The Gov Okowa Pre Season Tourney produced one goal on Day 1, with Kwara United and Remo Stars playing to a goalless draw at the Stephen Keshi Stadium.
Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) 1st Vice President, Barrister Seyi Akinwunmi graced day one of the prestigious tourney.
In the opening fixture, Rivers United pipped 10-man Abia Warriors 1-0.
It was certainly a physical duel as defensive midfielder Fatai Abdulahi was sent off for dissent.
Ivorian import Bakari Bamba made the difference with an 81st minute match winner.
Kwara United and Remo Stars shared the spoils in a 0-0 draw.
The tournament is part of a commitment to development through football, and it includes a life skills seminar that highlights and offers insight into how to cope with some of the challenges footballers are likely to encounter during their transition.
“We are in for a thrilling tournament,” Tournament Coordinator Badawiy Bashir said.
“For the opening day, the public turnout was very encouraging, and we expect to see many more filling Stadium over the next seven days to enjoy the best footballers in the country showcasing their talent.”
The competition continue on Thursday with Lobi Stars looking to lay ambush to Cynosure FC. Delta Force will make their bow in the tournament with a super clash against MFM FC. Bendel Insurance and Remo Stars will take to the battle ground at 4pm.