By Joshua Tekidek

El-Kanemi Warriors coach Ladan Bosso he is confident his team will give a good account of themselves this season.

Bosso was speaking after the Maiduguri side defeated Wikki Tourists 2-1 on Thursday afternoon in a Matchday 2 of the 2016/17 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) season.

Samuel Mathias gave the home side the lead in the eight minute, Chinedu Onyelonu levelled 15 minutes later, and Abraham Audu restored the Warriors' lead in the closing stage of the first half to give the home their first win of the season.

Bosso whose team showed fluency and superb game management against Wikki said his club will be the team to beat because of the good preparation they had.

"If you have a good preparation it means success is certain. There is a saying that he who fails to plan, plans to fail, so we have worked for this season.

"We have gone from pre-season tournament to pre-season camping. You can see the result. We started badly last season but we have started well this season," Bosso told npfl.ng.

The afternoon started with a minute silence observed in honour of the late Abdulkadir Magaji who is the Kaduna State FA chairman and independent vice chairman of the second tier, the Nigeria National League (NNL).

The moment the referee signified the start of the game, El-Kanemi took control forcing Wikki to play deep in their own half.

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Bernard Ovoke was the pin-up boy of Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) club Rivers United last season.

Super quick, extravagantly skillful, blessed with an eye for goal and in possession of a low centre of gravity, the ‘magic seven’ left fear and pain in his wake at many an NPFL defence last term.

He finished as the club’s top scorer last season and has taken two league games to get off the mark this term.

His well-taken goal on Wednesday earned Rivers United a priceless point at the ‘Nest of Champions’ against a very well-drilled Akwa United side.

Ovoke believes his strike against the Promise Keepers is potentially the first of many to come and has now set a 20-goal-target for himself for the 2016/17 season.

“The game against Akwa United was not a bad game. I enjoyed myself and it was important to score.

“I set a target of 20 goals even before we played our first game against El-Kanemi Warriors.

“I cannot do it on my own as I will need the support of my teammates and our coaches to achieve it but I will work even harder than I did last season to achieve this,” the winger told the club media.

A BIG SEASON IN PROSPECT

United will campaign on three fronts this season in what is the biggest season in the club’s history.

The Pride of Rivers will compete in the CAF Champions League and Federation Cup alongside their exertions in the NPFL.

Ovoke has set his sights high in all three competitions and says the focus remains doing well in all of them.

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By Promise Etim

FC Ifeanyiubah put behind their embarrassing Matchday 1 outing in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL), to dispatch visiting MFM FC of Lagos, 4-0 at the FC Ifeanyiubah Stadium on Wednesday.

Goals from Yaya Kone, King Osanga and Jimoh Oni in the first half and another one from Ifeanyi Onuigbo in the second, capped an impressive Matchday 2 for the Anambra Warriors.

The visitors made three changes to the side that defeated Niger Tornadoes 3-0 on the opening day, with Onuwa Chukwuka dropped to the bench.

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By Sanipe Damiete

Abia Warriors put up another commanding performance to beat newcomers Katsina United 2-0 and maintained their 100 per cent winning run in the 2016/17 Nigerian Professional Football League season in front of their home fans at the Umuahia Township Stadium Wednesday.

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By Fisayo Dairo

Plateau United of Jos continued their impressive start to the season after a convincing 3-1 win over former Champions, Enyimba at the Rwang Pam Stadium in Jos on Wednesday.

In one of the nine Match Day two encounters decided in midweek, United left no one in doubt as to their intentions of beating the Elephants from Aba as defender Elisha Golbe curled home a freekick early on before Kabiru Umar doubled their lead ten minutes into the second half. Emeka Umeh added a third late on, rendering Ikechukwu Ibenegbu's free kick a mere consolation.

Joining Plateau United on the top of the table after two round of matches is Abia Warriors who enjoyed a comfortable 2-0 win over newly promoted Katsina United in Umuahia. Godwin Zaki scored for the second game in a row before Seun Olulayo scored on his debut, nine minutes after the interval to seal victory for Okey Emordi's men.

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When players of Rivers United line up against Akwa United on Wednesday at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium in a Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) game, they will very likely do so against several former players of the football club.

Aremu Afeez and Ofem Inah were both integral members of the Port Harcourt club that finished second in last season’s NPFL while striker, Christian Pyagbara was formerly in the books of Sharks FC, a side that was merged with Dolphins to form Rivers United on February 19, 2016.

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Federation Cup champions, FC Ifeanyiubah will host Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries Football Club in one of Matchday Two encounters of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) season billed to be decided this midweek in Nnewi.

The contest between the Anambra Warriors and the Olukoya Boys will go down at the FC Ifeanyiubah International Stadium on Wednesday, January 18.

MFM FC and FC Ifeanyiubah met twice last term in the Nigerian league in which coach Fidelis Ilechukwu and his charges claimed four points out of six with goalless draw in Nnewi and a 1-0 triumph in Lagos, at the Soccer Temple, Agege Stadium.

Ilechukwu's men have kick-started their quest in the 2016/17 NPFL season on a high with a 3-0 bashing of Niger Tornadoes on Sunday in Lagos.

The Anambra Warriors on the other hand forfeited points in their first match of the season to Kano Pillars over the weekend at the Sani Abacha Stadium after they refused to continue their game on 48 minutes of play citing the manner of officiating for their action.

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Matchday 2 of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) is laced with plenty of intriguing fixtures and the contest between Akwa United and Rivers United is certainly one of them.

Uyo’s storied ‘Nest of Champions,’ the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium is the venue for the game which holds on Wednesday, January 18.

The two sides met twice last season in the NPFL with the Pride of Rivers winning both fixtures in Port Harcourt and Uyo, respectively.

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By Fred Edoreh

It gives such a magical feeling when a player comes on as a substitute and finds the net almost immediately to provide assurance of victory for his team. That was the drama and joy Sunday Faleye brought Ibadan fans as Shooting Stars Sports Club (3SC) claimed a 2-0 victory over visiting Lobi Stars to open their NPFL season on Sunday.

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By China Acheru

Sunshine Stars were beaten 1-0 in Calabar by former champions, Enyimba International but Coach of the Akure Gunners, Kayode Olujohungbe had only praises for his players for executing their match plan to the letter.

Olujohungbe said after the game that he was angry his side lost but was not angry with his players.

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