Rangers International of Enugu failed to replicate their impressive performance in the CAF Confederation Cup when they visited Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries (MFM) FC of Lagos for their 2019 Nigeria professional Football League (NPFL) season opener game, yesterday.
The coach of the Gbenga Ogunbote-led squad suffered 1-0 defeat to Fidelis Ilechukwu-led boys.
The Flying Antelopes were on the ropes in the first half, defending for the most part and successfully limiting the host to a few shots from a distance, Ilechukwu’s men stuck to their task and nicked the opener on 25 minutes of the encounter through Kabir Adeniji.
The victory moved MFM FC to summit of NPFL Group A League standing with six points from three matches, while Rangers are occupying the bottom spot without a point.
Kastina United dispatched Wikki Tourist of Bauchi 1-0 at the Muhammadu Dikko Stadium. Fashanu Sheriff scored the only goal of the match at the 90th minute for the Chanji Boys to ensure they pick their first win of the season.
In Gombe, Kano Pillars suffered 2-0 defeat in the hands of Gombe United with Suleiman Usman and Ibrahim Babangida scored both goals for the host team.
Usman opened scoring for Gombe United in the 39 minute, before Babangida sealed the victory for the home side in 71 minutes for Ladan Bosso-led boys.
Lobi Stars and Enyimba International of Aba played out goalless in Aba, Abia Warriors stunned NPFL debutants Kada City 1-0. Isaac Emeka scored the only for home team in the 80th minute.
In Uyo, Coach Abdul Maikaba enjoyed successful return to Uyo, helping his Plateau United to hold Akwa United 2-2 draw.
Maikaba, who joined the Promise Keepers in 2017 from Wikki Tourists, led the Akwa United to third and second place finish in his first and second campaigns respectively.