3 October 2016
Rangers International of Enugu has been crowned the 2015/2016 Season Champions of the Nigerian Professional Football League.
The Flying Antelopes demolished El-Kanemi Warriors of Maiduguri by 4 – 0 in the last match of the season to end 32 years of title drought.
Prior to Sunday’s match, Enugu Rangers needed a point to be crowned champions following an away victory against Ikorodu United in their week 37 tie.
With 53 points from 38 matches, Rangers finished first ahead of the other 19 competing clubs and 3 points ahead of second placed Rivers United.
Elsewhere at the Agege Stadium in Lagos, MFM football club survived two major scary moments to remain in the top flight. The Olukoya boys defeated big spenders FC Ifeanyi Ubah 1 – 0 to take their points to 45 and ensure they stay aloft.
Former Nigerian Golden Eaglets International, Stanley Okoro, put the home team ahead in the 23rd minute but a major scare happened 10 minutes later when the club’s main striker, Ifeanyi Ifeanyi, was sent off. The decision was greeted with protests from fans and players.
That wasn’t to be the only scare on the day as the second came when the visitors were awarded a penalty kick.
Thanks to a poor kick, the visitors failed to convert the penalty and went on to have a man sent off two minutes later. MFM held firm to run away with the 1 – 0 victory in a very tense encounter.
With the win, MFM FC survived relegation on goal difference tally after being tied on the same point with Heartland who played 1 – 1 with Plateau United in Jos.
The Lagos-based club will now be joined by Remo Stars FC of Ijebu-Ode in the top flight division next season while Ikorodu United will compete at the lower division.
Enugu Rangers 4 – 0 El-Kanemi Warriors
Wikki Tourists 2 – 0 Sunshine Stars
Kano Pillars 1 – 1 Niger Tornadoes
MFM FC 1 – 0 FC IfeanyiUbah
Akwa United 1 – 2 Rivers United
Abia Warriors 2 – 1 Shooting Stars
Lobi Stars 2 – 0 Nasarawa United
Warri Wolves 1 – 0 Ikorodu United
Plateau United 1 – 1 Heartland
Author: Timilehin Boyinde
Oluwatimilehin Boyinde is a research writer and a social media strategist. A public affairs analyst, he writes about history, politics, sports, life matters and technology. He is passionate about happenings in Local and international political arenas. He is an avid Manchester United fan and an unapologetic Nigerian.