UPDATE: How Rangers emerged champions-elect of Nigeria League


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

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  • cheky

    Up Rangers! Congrats!!

  • UOU

    Up Rangers!!!! Holy Holy Holy Holy, Enugu Rangers is another Champion!!!

  • akintundemuyiwa

    Rangers are close to it but they haven’t won the title yet. Going into the last Matchday, Rangers have 60 points and a plus 12-goal advantage, while Rivers United have 57 points and plus eight-goal advantage. Rangers will host El-Kanemi Warriors, while Rivers United are away to Akwa United. It’ll no doubt amount to a tsunami if Rangers lose in front of their home fans, but a match is not won until it has been played. If Rangers unexpectedly lose and Rivers United win and also cancel the four-goal advantage Rangers have over them, the title will go to Port Harcourt and not Enugu.