NPFL: Insurance, El-Kanemi relegated on final day

NPFL: Insurance, El-Kanemi relegated on final day

Traditional sides Bendel Insurance and El-Kanemi Warriors were the biggest casualties on the final day of the 2018/19 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) regular season after they were relegated from Groups A and B respectively.

Insurance needed a point from their visit to Rivers United to stay afloat and held on for 80 minutes before Konan Ruffin N’gouan’s penalty condemned them to a defeat with returns the team back to the second division Nigeria National League (NNL) from where they came from this January.

In Group B, it was a classic case of anticlimax for El-Kanemi – who started the season brilliantly – losing 2-0 to Heartland and consequently relegating to the NNL. Chukwudi Nwaodu and Uche Oguchi scored both goals in the first and second half respectively to earn Heartland a stay in the NPFL.

The other matters decided on Sunday included that of season ending playoff spots from Group A and B which went to Lobi Stars, Enyimba and FC Ifeanyiubah respectively. Sunshine Stars’ 4-2 win over MFM FC meant they avoided relegation while their visitors ultimately failed to earn a top three spot.

FULL RESULTS

Group A

Sunshine 4-2 MFM FC

(Dayo Ojo 18′ PEN, 25′ PEN, 90′; Anthony Omaka 45′ – Alade Balogun 30′, Chijioke Akuneto 57′)

Wikki Tourists 1-0 Rangers International

(Manu Garba 61′)

Katsina United 2-1 Enyimba FC

(Martins Usule 35′, Tasiu Lawal 65′ PEN – Chinedu Udechukwu 90+1′)

Niger Tornadoes 0-1 Kwara United

(Afeez Nosir 40′)

Remo Stars 0-0 Lobi Stars

Rivers United 1-0 Bendel Insurance

(Konan Ruffin Ngouan 71′ PEN)

GROUP B

Yobe Desert Stars 1-2 Nasarawa United

(Adamu Ali 45+2′ – Sunusi Ibrahim 12′ PEN, 40′)

Abia Warriors 3-0 Kano Pillars

(Tunde Abdulsalami 9′, Samson Obi 52′, Emeka Isaac 60′)

Heartland FC 2-0 El-Kanemi Warriors

(Chukwudi Nwaodu 23′, Uche Oguchi 82′)

Delta Force 0-0 Plateau United

Go-Round FC 0-1 Gombe United

(Adam Mohammed 9′)

FC Ifeanyiubah 2-1 Akwa United

(Chijioke Alaekwe 31′, Christian Nnaji 79′ – Ocheme Edoh 87′)

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