Plateau United wins the League
MFM picks CAF Champions League Ticket
Eyimba picks the Confederation Cup Ticket
Tony Okpotu emerges the highest goal scorer with 19 goals
Shooting Stars, ABS, Gombe United and Remo Stars relegated
Plateau United of Jos have been crowned champions of the 2017 Nigeria Professional Football League following their 2-0 win against former champions Rangers on the final matchday of the season in Jos on Saturday. It is Plateau United’s first ever Nigerian league title in their history.
Plateau United needed an outright win to guarantee the title irrespective of what MFM played away to El-Kanemi Warriors, and they deservedly took the lead in the 25th minute through Emeka Umeh.
And in the 85th minute, Benjamin Turba made sure of the win by making it 2-0 to Plateau United.
The win saw Plateau finish the season on 66 points and will represent Nigeria at next season’s CAF Champions League.
Plateau United which began the season with 2-1 away victory to Remo Stars in Shagamu was at the top of the NPFL log for 34 weeks.
In Maiduguri, title contenders MFM could not wrest top spot from Plateau as they lost 2-1 to El-Kanemi Warriors.
Ibrahim Babangida opened scoring for El-Kanemi as early as the sixth minute but Stanley Okorom gave MFM hope by converting a 37th minute penalty.
Two minutes into added time, Yahuza Bala converted a penalty and put the game beyond the Olukoya Boys and further helped the aspiration of Plateau United to win the league.
The defeat means MFM maintained second position on 62 points and alongside Plateau, will represent Nigeria in the CAF Champions League.
In Calabar, Enyimba confirmed their third place finish and qualification to the CAF Confederation Cup with a 1-0 win against Katsina United.
Stephen Chukwude’s 10th minute goal was enough to give Enyimba the win.
The win took Enyimba’s points tally for the season to 61.
At the Confluence Stadium in Lokoja, Shooting Stars could not get the needed win as they lost 2-0 to Niger Tornadoes thereby suffering relegation.
A goal in each half from Babawo Ibrahim and Ebenezer Odeyemi in the 12th and 60th minutes sealed 3SC’s fate.
The Fatai Amoo-led side ended the season 17th and on 50 points.
In Lafia, ABS were edged 2-1 by Nasarawa United and joined 3SC, Gombe United and Remo Stars as the four relegated teams.
And in Uyo Akwa United thrashed Kano Pillars 3-0 to finish fourth on the log on 60 points.
Musa Newman, Christian Pyagbara and Michael Ibeh were the scorers for Akwa United.
Kano Pillars finished eighth on 54 points at the end of the season.
In other games, Lobi held IfeanyiUbah to a 1-1 draw away with Anthony Okpotu scoring in the 24th minute to displaced Stephen Odey as the highest goal scorer of the league.
Abia Warriors spanked visiting Rivers United 4-1 as they need the point to escape relegation to the lower league.
The Gombe United and Wikki Tourists match was inconclusive due to violence with away team leading 1-0.
Remo Stars lost their 23rd game of the season to Sunshine Stars inside the Gateway Stadium Shagamu which further helped the aspiration of the Owena Boys to play in the elite league next season.
Total number of 22 goals were scored in the matchday 38 of the Nigeria Professional Football League.
NPFL week 38 results:
Plateau United 2 vs 0 Rangers
El-Kanemi Warriors 2 vs 1 MFM
Niger Tornadoes 2 vs 0 3SC
Enyimba 1 vs 0 Katsina United
Akwa United 3 vs 0 Kano Pillars
IfeanyiUbah 1 vs 1 Lobi
Abia Warriors 4 vs 1 Rivers United
Nasarawa United 2 vs 1 ABS
Remo Stars 0 vs 1 Sunshine Stars