NPFL: Rivers United crowned Champions, Remo Stars returns continental football to the South West
The 2021/2022 season of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) came to an end on Sunday with some key battles at five different match centers where the struggles for third place as well fight against the drop reaches apogee.
The battle grounds were Ikenne where Remo Stars fought a good fight by beating Niger Tornadoes 3-nil, thus sealing a place in next season's CAF Confederations Cup.
In Owerri, relegated Naze Millionaires punctured Kwara United's hope of displacing Remo Stars on the third position via a 1-loss - with a first half strike from Adejoh Ojonugwa.
Kano Pillars were already condemned to relegation following the decision of the NFF's Appeal Committee on Friday and their 2-1 win against Shooting Stars couldn't make them avoid the drop.
Meanwhile, Edith Agoye's Shooting Stars side would have the Stars in Ibadan to thank as Katsina United's 2-0 loss on the road to Wikki Tourists confirmed their safety for next season.
Dakkada achieved a big win at home thrashing Sunshine Stars 3-0 to save themselves from going down. From the relegation zone, the Uyo side found themselves three steps above the drop zone.
In a very bizarre coronation ceremony for the League champions Rivers United, Gombe United were pipped by a lone goal as a scanty Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium witnessed a very unusual maiden title celebration.
Meanwhile, Abia Warriors, who were just a step and a point above the red zone, also helped themselves dealing decisively with visiting Lobi Stars 3-0.
Matchday 38 results:
Heartland 1-0 Kwara United
Remo Stars 3-0 Niger Tornadoes
Dakkada FC 3-0 Sunshine Stars
Plateau United 1-0 Enyimba
Wikki Tourists 2-0 Katsina United
Abia Warriors 3-0 Lobi Stars
Rangers 2-0 Akwa United
Rivers United 1-0 Gombe United
Kano Pillars 2-1 Shooting Stars
MFM 0-1 Nasarawa United