Former Open champion Louis Oosthuizen has warned world number one Rory McIlroy of the risks of rushing back from injury. The 32-year-old South African said: “Rehab is the most important thing after any injury. I came back in 2010. I tore my ankle ligaments on the left ankle and I came back probably too soon, so that put me back a few months more. “It’s something you and your team need to take care of just to make sure that, whenever you’re back, you’re fully fit. A lot of times you’re very anxious to come back a bit earlier to get back to it. You miss being part of the action, you miss playing in tournaments, and sometimes that can be costly.” But Oostuizen, who returned to form with a tied second-place finish at last month’s US Open, has no doubt McIlroy is in good hands. “Rory will be fine,” he said. “I’m sure he’ll take care of that injury pretty good.” Former world number one Tiger Woods, who won two of his three Open titles at St Andrews, has had plenty of injury problems himself in recent years and believes McIlroy will feel his absence keenly. Woods said: “He won this championship last year and played awesome coming in. This is a championship that means a lot to him and to be back here at the home course, it’s a little tough to take sometimes. “But we all get injured out here and no-one is immune to it. We all have to go through knick-knack injuries here and there and I hope he comes back, but also hope he comes back healthy and ready to go.” McIlroy will not be defending the Claret Jug at St Andrews this week after rupturing an ankle ligament playing football with friends. Oostuizen, who won the last time the championship was played at the ‘home of golf’ in 2010, can empathise having suffered a similar problem among the numerous injuries that have hampered his career. Press Association
Elsewhere, Kano Pillars Football Club yesterday picked up a slim 1-0 win over visiting Heartland FC of Owerri to start their campaign on a winning note. The match which was played at the Sani Abacha Stadium in Kano was watched by large number of spectators.Midfielder Sunday Chinedu scored the winner in the 16th minute, and in spite of their dominance Kano Pillars failed to add to their lead.In Aba, Nelson Ogbonnaya gave Enyimba the lead on 13 minutes, before Abdulrahman Bashir sealed the win in the 54th minute.Chukwuka Onuwa and Stanley Okorom were hoping to make their debuts, since joining from MFM during pre-season, but Enyimba head coach Usman Abdallah decided to keep faith with Austin Oladapo and Andrew Abalogu ahead of the duo.The visitors handed debut to Michael Ohanu, who formed a formidable partnership upfront with Chijioke Akuneto and Akanni Elijah in a 4-3-3 formation. Ohanu joined the Lagos side from El-Kanemi Warriors.Enyimba got the fixture to a rousing start just before the quarter hour, as Ogbonnaya rose highest to head home Nasiru Sani’s throw-in. MFM goalkeeper Emmanuel Nasamu and his defenders lost out while trying to keep Chinedu Udechukwu in check, leaving Ogbonnaya free in the six-yard area.The People’s Elephant would have doubled their advantage three minutes before the break, but Nasamu turned up this time, to deny Bashir from 15 yards.The home side took firm control of the fixture with a second, nine minutes after the break. Bashir got to the end of Abalogu’s free kick to nod in from close range.Midway through the second half, Abdallah withdrew Stanley Dimgba, to hand former MFM man Onuwa his debut, much to the delight of the home fans, who gave him a standing ovation.Onuwa’s presence added bite to the home side’s attacking play, but Enyimba could not translate their dangerous attacking moves to further goals, as the duo of Stephen Chukwude and Thomas Zenke were wasteful late on.MFM would have had a consolation five minutes to time, but Akuneto had himself to blame for deciding to go solo, instead of squaring the ball through to Ohanu, who had just the goalkeeper to beat.Enyimba go top of Group A, after Kwara United and Sunshine Stars shared the spoils in IIorin. The four remaining fixtures in the group were postponed to a later date, due to continental engagements (Lobi and Rangers) and recovery time handed the newly promoted teams (Remo Stars and Bendel Insurance).NPFL RESULTSAkwa Utd 0-1 El KanemiEnyimba 2-0 MFM FC Kano Pillars 1-0 HeartlandKwara 1-1 Sunshine StarsNasarawa 1-0 Abia WarriorsPlateau Utd 0-0 IfeanyiUbahPOSTPONED MATCHESRangers v TornadoesGo Round v Kada CityLobi Stars v Katsina UtdRivers Utd v Remo Stars Wikki v Bendel InsuranceYobe Stars v Gombe UtdShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram NPFL…NPFL…NPFL…By El-Kanemi grabs first away win in UyoSeven-time champions Enyimba got their 2018/2019 NPFL season underway with a convincing two-nil win over MFM FC Lagos at the Enyimba International Stadium, Aba on Sunday.