NPFL Round-up: Remo Stars punch continental ticket as Pillars, Heartland, MFM, Katsina are relegated

17/07/2022 9:27:00 PM

Rivers won the league with the highest points total in NPFL history.

NPFL Round-up: Remo Stars punch continental ticket as Pillars, Heartland, MFM, Katsina are relegated

Rivers won the league with the highest points total in NPFL history.

(NPFL) 2021/22 season were played on Sunday with the confirmation of the four teams to be relegated.Remo Stars will compete in the CAF Confederation Cup next season after finishing in the third position in the Nigeria Professional Football League.Mike Oyebola The 2021/22 Nigeria Professional Football League season will reach a climax on Sunday with matches at 10 different centres.Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) will be played simultaneously on Sunday across the country.

This concluded an intensive seven-month action-packed season-the shortest in NPFL history.The 10 games played on Sunday, July 17, produced 20 goals with nine home victories and an away win.Andy Okpe scored a hat-trick for the Remo Stars in the game.Rivers United ended the league as champions with 77 points.The race for third position which guarantees a place in the CAF Confederation Cup and relegation battle will be the major talking points.They became the club with the highest total of points in an NPFL season as they defeated Gombe United by a lone goal.Katsina United, who lost 2-0 to Wikki Tourists in Bauchi, finished in the 17th position on the table.Chijioke Akuneto scored from the spot for the Port Harcourt landlords in the 11th minute.Going into the crunch clash, 3SC are in the 14th position with 48 points while Kano Pillars, who had a three-point probationary deduction, have 42 points.

Akuneto ended the season with 19 goals.Kano Pillars and MFM have already been relegated to the Nigeria National League.Fourth-placed Kwara United, who are a point adrift face a tricky away trip to Heartland.In Ikenne, Remo Stars sealed their third position and a continental slot with a three-nil win over Tornadoes.This will be the first time in the club’s history they would qualify for the continent.Andy Okpe’s hat-trick sealed the club’s highest points secured in an NPFL season.Heartland, Dakkada, Abia Warriors, Katsina United and Shooting Stars fans all have a tough weekend ahead of them as their respective clubs go to battle on Sunday.Just like in Port Harcourt, it was a party galore at the Ikenne stadium, where Remo Stars’ fans trooped in en masse to celebrate the impressive feat Gbenga Ogunbote and his boys achieved in their debut season.Dakkada have fought gallantly in their last five games-winning three and losing two of those encounters, but they are still one point from safety.

Remo Stars broke the deadlock from the spot through Andy Okpe in the 30th minute after Stanley Okorom committed an infringement.The first half had a few lost chances on both sides with thrilling support from the fans.Remo Stars into the second half doubled the lead with Andy Okpe’s header from a Seun Ogunribide cross.Okpe completed his hat-trick in the 75th minute.Away Win MFM ended their miserable campaign on a sour note after a 1-0 home loss to Nasarawa United.With all these two other clubs’ games on the road and Dakkada playing at home against a Sunshine Stars team with nothing to lose, there could be a miraculous escape.

Although they had already confirmed their relegation, they couldn’t hold on to their pride as Chinedu Ohanachom’s 32nd-minute strike sent the Lagos-based side to the lower division for the next season.Escapees Shooting Stars had a moment to seek restitution after they escaped relegation based on goal difference.Although they lost to relegated Kano Pillars 2-1 at the Sani Abacha Stadium, Katsina United, who lost 2-0 to Wikki Tourists, faced the axe of relegation.Godspower Aniefiok scored in the first half while Rabiu Ali scored for the relegated Pillars from the spot.Also, Dakkada escaped relegation after a 3-0 victory over Sunshine Stars.Based on their past record, Heartland have more victories over Kwara United.

A brace from Edidiong Ezekiel and Aniekan Okon scored to help the Uyo-based side to see NPFL action next season.Lobi Stars and Abia Warriors also escaped relegation after Katsina United failed to hold Wikki Tourists.Abia Warriors defeated Lobi Stars 3-0 with Godwin Obaje, Valentine Odoh and an own goal from Francis Odinaka saved Imama Amapakabo’s side.Relegated After over two decades in the league, Kano Pillars kissed the top flight league bye-bye with 45 points above MFM.Although they defeated Shooting Stars it wasn’t enough as the LMC has earlier slammed the Sai Masu Gida with a three-point deduction that confirmed their relegation.They have easily gone past their regular 20 and 29 points haul in previous seasons, which is commendable.

Heartland said bye-bye to the NPFL with a 1-0 win over Kwara United in Okigwe.Kabiru Dogo’s side walloped Katsina United 2-0 to send the Northern side packing from the league.Fuad Ekeleojuoti and Ibrahim Sale scored the goals that condemned Katsina United.Results Remo Stars 3-0 Niger Tornadoes Dakkada 3-0 Sunshine Stars 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 3SC.

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