NPFL FINALE – KANO PILLARS ARE CHAMPIONS AGAIN

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The 2012/2013 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) ended on Sunday with Kano Pillars retaining the league title for the second time in a row.

Despite their 2-0 defeat to Lobi Stars, Pillars finished top of the table with 63 points form 38 matches.
Aba elephants, Enyimba shot to second spot after they beat Sharks 1-0 at home to finish on 62 points.

Unlike last season, the top team was rewarded for their efforts this season with winners, Kano Pillars earning a prize money of 10 million Naira (about $62,000).

Kano Pillars and Enyimba will represent Nigeria in next year’s CAF Champions League.

Bayelsa United suffered a 1-0 defeat in Gombe to end their fantastic campaign on 61 points and also grabbed a continental ticket that means they will be representing Nigeria in the CAF Confederation Cup next season alongside Federation Cup’s runners-up, Warri Wolves.

Four teams from the elite league dropped to the lower division after failing to keep their league status.
Shooting Stars Sports Club of Ibadan (3SC) were confirmed to the second-tier league in Nigeria on Sunday when Kaduna United beat them by 2-0.

Wikki Tourists of Bauchi were also demoted in Port Harcourt when Emeka Atuloma’s solitary strike gave Dolphins the full points and ensured Wikki Tourists finish the season on 49 points.

Heartbreak for football lovers in Kwara state as their two top flight teams based in ilorin, Kwara United and Abubarka Bukola Saraki FC (ABS) failed to remain in the NPFL.

Three points garnered would have saved Kwara United but they failed to grind it out against Akwa United who also needed a point to stay up. The game ended in a one all draw, Akwa United finished with 51 point while Kwara United finished with 50 points.

Ogehenkaro Etebo’s strike confirmed ABS’ demotion with his strike in the 18th minute.

Akwa United, Nembe City, Lobi Stars and Nasarawa United all escaped the relegation scars with 52 points except for Akwa United who finished with 51 points. Nembe City and Lobi Stars beat their opponents by 2-0 respectively, while Nasarawa United engaged Heartland Fc in dogfight and pipped the Naze Millionaires by a lone goal via a spot kick which was converted by league top scorer, Victor Namo.

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Adeyemi Adesanya
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