Abia Warriors (Photo: LMC)
Abia Warriors (Photo: LMC)

By Andah John

Champions Rangers opened their title defence with a 2-1 defeat at home by southeastern rivals Abia Warriors on Sunday in a keenly contested Nigeria Professional Football League game.

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Godwin Zaki’s clinically converted spot kick saw coach Okey Emordi’s side come from a goal down to earn their first win over their neighbours in the top-flight league.

It was the Flying Antelopes who took the lead  early on the game. But the Abia side did not relent as Emeka Isaac’s 25-yard attempt found the net in the 22nd minute.

And on 72 minute,  the visitors took the lead courtesy penalty kick after Chibuzor Madu handled Godwin Zaki’s cross inside the box.