Akwa Ibom State will now have Two teams plying their trade in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) following Akwa Starlets 3-0 thumping of Shooting Stars.
It can now be recorded that four teams from the Nigeria National League (NNL) have secured promotion to the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) following various victories recorded in their play-off ties on Monday, as such Akwa Starlets fans will have the cause to smile.
Akwa Starlets secures Promotion to Nigeria Professional Football League
In other words it means that the lucky four that would be campaigning in the elite division next season which are Akwa Starlet, Warri Wolves, Jigawa Golden Stars, and Adamawa United have taken the places of Niger Tornadoes, El-Kanemi, Yobe Desert Stars and Bendel Insurance who were relegated to the lower division last season.
Hear This: Akwa Starlets secured a historic promotion to the NPFL following their massive 3-0 win over Shooting Stars at the Stephen Keshi Stadium, Asaba.
Many had tipped the Ibadan side handled by Oluyole to get the promotion ticket but they were blown aside by the Akwa Ibom-based team, thanks to the incumbent Governor for support thus far.
Akwa Ibom now has two teams in the NPFL as Akwa United are also in the top division.
In another keenly-contested tie on Monday, Warri Wolves needed the lottery of penalty kicks to beat Dynamite FC 5-3 at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium, Enugu of which both teams had played a barren draw all through the regulation period.
Warri Wolves were relegated from the elite cadre in 2016 and they go back up after three years in the lower cadre.
Not only Akwa Ibom State but now Delta State also boasts of two Premier League clubs as Delta Force are also in the NPFL.
In the other encounter, Jigawa Golden Stars had to hold their nerves to beat NAF FC 3-2. It was noted that Jigawa had taken a three-goal lead before their Abuja-based opponent attempted a comeback.
With Monday’s victory, Jigawa Golden Stars are returning to the NPFL after a seven-year absence.
In the last match of the day, Adamawa United did just enough to beat FRSC 2-1 to seal their promotion to the NPFL.
Adamawa United last featured in the top division in 2006 and they would be excited with this long-awaited comeback to the NPFL.
In conclusion, the 20 teams that will be playing in the top tier of Nigerian League of 2019/2020 NPFL season are listed below
- Kano pillars
- Enugu Rangers
- Akwa united
- Lobi stars
- Ifeanyi uba Fc
- Rivers united
- Katsina united
- Nasarawa united
- Sunshine stars
- Abia warriors
- Delta Force
- Plateau united
- Wikki Tourist
- MFM FC
- Akwa starlet
- Adamawa united
- Jigawa Golden Stars FC
- Warri Wolves
The winner of second tier will be determined soon as the play off is next to expect.
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