Rangers International of Enugu have ‘unofficially’ emerged as the champions of the Nigeria Professional Football League for the 2015/16 season.
The Flying Antelopes beat Ikorodu United 2-1 away from home at the MKO Abiola Stadium on Sunday to end their 32-year wait for silverware.
Obinna Nwobodo with a stunning strike and Chisom Egbuchulam scored first half goals to help Rangers clinch the league title with a game left to spare.
Wikki Tourists and Rivers United who were all in the hunt for the league shield also failed to get the desired results in their respective games.
While Wikki lost 1-0 in Ibadan against Shooting Stars, Rivers United lost the initiative as they could only play a barren draw at home against Abia Warriors.
Rangers with the win in Abeokuta have an unassailable 60 points.
Even if they lost their last game at home next weekend against El-Kanemi, Rivers United the only team capable of getting to 60 points will have to beat Akwa United by as much as a 5-goal margin to overtake Rangers at the top. Rivers have not beaten any team by such margin this season
In other key games on Sunday, Heartland beat Kano Pillars 1-0 to move out of the relegation zone going into the last round of games.
MFM FC were however not so lucky as they lost 3-1 to Niger Tornadoes
Matchday 37 results
Ikorodu 1-2 Rangers
Nasarawa 2-2 Akwa
Sunshine 1-0 Wolves
Heartland 1-0 Pillars
Tornadoes 3-1 MFM
Rivers Utd 0-0 Abia Warriors
Ifeanyiubah 1-0 Enyimba