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NPFL: Matchday One (1) Preview & Players To Watch Out For

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After months of waiting, the wait would be over on the 17th of December as the new 2021/2022 season would be underway across various Matchday Stadias with many exciting fixtures in the offing.

Below is a preview of the new Nigeria professional football league 2021/2022 season and possible results from the 10 games lined up on Matchday 1.

1. Gombe United v Shooting Stars
An interesting fixture it promises to be as the two Nigeria professional football league new comers squares up amongst themselves on Matchdau (1) at the Pantami Stadium in Gombe.

A tricky fixture which can go swindle to any side as the two new comers are believed to be of equal strength.

Players To Watch: Ukeme Williams (Gombe United) Ebenezer Odeyemi (Shooting Stars)

2. Akwa United v Kano Pillars
The Nigeria professional football league defending champions will be kicking off it’s title defence with an acidic test as they welcome Kano based outfit, Kano Pillars, at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium, Uyo.

Following the form of the two sides in their Pre-seson tournaments, the Coach Salisu Yusuf tutored side are capable of causing an upset in Uyo.

Players To Watch: (Ubong Friday, Akwa United) (Rabiu Ali, Kano Pillars)

3. Lobi Stars v Rivers United
Benue based side and it’s new gaffer will be faced with a litmus test as they square up against Rivers State based outfit, Rivers United at the Aper Aku stadium, Makurdi.

A tough and tricky fixture which the much Hungrier side can scoop the points at stake and in a worst case scenario, a draw is a possible result.

Players To Watch: Osimaga Duke (Lobi Stars) Uche Onwusoanya (Rivers United)

4. Katsina United v Rangers Intl
The Kastina based outfit would trade tackles with Rangers Intl at the Shehu Dikko Stadium in Katsina state.

The Rangers team seems the favourite side if things goes there way, a draw is a worst case scenario.

Players To Watch: (Godsgift Elkannah, Katsina United) Asiegbu Shedrack (Rangers Intl)

5. Enyimba Int’l v Abia Warriors
One of the star match of the Matchday 1 of the New professional football league as two bitter city rivals trade tackles in the ‘Abia Derby’

A tricky fixture it is considering the two gaffers incharge of the two team, the Umuahia based side has slim chances of wrecking havoc if underrated.



6. Sunshine Stars v Wikki Tourist
The Akure based side will welcome Wikki to the

Akure township stadium in one of Matchday 1 fixture of the new season.

The home side stands the favourite as they would leave no stone unturn in their quest of starting the new season on a winning note

Players To Watch: Ozor Chinedu (Sunshine Stars) Mohammed Igudia (Wikki Tourist)

7.Niger Tornadoes v Plateau United
The new boys will have their hands filled when they welcome Plateau United at the Ilorin Stadium, their adopted home.

The game promises to be entertaining with the best of football artistry.

Players To Watch: Destiny Ashadi (Niger Tornadoes) Samuel Mathias (Plateau United)

8. Kwara United v Dakkada
The Ilorin based side will be hoping to start the season on a good footing as they welcome Uyo based outfit at their fortress in Ilorin.

A win seems a ‘Must’ for the host but if looses concentration, Dakkada are capable of causing an upset.

Player To Watch: Junior Lokosa (Kwara United) Femi Ajayi (Dakkada)

9. MFM v Remo Stars
The Church boys will be faced with an uphill task in it’s first fixture of the new season as they take on new boys, Remo Stars.

With both teams assumed to have same strength, a stalemate is never out of the picture as a final result.

Players To Watch: Dennis (MFM) Andy Okpe (Remo Stars)

10. Heartland v Nasarawa
The Naze millionaires will have their hands full when they take on Nasarawa United at the Dan Anyiam stadium on Matchday 1.

The Owerri based team needs to be on top of their game to claim maximum points if not, the visitors are equally capable of causing an upset.

Players To Watch: Nwodu Chukwudi (Heartland) Silas Nwankwo (Nasarawa United)

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Seamoriow FC Shines Bright in Thrilling Victory Against Leads United FC.

