Amidst permutations and calculations by followers of the game, this season’s Glo Nigeria Premier League, NPL, season ended on Sunday, 20 October, 2013 with Kano Pillars emerging champions once again, after match-day 38 matches were played simultaneously across the country. It was a photo-finish grand finale, as all the teams played their hearts out till the last minute before knowing their various positions on the log.
As the players were struggling to help their teams get maximum points on last day of the season, so the club officials were making frantic efforts to know how their competitors were faring at other centers.
Although, Pillars lost their last match by two goals to Lobi Stars of Makurdi, the Kano darling team retained their title having garnered 63 points from 38 matches, which was enough to grab the top prize money of N10 million.
The amount is from the total package of N50m set aside from Globacom’s sponsorship fund, as prize money for all the participating clubs by the League Management Company, LMC.
The NPL season ended with the People’s Elephant, Enyimba of Aba defeating Sharks FC of Port Harcourt 1-0 at the Aba Stadium, and claimed the second position with a total of 62 points, just a point less of what Pillars secured. The point difference among the top four clubs was so close, showing the season was very competitive.
Enyimba grabbed a CAF Champions League ticket for their effort and will also get the sum of N7.5m from the LMC, led by Nduka Irabor.
Bayelsa (61 points) and El-Kanemi (60 points) , that finished in the third and fourth positions will take home the sum of N5m and N2.5m respectively, while the other clubs would also be rewarded with cash prizes based on their positions on the table.
The relegated teams; ABS (17th) will get N1.25m, Kwara United (18th) will get N1.2m while Wikki (19th) and 3SC (20th) will also pocket N1.05m and N1m respectively.
As predicted earlier, clubs such as; Warri Wolves, Dolphins, Lobi, Gombe and Nembe City managed their ways through and escaped relegation, as they all won their last matches.