Enyimba FC performed arguably their finest soccer on the final day of the 2020/2021 Nigeria Professional Football League season however they should wait to verify their place on the desk resulting from a late ruling by the Nigeria Football Federation Disciplinary Committee.
Just earlier than the ultimate day motion, the committee decided on the pending case between Jigawa Golden Stars and Rivers United. They awarded three factors and three objectives to Rivers United who contested in opposition to using an ineligible participant by the hosts on matchday 34.
The League Management Company (LMC) had earlier dominated that it was their administrative error however Rivers United didn’t settle for it and needed to protest.
The determination by the NFF Disciplinary Committee has opened one other battle for the highest place as a result of both Enyimba or Kwara United will lose out of the highest three. Drama!
Back to the ultimate day motion. Enyimba, Nasarawa United, Kano Pillars, Rivers United and even Kwara United had been contending for the place on the ultimate day of the season and it made it an intense battle for the ticket. In the tip, the People’s Elephant clinched it after beating Dakkada FC 3-1 in Uyo. It’s their fifth away win of the season. The highest recorded by any workforce this season.
Under 25 minutes of play, the guests had been two objectives up. They performed purposeful soccer. The goal was clear and people early objectives had been essential. Anayo Iwuala and Samad Kadiri scored the objectives for coach Fatai Osho’s workforce. Four minutes after the second aim was scored, Musa Basiru pulled one again for the hosts.
Anayo Iwuala was busy and efficient with the ball, inflicting all kinds of confusion in Dakkada’s defence line. He lastly secured his brace within the 78th minute and that sealed victory for Enyimba and second place within the league with 66 factors. Six factors behind league champions, Akwa-United who misplaced 2-1 at Lobi Stars. Dakkada FC ended their marketing campaign with 50 factors and occupied the eleventh place on the log.
Kano Pillars dropped to fifth place after dropping 1-0 to Heartland FC of Owerri. Kelechi Chimezie’s aim made the distinction. Sai Masu Gida had hopes of securing continental soccer however they missed it with only a level. They completed the marketing campaign with 64 factors whereas Heartland FC had been positioned thirteenth with 48 factors.
In Makurdi, league champions, Akwa United obtained a guard of honour from Lobi Stars however acquired no love on the pitch as they misplaced 2-1. But the sport meant all the things for Charles Atshimene who scored from the spot within the thirty fourth minute to register his 18th aim of the season. Chinonso Okonkwo and Austin Ogunye scored for coach Kabiru Dogo’s workforce to safe their seventeenth win and eighth place on the desk.
In Enugu, Rangers International Football Club wrapped up their marketing campaign with a 2-0 win over Plateau United to occupy seventh place. The Flying Antelopes had an honest season however coach Salisu Yusuf would have cherished a top-four end.
Kwara United, shock package deal of the season, ended their marketing campaign with a formidable 3-0 win over Katsina United. Goals from Ayobami Mutiu, Michael Ohanu and Jude Stephen gave the Harmony Boys a grand end. They didn’t lose a house sport. Coach Abdullahi Biffo’s workforce gained 19 matches, gathered 65 factors and can wait to know if they may play continental soccer subsequent season. Katsina United completed in 12 place with 49 factors.
Nasarawa United had hopes of ending the season in second place however a 3-1 defeat to Abia Warriors knocked them to 4th on the log however tied on 65 factors with Kwara United. The Solid miners additionally pulled some surprises this season; they performed breathtaking soccer, scored 55 objectives however couldn’t survive the stress on the prime. The Warriors had been enjoying to safe their league standing and approached the sport with clear intentions of getting victory.
Man on hearth Chukwuebuka Obioma opened scoring for the hosts as early as seven minutes into the match. Daniel Wotila doubled the lead simply earlier than half time whereas Fatai Abdullahi made it three within the closing minutes of added time. But Silas Nwankwo, who emerged the best goalscorer this season with 18 objectives, wrapped up his unbelievable marketing campaign scoring the one aim for the Solid Miners. Akwa United’s Charles Atshimene additionally scored 18 objectives this season however the rule states that the participant with the least variety of objectives scored from the penalty spot will get the award.
Abia Warriors suffered a devastating begin to the season and didn’t document a win till matchday 8 (third February 2021), a 4-1 victory over Sunshine Stars on the Okigwe stadiums. It was actual wrestle for Coach Imama Amapakabo’s workforce to outlive the drop. Towards the tip of the season, they misplaced six video games in a row however needed to decide themselves again as much as keep away from relegation. With 47 factors, The Warriors completed the season in 14th place.
Before the ultimate day motion, Adamawa United and FC Ifeanyi Ubah had been already relegated. Two extra groups will be part of them to go away the league. So, Sunshine Stars, Warri Wolves, Jigawa Golden Stars and Wikki Tourists engaged in a fierce battle for survival.
In Akure, Ejike Uzoenyi took his fantastic type to the final day of the season and scored a vital aim that gave Sunshine Stars a 1-0 victory over Rivers United. It was a valuable win for the hosts as a result of it stored their league standing. The Owena Whales had a tough season, going 19 video games and not using a win. Coach Gbenga Ogunbote needed to stop the job. But the Akure Gunners discovered a strategy to flip it round and can hope a greater efficiency subsequent season.
After dropping three factors by way of the NFF Disciplinary Committee ruling and dropping 2-0 to MFM FC, Jigawa Golden Stars acquired relegated. Oladayo Alabi and Izu Chimezie scored the objectives that gave the Olukoya Boys a candy finish to their marketing campaign. Coach Olalekan Gabriel’s workforce completed tenth with 51 factors.
Warri Wolves misplaced 1-0 to relegated FC Ifeanyi to finish the relegation record. It has been a topsy-turvy season for the Wolves whose main goal was to remain within the prime flight. Sadly, they’ve returned to the place they got here from.
Wikki Tourists prevented the drop with a 2-0 win over relegated Adamawa United. Goals from Hassan Musa and Yahaya Nazifi stored them within the protected zone.
NIGERIA PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE
Dakkada FC 1 Enyimba FC 3
Heartland FC 1 Kano Pillars 0
Lobi Stars 2 Akwa United 1
Rangers Int’l FC 2 Plateau United 0
Kwara United 3 Katsina United 0
Abia Warriors 3 Nasarawa United 1
Sunshine Stars 1 Rivers United 0
MFM 2 Jigawa Golden Stars 0
FC Ifeanyi Ubah 1 Warri Wolves 0
Wikki Tourists 2 Adamawa United 0
FC Ifeanyi Ubah
Jigawa Golden Stars