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Rangers Emerge Nigerian Champions After 32-Year Wait …. Beat Ikorodu Utd 2-1In Abeokuta

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Posted: Sep 25, 2016 at 7:27 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

Chibuike Chukwu

Lagos – There was huge celebration in Enugu after Rangers International defeated already relegated Ikorodu United 2-1 on Sunday to virtually win the 2015/2016 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) season after a 32-year wait.

With 60 points from 34 matches, the Flying Antelopes might have secured their first title after a long wait following Rivers United’s goalless draw against Abia Warriors in Port Harcourt also on Sunday.

Rivers United trail Rangers by three points with one round of matches to go. The Flying Antelopes have a +12 goals difference as against Rivers United’s +8 with the Port Harcourt side playing away to Akwa United in the last match on Sunday.

Rangers, meanwhile, will be at home to El-Kanemi Warriors of Maiduguri and need just a draw to seal off a fine run of form in the league.

Rangers took the lead in Abeokuta in the 25th minute through a ferocious shot from the 30 yards from Obinna Nwobodo. They made it two after Chisom Egbuchulam tapped at a close range from Nwobodo cross.

The result stood until Paul Duke pulled one back for Ikorodu United in the 89th minute. With the result, Rivers United will have to beat Akwa United 5-0 in Uyo and hope that Rangers lose by a lone goal in Enugu to upstage the Flying Antelopes.

Meanwhile, former league leaders, Wikki Tourists of Bauchi, lost 0-1 to Shooting Stars in Ibadan and with 54 points, they have failed in their bid to win the current league season.

In other results on Sunday, El-Kanemi Warriors saw off Plateau United 1-0 in Maiduguri while Heartland climbed out of the relegation zone after a hard-fought 1-0 win against Kano Pillars in Owerri.

IfeanyiUba upstaged Wikki Tourists to the third spot on the league after defeating dethroned champions, Enyimba of Aba, 1-0 in Nnewi. In Lokoja, Nasarawa United came from behind to salvage a point against Akwa United in a 2-2 draw.

Also on Sunday, Nigeria Tornadoes, playing at home, sank MFM 3-1, plunging the Odukoya Boys further into relegation zone, while Sunshine Stars defeated Warri Wolves 1-0, a result that put the South South side at the risk of relegation.