Takeaways From NPFL Super 6

Enyimba claimed a record-extending ninth Nigeria Premier League title following a 1-1 draw against Rivers United on Sunday June 11 in the final fixture of the NPFL Super Six playoffs at the Mobolaji Johnson Arena in Onikan, Lagos.

The People’s Elephant and second-placed Remo Stars will participate in next season’s CAF Champions League while Rivers United finished third to secure a CAF Confederations Cup ticket.

Here are some takeaways from the just concluded NPFL Super Six Playoffs.

  1. The IMC must be commended for putting up a graceful showpiece. The mileage of the playoff is immeasurable.
  2. The level of officiating was much improved, and the match officials proved that greater days are coming for the league.
  3. Of the six teams, Remo Stars is the youngest in terms of age, but the club stood tall to more illustrious opponents.
  4. Rivers United vs Remo Stars, Enyimba vs Rivers United and Remo vs Insurance were the most entertaining matches of the Super 6.
  5. It was the first time the top three teams will end the season with the same number of points.
  6. The IMC now has the onerous task of sustaining and raising the stakes for the league. The N100m winner’s payout is novel and huge.
  7. Finidi George has now joined the exclusive club of ex-internationals who have won domestic league in Africa as a coach.
  8. Kudos to Enyimba, Remo, and Rivers United for fighting till the last day, and all three teams will meet again next season.

Standings

  1. Enyimba Int’l 9pts (+4 GD) – Champions 🏆
  2. Remo Stars 9pts (+3 GD)
  3. Rivers United 9pts (+2 GD)
  4. Sunshine Stars 5pts (-2 GD)
  5. Bendel Insurance 3pts (-2 GD)
  6. Lobi Stars 2pts (-5 GD)

Nigeria’s Representatives in 2023/24 CAF Competitions:

CAF Champions League:

  • Enyimba International
  • Remo Stars SC

CAF Confederation Cup:

  • Rivers United
  • Rangers/Bendel Insurance (Federation Cup final)

Credit: Olalekan Ige

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