Plateau United have been crowned the new champions of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) interestingly for the first time ever subsequent to beating Enugu Rangers 2-0 on Saturday evening at the Rwang Pam Stadium in Jos.
The Kennedy Boboye led side led on the league table for a long stretch of the season with MFM FC nearly trailing with a point up to the last day of the season. The Saturday fixture was set for a troubled finish to the league with eyes on Maiduguri where MFM FC played El-Kanemi Warriors and Jos where Plateau United hosted Enugu Rangers.
The Peace Boys from Jos, first-time winners of the NPFL, were able to beat the incumbent champions Enugu Rangers 2-0 on Saturday with goals from Emeka Umeh and Benjamin Turba.
The Jos team needed the win to keep off the trailing MFM who are leading by just a single point and any slip would have gifted the Olukoya Boys the trophy.
Be that as it may, MFM, then again, were given a 1-2 crush by Laddan Bosso-led El Kanemi Warriors of Maiduguri in the Match Day 38 game.
After 38 grueling and jaw-dropping league games, Plateau United amassed 66 points altogether to become the 19th Nigeria League champions.
Beside the mammoth trophy they lifted on Saturday, Plateau United additionally stashed N50m having finished as champions. They will represent Nigeria next year CAF Champions League alongside Fidelis Illechukwu led side MFM FC.
Congrats to Plateau United for a merited win of the league without precedent for their history.
Meanwhile. MFM gaffer Illechukwu said that the Jos led side were worthy champions of the league.
“They are worthy champions and we congratulate them for their feat, they worked for the crown and it is theirs.
“We also have the same ambition but it is over, for now, maybe next time we will try,” he said.
Also, MFM Spokesman, Olawale Quadri, described the 2016/2017 season as great, adding that the team had accomplished its target.
“For us it is a great season because nobody gave us the chance and at the end of the day we are able to secure a continental ticket.
“We are excited getting the ticket and we promise Lagos fans a lot of surprises. For the continental ticket, we will ensure that we do well to please our fans.
“The management has promised to recruit more experienced players to prosecute the continental campaign and challenge well, I believe we will be good representatives in the continental campaign next season.
“Ultimately, recruitment of new players will be the major task ahead of the team management for now,” he said.
Plateau United wrapped up the last day match with a win which earned them the NPFL trophy with 66 points, while MFM came second are with 62 points. NAN