New season but the same old problem, that was the case as the Nigeria Professional Football League finally resumed over the weekend after a forced seven months break.

While there were goals to cheer in Aba, the sad scenes that paint the NPFL in bad light were on replay in Jos as referees that handled the Plateau United vs FC IfeanyiUbah game were beaten black and blue.

Enyimba’s Nelson Ogbonnaya got the first goal of the season with his 13th minute strike while Abdulrahman Bashir’s goal in the 54th minute ensured that Enyimba had the biggest win of the weekend; beating MFM FC 2-0.

Kwara United and Sunshine Stars ended the other Group A fixture in Ilorin 1-1.

The other games from the group did not hold as they have been postponed by the League organisers.

In Group B, El-Kanemi Warriors caused a stir as they recorded the first away win of the season; beating Akwa United 1-0 in Uyo on Sunday.


In Kano, Pillars also got off to winning start as they pipped visiting Heartland FC by a lone goal.

Sunday Chinedu one of the new signings for Pillars scored what was the winning goal in the 16th-minute.

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For the unfortunate incident in Jos, the Nigeria Referees Association, NRA are already talking tough and may be boycotting games at the center going forward.

The President of the NRA, Otunba Tade Azeez said preliminary reports reaching the association have it that the unprotected referees after the home side failed to win were left at the mercy of hooligans who attacked them.

The NRA boss said while they await the conclusion of investigations into the incident, they will be sticking to their earlier stand not to honour matches at match venues where referees are attacked this season.

#NPFL19 Matchday One Results:

Akwa United 0-1 El-Kanemi

Kwara Utd 1-1 Sunshine Stars 

Enyimba FC 2-0 MFM FC 

Kano Pillars FC 1-0 Heartland FC 

Nasarawa Utd 1-0 Abia Warriors

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