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In a gripping showdown at the Seamoriow Sports Complex earlier today, Seamoriow FC once again showcased their prowess on the field, clinching a sensational 4-3 triumph over Leads United FC.

The match, marked by breathtaking goals and intense moments, kept fans from the neighbourhood who saw the game on the edge of their seats until the final whistle.

The action-packed encounter saw Seamoriow’s Paul Salako setting the tone early with a stunning goal in the 15th minute, swiftly followed by Saka’s precise strike from a low angled shot in the 20th minute. Akinjide Johnson further fueled the team’s momentum with a good finish in the 29th minute, leaving the opposition reeling. Despite a valiant effort from Leads United FC, Adeshina Lekan’s penalty in the 62nd minute sealed the victory for Seamoriow FC.

Reacting to the exhilarating win, the Chairman/Proprietor of Seamoriow FC expressed immense pride in the team’s performance, stating, “We are thrilled by this victory, which is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our players. Our commitment to nurturing young talent remains unwavering, and we are actively expanding our scouting network to unearth passionate individuals who embody the spirit of Seamoriow FC. Our ultimate goal is to provide promising Nigerian talents with a platform to shine and pursue successful careers in football, and we are determined to attract the best talent from across the nation.”

Seamoriow FC will next take on Breeding Professionals FA at the Legacy Practise pitch on Sunday, 25th of February in preparation for the Africa Selected All Stars Scouting Tournament the club will be participating in billed for 26th – 28th February at the practice pitch, Surulere, Lagos

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ABIA Warriors Vs Remo Stars: CEO Banana Island Offers Free Bus To Fans On Sunday

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The Banana Island CEO, Mr Francis Chilaka, will provide free bus to Abia Warriros fans, who come out en mass to support the team as they host Remo Stars Football Club at the Enyimba FC Stadium on Sunday.

Following the Umuahia township stadium ban by the League Organizers, the Umuahia based will welcome the ‘Sky Blue Stars’ in their temporary home stadium in Aba in one of the Matchday 20 fixtures billed for the weekend.

“Playing away from your traditional home ground can be difficult in football but we’re planning to make it a home away from home for the Abia Warriros with our usual support”

“The free bus will ensure the fans will be on the stands to cheer the team this will be added advantage for the team playing at its temporary home ground”

“Efforts has been made by the Club Chairman, Chief John Obuh, to return the team back to Umuahia soonest as their has been steady progress in work on the playing turf as well on the stadium environs”

“Before we return back to Umuahia, the team needs to bounce back to winning ways and that’s why the fans will be present to ginger their spirit “ he concluded.

Mr. Francis Chilaka who doubles as a Board member of the Abia Warriors management has been in the frontline in ensuring massive support for the Umuahia warlords as he offers different kinds of moral and financial support to the Abia Warriors team.

Amongst the contingent moving from Umuahia to Aba for the crunchy fixture is Chairman Abia State House Member on Sports, Hon. Chinasa Abiola, as well as other well meaning Abians.

When the games gets underway in ABA on Sunday, Abia Warriros who lost to Remo Stars on Matchday 19 will be out to make up for the lost points when the trade tackles on Matchday 20 in the first game of the league second round.

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NPFL Youth League: The Abia Warriors Boys Were Brave Enough- Francis Chilaka

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Abia Warriors Board member and football enthusiast, Francis Chilaka, has thumbed up Abia Warrior’s Under-17 lads for their bravery following their 2-2 stalemate against city neighbors, Enyimba International Under-17, in it’s first game in the South-East, zone of the on-going NPFL youth league in Enugu State.

The popular philanthropist and business guru who has been in the Coal City with the team affirmed the boys resilience which earned the team a point in the keenly contested fixture.

“It’s a derby game and the fixture lived up to it’s billing as the two young lads displayed their football artistry”

“Kudos to the boys, Abia Warriros, for their efforts as there is more room for improvement going into the next game”

In the excited fixture which ended in a stalemate, Abia Warriors side were the side who stole the show as they came with a late goal to steal headline in the fixture watched by NPFL dignitaries.

To earn the South-East slot to the National level, Abia Warriors Under-17 in it’s subsequent games will trade tackless with Heartland, Rangers Under-17 sides

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