scored the winner in the second minute of the game.
MFM lost for the second time, as they fell 3-1 against El-Kanemi Warriors in Maiduguri, while Rivers United beat Kano Pillars 2-1 at the Yakubu Gowon Stadium, Port Harcourt.
All home teams secured victories on Sunday except Heartland of Owerri who lost to Enugu Rangers.
Below are the full time results of NPFL matchday 3:
Heartland 0 – 1 Enugu Rangers
Katsina Utd 2 – 0 Enyimba
El-Kanemi Warriors 3 – 1 MFM FC
FC Ifeanyi Ubah 2 – 0 Kwara Utd
Wikki Tourists 1 – 0 Niger Tornadoes
Nasarawa Utd 2 – 0 Sunshine Stars
Rivers Utd 2 – 1 Kano Pillars
Abia Warriors 1 – 0 Plateau Utd
Akwa Utd 2 – 0 Yobe Deserts
Lobi Stars 1 – 0 Go Round
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