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Tuesday, 17 January 2017

2017 NPFL Table: Final Week 1 Results, Standings and Week 2 Fixtures

Rangers Int'l FC vs Abia Warriors FC
Rangers Int'l FC vs Abia Warriors FC
The Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL) Champions, Rangers International FC of Enugu began 2017 season as they started it in 2016. They succumbed to a 2 - 1 defeat at home to the visiting Abia Warriors FC. 

Fortune Omoniwari, newly signed from Akwa United FC gave the home team a lead in the 10th minutes of the encounter before Emeka Isaac's 25-yard effort in the 22nd minutes was deflected home after a well-worked corner taken by Bashir. Godwin Zaki scored from a spot kick in the 72nd minute and it stood as the decisive goal after blast of the final whistle.

Two of the NPFL newly promoted clubs recorded victories. ABS were 3 - 1 better than Akwa United FC in Kwara State, while Katsina United FC registered 2 goals against Gombe United's single goal.

Here are the full results from the first week's matches:


NPFL Results: Week 1 Scores
Home Score Away
Kano Pillars 3-0 FC IfeanyiUbah 
Shooting Stars 2-0 Lobi Stars FC
MFM FC  3-0 Niger Tornadoes 
ABS 3-1 Akwa United FC
Rivers United FC 2-1 El-Kanemi Warriors FC 
Rangers Int'l FC  1-2 Abia Warriors FC 
Katsina United  2-1 Gombe United FC 
Remo Stars 1-2 Plateau United 
Wikki Tourists  0-0 Nasarawa United FC 
Enyimba Int'l FC  1-0 Sunshine Stars

Here's what the table looks like after the opening week:

NPFL Table: Week 1 Standings
Position Club P     W    D     L    GD    Pts
1 Kano Pillars  1 1 0 0 3 3
2 MFM FC 1 1 0 0 3 3
3 ABS FC 1 1 0 0 2 3
4 Shooting Stars  1 1 0 0 2 3
5 Abia Warriors FC 1 1 0 0 1 3
6 Katsina United 1 1 0 0 1 3
7 Plateau United 1 1 0 0 1 3
8 Rivers United 1 0 1 0 1 1
9 Enyimba Int'l FC 1 0 1 0 1 1
10 Nasarawa United FC 1 0 1 0 0 1
11 Wikki Tourists  1 0 1 0 0 1
12 El-Kanemi Warriors FC  1 0 1 0 -1 1
13 Gombe United FC 1 0 1 0 -1 1
14 Rangers Int'l FC 1 0 0 1 -1 0
15 Remo Stars  1 0 0 1 -1 0
16 Sunshine Stars 1 0 0 1 -1 0
17 Akwa United FC 1 0 0 1 -2 0
18 Lobi Stars FC 1 0 0 1 -2 0
19 FC Ifeanyiubah 1 0 0 1 -3 0
20 Niger Tornadoes 1 0 0 1 -3 0
[P=Played, W=Won, D=Drawn, L=Lost, GD=Goal Difference, Pts=Points] 

The Week 2 fixtures:

NPFL Fixtures: Week 2 (Mid Week)
Date Time (Local) Home Away
Wednesday, January 18 4 p.m. Akwa United FC Rivers United FC
Wednesday, January 18 4 p.m. Lobi Stars FC Kano Pillars FC
Wednesday, January 18 4 p.m. FC Ifeanyiubah MFM FC
Wednesday, January 18 4 p.m. Plateau United FC Enyimba Int'l FC
Wednesday, January 18 4 p.m. Abia Warriors FC Katsina United FC
Wednesday, January 18 4 p.m. El-Kanemi Warriors FC Wikki Tourists FC
Wednesday, January 18 4 p.m. Gombe United FC Remo Stars FC
Wednesday, January 18 4 p.m. Nasarawa United FC Rangers Int'l FC
Wednesday, January 18 4 p.m. Niger Tornadoes FC ABS FC
Wednesday, January 18 4 p.m. Sunshine Stars FC Shooting Stars FC
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