By Tunde Oyedele/Abuja –
The 2014-2015 Glo Nigeria Premier League, NPL Super 4 kicked off on Saturday, 24 January, with an exciting performance by current champions, Kano Pillars who defeated Dolphins 2-0 in the opening match.
The explosive encounter, which preceded two other top games played same day at the over 60,000 capacity Abuja National Stadium, recorded a very low turnout as less than 800 spectators were present at the venue.
The poor attendance of spectators at the pre-season tournament underscored the fact that football fans in Nigeria are yet to embrace the new innovations being brought to the country’s Premier League by the League Management Committee, LMC.
Some critics claimed the Super 4 would have been staged at a marketable venue such as Kano, Port Harcourt, Ibadan, Lagos or Benin, where thousands of fans would have come out to watch the games.
Notwithstanding, the spectators who stayed away from the Stadium missed some cheering moments of the Super 4 opening games.
Dolphins, one of Nigeria’s representatives at this year’s Confederation of African Football, CAF Confederation Cup, lost their first match by two unreplied goals to Pillars.
Pillars showed the stuff in them when Samuel Tswaya and Christian Obiozor scored two quick goals within the first ten minutes of the opening match, but Dolphins failed to recover from the shock.
In the other matches played same day, Enyimba lost 0-2 to the Flying Eagles, while the U-23 Eagles defeated Warri Wolves 2-1.
The Flying Eagles scored through a penalty converted by captain Musa Muhammed in the 62nd minute after Ifeanyi Anaemena fouled rampaging Taiwo Awoniyi inside the box.
Substitute Musa Yahaya scored the second goal to seal the victory for the Flying Eagles in the 90th minute.
The second round matches of the Super 4 will hold on Monday, 27 January.