Plateau United deserved NPFL title - Akanni

Plateau United & MFM in chancy NPFL title battle

Plateau stayed glued to the top of the standings except on four occasions when MFM deposed them - on Match Days 1, 14, 16 and 18.

Plateau United look set to beat champions Enugu Rangers today for closest rivals MFM FC to be contend with runners-up place whatever the result they achieve at El Kanemi Warriors in Maiduguri.

They definitely need a win, irrespective of what happens in the game involving second-placed MFM to lay their hands on a first ever NPFL title.

The Jos club clinched the title on the last day of the season, after defeating immediate past champions Enugu Rangers 2-0 on Saturday.

"We should not expect anything from Plateau and MFM in the Champions League because to be honest the standard of the Nigerian league is poor and that is what is reflecting on our clubs' performance in CAF club competitions", Kpakor lamented.

Coach Duke Udi has turned around the fortunes of Akure club Sunshine Stars and mercurial midfielder Dare Ojo has been at the top of his game since he returned from Al Hilal of Sudan. Also, Boboye's team have failed to win in their last three league matches - a 1-1 draw at home to Rivers and two losses on the road to ABS and Wikki Tourists. "And in most cases it is the management that recruit players and only hire coaches to handle them". Seventeen of their 19 victories - 51 per cent, being the highest in the league this season - have been in Lagos.

They face an El-Kanemi side that have also turned their home ground to a fortress.

Two-time African champions Enyimba will represent Nigeria in next year's CAF Confederation Cup after they finished third, one point ahead of Akwa United. For the continental ticket, we will ensure that we do well to please our fans.



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