3SC escapes Relegation
The Ibadan football club, shooting stars (3SC), on Sunday, escaped relegation with a goal difference in the just concluded Nigeria Professional Football League 2021/22 season.
The last 38 games of the season were played on Sunday with the confirmation of the four teams to be relegated, while Rivers United was crowned Champion of the league.
This concluded an intensive seven-month action-packed season-the shortest in NPFL history.
The ten games played on Sunday, July 17, produced 20 goals with nine home victories and an away win.
Rivers United ended the league as champions
Rivers United ended the league as champions with 77 points. They became the club with the highest points in an NPFL season as they defeated Gombe United by a lone goal.
Chijioke Akuneto scored from the spot for the Port Harcourt landlords in the 11th minute. Akuneto ended the season with 19 goals.
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 will qualify for the continent.
Andy Okpe’s hat-trick sealed the club’s highest points secured in an NPFL season.
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. 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.
Teams that 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 had earlier slammed the Sai Masu Gida with a three-point deduction that confirmed their relegation.
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.