Enugu Rangers  have won the Nigeria Professional Football League title to cap a fairytale season, with Rivers United’s failure to beat Abia Warriors meaning the Flying Antelopes can no longer be caught.

Imama Amapakabo’s men could have waited for the last game of the season against El Kanemi Warriors on October 2, but Rivers United were held to a 0-0 draw by relegation-threatened Abia Warriors, while Wikki Tourists lost 1-0 against Shooting Stars

The Flying Antelopes lead closest challengers, River United by three points but with superior goals difference, and it will be an impossible mission for Stanley Eguma’s men to record a 5-0 away at Akwa United on the last day– having in mind that they have struggled away from home this season.

The turn of events leaves the Coal city outfit with a near unassailable 60 points and a +12 goals difference, meaning that coach Imama Amakapabo and his boys can now celebrate a well-won league title after many years of heart break and near misses.

Heartland and Plateau 

Heartland FC has written to the League Management Company (LMC) communicating their decision to withdraw an earlier rejection of the Summary Jurisdiction Notice issued the club for abandoning their Match Day 38 fixture in Jos against Plateau United.

Plateau United had earlier accepted a Summary Jurisdiction which fined the club One million Naira (N1m) for the unruly conduct of their supporters who three objects into the field of play in violation of Rules B13.18 of the Framework and Rules

The LMC had in the aftermath of the match charged Heartland with breach of Rule B13.26 of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) Framework and Rules which makes it an offence for a club to refuse continuation of play during a match.

Heartland was fined Three Million Naira (N3m) and forfeiture of the three points and three goals to their opponent, Plateau United. Heartland players had abandoned the match in protest to the match referee's decision with scores at 1-1.

In their letter dated October 11, General Manager of Heartland FC, Oscar Keke said the club had reconsidered their position in an October 7, 2016 letter rejecting the charge and decision of the LMC.

"Our earlier letter on the above dated October 7 refers. We have reconsidered our position and hereby submit to the board's jurisdiction thereof".

The club further apologised for inconveniences their earlier position might have caused the League.

Heartland thus ended the season on 18th position with 36 points and stand relegated to the Nigeria National League (NNL)
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