The 2023/24 season of the Nigeria National League (NNL24) commenced with Nasarawa United claiming a bright start, securing a 1-0 victory over Zamfara United, in the Northern Conference C at Lafia City Stadium, platinumnewsng.com is reporting.
Lafia City Stadium took center stage, replacing the Uyo Township Stadium as the venue for the opener.
Nasarawa United took the lead early in the game, with Aminu Abubakar unleashing a remarkable volley in the box just nine minutes into play, setting the score at 1-0. The Solid Miners successfully maintained their advantage throughout the first half.
Despite Zamfara United’s efforts to level the score in the second half, Nasarawa United’s defenders stood firm, thwarting every attempt and securing the 1-0 lead until the final whistle.
The victory marks a positive start for Nasarawa United in the Northern Conference Group C opener of the NNL season as the Solid Miners are seeking a quick return after last season’s NPFL relegation.
Governor Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State graced the NNL season opener, performing the ceremonial kick-off alongside his Deputy, Dr. Emmanuel Agbadu Akabe. The event also saw the presence of former Governor Umaru Tanko Al-Makura, Secretary to the State Government Barr. Aliyu Ubandoma, Commissioner for Youth and Sports Development Jafaru Ango, and other government officials.
Other distinguished guests included Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Youth and Sports Development Barr. Isaac Danladi, representatives from the Nigeria Football Federation led by NFF Secretary-General Dr. Sanusi Muhammad, and Board Members of the Nigeria National League chaired by George Aluo. Dr. Othman Ibrahim Ahmed, Chairman of Nasarawa United FC, was also in attendance.
While the season is officially underway, the remaining Matchday 1 games in the Southern and Northern Conferences are scheduled for the upcoming weekend at various centers nationwide.