Star Football League| Thrilling climax as NPFL ends in style
NPFL By: Ayodeji Tunde | 03/10/2016
The Nigeria Professional Football League ended in style on Sunday as Enugu Rangers were officially crowned the Nigeria League champions for the 2015/16 season.
For many, it was exciting to see the champion emerge on the final day as well as the battle for Continental tickets and relegation fight all going to the wire.
It was not surprising that all attention was at 'The Cathedral' where Rangers' coronation was done.
Interestingly also, the official beer partner for NPFL, STAR LAGER BEER were also in town to give fans a memorable weekend.
FCNaija gives a wrap of the final day of action in the NPFL which expectedly produced winners and also losers.
Rangers 4-0 El-kanemi
The Flying Antelopes needed a point to put the title beyond the reach of closest rivals, Rivers United.
However, Coach Imama Amakapabo’s charges turned on style as they did not settle for less.
A hat-trick from Chisom Egbuchulam and Osas Okoro ensured that triumph in a capacity-filled Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium in Enugu.
Sadly however, an horrendous leg break by Rangers striker,Ifeanyi Egwim against Elkanemi marred what would have been a big title celebration.
Akwa United 1-2 Rivers United
Rivers United capped off a remarkable season on Sunday with a stunning 2-1 win over Akwa United at the Akwa Ibom International Stadium, Uyo.
The Port Harcourt club started the day in second place and knew they had to win to guarantee themselves a place on the continent.
Obomate Frederick and Guy Kuemian scored for Rivers United either side of half time while Fortune Omoniwari claimed the consolation for the visitors.
Wikki Tourists 2-0 Sunshine Stars
Wikki Tourists snuffed out Sunshine Stars' hopes of a Continental place with a 2-0 win, finally latching onto a prize that eluded them last season.
Last season, they failed to qualify for the Confederation Cup after they were pipped by Nasarawa United on goals difference.
Though not on target on the final day, Wikki also produced the season’s Goal King, Godwin Obaje, who scored 18 goals
Kano Pillars 1-1 Niger Tornadoes
Kano Pillars surprisingly had a share of the spoils with visiting Niger Tornadoes.
Adamu Mohammed had nodded the Sai Masu Gida in front but Ifeanyi Okoye fetched Tornadoes a first away point of the season with just a quarter of an hour left to play.
Minutes after the game. news filtered in that Coach Baba Ganaru has quit his position as Pillars coach
MFM FC 1-0 FC Ifeanyi Ubah
A final day victory for MFM FC proved just enough to guarantee the Lagos based team top flight football after seeing off FC Ifeanyi Ubah 1-0 at the Agege stadium on Sunday.
A mid season slump affected the Olukoya Boys as dropped points at home and a poor away record combined to see them struggle through successive match days but a first half strike by Stanley Okorom settled matters against the Anambra Warriors despite playing the final 57 minutes of the encounter with ten men.
Warri Wolves 1-0 Ikorodu United
Warri Wolves narrowly lost out on the League title last season but the fortunes of the Seassiders nosedived in a mind-bugling fashion this term.
It was depressing in Warri as Wolves' 1-0 win over relegated Ikorodu United could not prevent their drop into the lower cadre.
Unpaid salaries, exodus of players and coaches going and coming were the hallmark of Warri Wolves in the just ended season.
For once, the popular saying that 'Warri no dey carry last' was proved wrong as the pride of Delta now have to rub shoulders in the lower cadre.
Abia Warriors 2-1 Shooting Stars
Abia Warriors needed a point to be sure of safety and a 2-1 win over Shooting Stars took care of business, guaranteeing top flight football for another season for the Umuahia-based side.
Interestingly, one of the Okoro brothers Stanley was on target in the game as Stanley also did in the Rangers game.
Plateau United 1-1 Heartland (Inconclusive)
Heartland needed three points away in Jos to be safe and looked sure to do it when Roland Koffi fired them ahead in the first half.
But Bright Silas restored parity just after the interval.
The game would be abandoned by the visitors with about ten minutes left on the clock and the league managers will decide what becomes of the result.
Lobi Stars 2-0 Nasarawa United
Though with no significance as it were, Lobi Stars ended their season on a high; beating Nasarawa United 2-0 in Makurdi as the curtain fell on a truly memorable and exciting 2015/2016 Nigerian Professional Football League season.
Lobi ended in 5th place while Nasarawa settled for 10th spot.