Never in the recent time has the participating teams fought till the last match to know if they will pick promotion or demotion tickets to play either in the lucrative Nigeria Premier League, NPL or the amateur league next season than it will be witnessed when the Nigeria National League, NNL ends on Saturday, 31 August, 2013. As all the teams in Groups A and B gear up to play the final round of matches of the 2012/13 season, only Giwa Football Club have gained promotion to the NPL elite division next season, while four other clubs will have to wait for the last blast of the whistle on Saturday to know if they will join Giwa to play in the Premier League next season. However,the teams with good chances of picking the remaining three tickets are Abia Warriors, that will need a home win to top Group B even as Crown FC of Ogbomosho and Remo Babes are hot on the heels to join the big boys party. Also, Ranch Bees, FC Taraba; Plateau United and Kaduna-based DSS FC are struggling to go through with Giwa in Group A.
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In the same vain there is also fierce battle to avoid relegation to the amateur rank, as teams go to the final battle to win to escape relegation to the less fancied third tier league.
Among the troubled teams are Adamawa United and Niger Tornadoes; Prime FC and Rising Stars FCin Groups A and B respectively. The above scenario has made the final matches of the NNL very unpredictable for each club would not know their faith until the end of the game especially the table toppers and backbenchers alike.
Meanwhile, NNL chairman, Chief Emeka Inyama has reiterated the resolve of his board to ensure that the competition ends on a good note to crown all the hard work that the management staff, board members, the media and clubs have put in the league this season.
“I have no doubt in my mind that we shall see a perfect ending of the league with the logistics deployed to ensure a flawless handling of the final matches nationwide”, Inyama boasted.