Plateau United on Saturday at the Rwang Pam Stadium in Jos marked their comeback to the Premier League with a win, as they beat equally newly promoted side, Niger Tornadoes 2-1 in the curtain-raiser for the NPFL 2015/16 season.
Plateau United had been condemned to playing in the lower ranks for the past five years and they were eager to make a statement on Saturday in front of their fans.
Expectedly, it was the home team that enjoyed the best of the early exchanges, and they registered the first real chance of the day as early as the third minute of the encounter.
Plateau United continued piling pressure on Tornadoes and their effort finally paid off in the 15th minute when Charles Okafor headed the hosts in front from Bala’s corner kick.
The opening goal forced Tornadoes to switch away from their earlier defensive approach of play as they were desperate for a quick equaliser.
The equaliser did not come for the visitors at least till the end of the first half, but they did not stop as they kept taking a go at the hosts in the second half.
After series of misses and near misses, Tornadoes finally got a deserved equaliser just after the hour-mark and it was Kunle Isa that got the much-sought after leveller.
Both sides gave a fierce attempt to get a winning goal and it was Ibeh Johnson that did so for Plateau United with barely three minutes left to play.
The late strike thus saw the hosts smiling away with all three points on offer. The other Week One games will take place across the country on Sunday.