Star Football League| Rangers are awaiting NPFL Champions

NPFL By: Ayodeji Tunde | 26/09/2016

The Nigeria Professional Football League already leveraging on the partnership with STAR Lager Beer is set for a thrilling climax.

The penultimate games of the eventful season were played on Sunday and with the results Enugu Rangers are seen by many as the Champions-elect.

Here is wrap of the Match Day 37 games of the NPFL

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Ikorodu United 1-2 Enugu Rangers

Enugu Rangers International are all set to emerge as the new champions of the Nigeria Professional Football League 2015/16 season.

The Flying Antelopes secured a 2-1 win over Ikorodu United 2-1 at the MKO Abiola Stadium on Sunday to inch closer than close to ending their 32-year wait for silverware.

Obinna Nwobodo with an amazing strike and Chisom Egbuchulam with first half goals helped Rangers close in on the League title with a game left to spare against El-Kanemi next weekend.

Rangers have 60 points and would need to lose by a four-goal margin next weekend to see the League shield slip away from them, provided Rivers United meet the tall order of beating Akwa United away from home

Rivers United 0-0 Abia Warriors

Rivers United fired blanks when it mattered most as they could only manage a barren draw at home against Abia Warriors

The Garden City team were held to a goalless draw by relegation threatened Abia Warriors who had a former Dolphins star, Chizoba Amaefule captaining them on the day.


Shooting Stars 1-0 Wikki Tourists 

In Ibadan, Shooting Stars Sports Club (3SC) secured top flight status for a third successive year after Samuel Olabisi's 51st minute header gave them a 1-0 win over Wikki Tourists of Bauchi.

The result also effectively ended Tourists' slight hopes of snatching the league crown from within the grasps of the front runners.


Heartland 1-0 Kano Pillars 

In Owerri, former Heartland goalkeeper David Obiazo produced a man-of-the-match performance, but was not enough to deny the Naze Millionaires maximum points against former champions Kano Pillars.

Emeka Ogbugh scored the only goal of the game shortly after Obiazo had saved Macmarcel Obioha's spot kick.

The win takes Heartland just outside the relegation zone needing a win at Plateau United on the final day to be sure of safety.

Niger Tornadoes 3-1 MFM FC

Another team that guaranteed themselves of a further stay in the NPFL was Niger Tornadoes who dispatched MFM FC 3-1 at the Confluence Stadium in Lokoja.

In-form attacker Solomon Owello scored twice from the penalty spot in the first half before left back Gabriel Wassa took the game beyond the visitors five minutes after the interval.

Youngster Stephen Odey scored a consolation goal for the Lagosians who drop to the relegation zone and now have it all to do on the final day against Ifeanyiubah in Lagos.


FC Ifeanyi Ubah 1-0 Enyimba

FC Ifeanyi Ubah climbed into third spot after edging out deposed champions Enyimba 1-0 in the final Oriental Derby of the season in Nnewi.

Defender Isaac Loute got the winning goal and the big spenders have all to do in Lagos against MFM FC next weekend as they fight to get a spot on the continent next season

Sunshine 1-0 Warri Wolves 

A 10-man Warri Wolves side sank deeper into the relegation waters after a narrow loss at Sunshine Stars of Akure.

Pint-sized midfielder Dayo Ojo headed home the only goal of the contest just after the hour mark before Wolves skipper Goodluck Onamado was sent off later on for a second bookable offense in a game played behind closed doors.

El-Kanemi 1-0 Plateau United 

In Maiduguri, El-Kanemi Warriors made it twelve straight home wins since returning home after a hard earned 1-0 win over Plateau United.

Hussain Mohammed Bata scored the only goal of the game from the penalty spot just before the hour mark.


Nasarawa United 2-2 Akwa United 

 Nasarawa United needed a stoppage time equalizer to deny visiting Akwa United the maximum points at the Aper Aku Stadium in Makurdi.

Esosa Igbinoba put the hosts in front from the penalty spot early in the game but Akwa responded with quick fire goals from Hassan Babangida and Cyril Olisema. Akwa United then had midfielder Yusuf Adio sent off six minutes from time before their hosts pulled level with virtually the last kick of the game.