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It was another lively weekend as six league matches played on Sunday recorded the same draws as wins, with the holders beginning their defence at home with a draw against Sunshine

KANO PILLARS 2-2 SUNSHINE STARS

League defending champions, Kano Pillars began their defence with a disappointing 2-2 draw at home against visiting Sunshine Stars of Akure on Sunday.

Ezekiel Mba's 33rd minute opening goal against the visiting Akure Gunners was all Sai Masu Gida required to finish the first half in front.

Spirited Sunshine scored twice with goals from Dele Olorundare and Kingsley Eduwo in the second half to steal the late lead. However, Gambo Mohammed rallied for the late equalizer which saved the Pyramid Boys from a home defeat and extended their unbeaten home record of a decade.

Okey Emordi began his first league game as well as the club's title defence with a home draw and failed to console the fans over the agonising memories of an early CAF Champions League exit.

SHARKS 1-0 LOBI STARS

The Blue Angels recorded their first league victory with Ifeanyi Inyam's solitary effort providing them the all-important win in Port Harcourt on Sunday.

Sharks' victory was the great response they needed to put behind the 1-0 loss suffered at the hands of Warri Wolves in match-day one tie.

NASARAWA UNITED 1-1 AKWA UNITED

In Lafia, Nnamdo Edo's late equaliser spoiled the Solid Miners' victory party with victory eluding them in front of their home fans in the week-2 encounter on Sunday.

The outcome failed to produce a winner as Rabiu Ali put Nassarawa in front on the hour mark from the penalty spot but the visiting Uyo side broke the heart of the home fans with an added on time equalizer.

Back-to-back league title winning coach Muhammed Babaganaru started his first home game in Lafia with a draw and will welcome plenty criticism as they have now gone two games without a win.

ENYIMBA 2-1 ENUGU RANGERS

The People's Elephant secured a 2-1 victory over Enugu Rangers in in Aba to continue their unbeaten run on Sunday.

Sibi Gwar continued his free-scoring expliots with the opener in the 60th minute before Andrew Abalogu scored the second goal for Enyimba in the 78th minute of the South-East derby but Semiu Liadi deflected Ejike Uzoenyi's shot into his own goal for the consolation for John Obuh's team in added time.

CROWN 1-0 HEARTLAND - Ibadan

The Ajilete boys can with funfair celebrate their return to the top division after recording a 1-0 win over their Heartland at the Lekan Salami Stadium, Ibadan on Sunday.

The quest for victory was only delayed for Lawrence Akpokona's boys despite the game being halted after 18 minutes due to heavy downpour.

Crown who resumed their game after the rains turned blessing in disguise returned them to winning ways as they must be specially grateful to Frank Ike Chukwujekwu's response to its opening match-day defeat in Makurdi to Lobi Stars.

The 78th minute winning goal ensured the Ogbomoso side secured their first victory in their top flight campaign.

The Naze Millionares looked destined for a point on the road for over 75 minutes but the ending of the last quarter damaged their robust hopes for a draw. The Owerri team who failed to record a home victory in the opening day against Dolphins of Port Harcourt will now have to wait on their week-3 tie for their first league victory.

GOMBE UNITED 0-0 BAYELSA UNITED

Gombe United missed out on getting victory in their first home encounter as they were held by visiting Bayelsa United in Gombe.

Maurice Cooreman's team laboured in both halves of the game but failed to find the back of the net against a well composed Restoration Boys who in a revenge encounter stunned the Gombe side at the Pantami Stadium.

Bayelsa United proved their progress into the second round of the CAF Confederation Cup last Saturday and use the avenue too to kick-start their league campaign with an impressive point in Gombe.

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