–As Heartland Shock 3SC in Ibadan
Kano Pillars began the defence of their Glo Nigeria Premier League title with two goals in the second half to beat Bayelsa United 2-0 at the Sani Abacha Stadium.
In Ibadan, 3SC failed to make home support count as they fell 2-1 to Heartland Football Club of Owerri at the Lekan Salami Stadium, Adamasingba.
Pillars named two of the five players injured during the robbery attack in their starting line up, the duo of Ubong Moses Ekpai and Reuben Ogbonnaya started while Gambo Mohammed, Eneji Otekpa and Adamu Murtala were not listed.
The champions lacked fluidity in their passes and even when they made incursions the Bayelsa United backline stood firm and frustrated all their efforts to see the first half off at 0-0.
A minute after resumption for the second half speedy frontman Adamu Mohammed benefited from a Rabiu Ali cross to give the champions the lead.
Upon resumption for the game Pillars piled on the pressure to increase the tally but Bayelsa United were let off the hook thanks to some woeful finishing from the frontmen of Kano Pillars.
But the story was different for another home side, 3SC who were rattled by Ebere Odichie first half strike. Though the Oluyole Warlords rallied back to earn an equalizer in the second half, they were undone by a Jimoh Oni late strike for the visitors.