Goal.com counts down to the NPL finale

Goal.com brings to you a daily countdown on the activities of the clubs before the last matches on Friday September 7

The Kano State Government has paid another 20 percent sign on fees to the players and officials of the team. Club general manager Abba Galadinma noted that the gesture is to put the players in good condition before the last match of the season against Sunshine Stars in Ijebu Ode.
Kano Pillars will miss the sevices of two of their influential players for the last game against Sunshine Stars. Reuben Gabriel will travel with the Super Eagles for the game against Liberia and Gambo Mohammed just signed for Turkish second division side Adana Demirspor.

The club is in a confused state about what to do in the last game of the season against Jigawa Golden Stars. The Minna based side currently have 48 points and even if they beat Jigawa Stars and end up on 51 points, they may not survive the drop to the National League.
Officials of the club are praying for a miracle to survive relegation.


The Enugu side will not have the services of three of their key players for the game against Sharks. Captain James Okwuosa is in South Africa, Chikeluba Ofoedu has travelled to Turkey and Ejike Uzoenyi is in the Super Eagles team that will take on Liberia in the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers this Saturday.
Rangers media officer Foster Chime is however optimistic that they will beat Sharks and prays for favourable result in other matches that should give them the League trophy.
"Yes the players will not be in action, but we have enough strength to get the three points," Chime said.

Players of the Makurdi side are sure of clinching the Nigeria Premier League trophy after beating Kaduna United in their last game of the season. Jonah Abutu who is a midfielder with the team told Goal.com that Kaduna United will fall at home.
"Nothing will stop us from beating Kaduna United because that is the only thing remaining for us to do to lift the trophy. We are ready for the game and we will not dissapoint our supporters," said Abutu.


Nobody is sure if the Yenagoa based side will travel for the last game of the season against Abubakar Bukola Saraki. Ocean Boys have been in serious financial problems this season and would be a miracle if they go for the game.

Executive Director of Ondo State Football Agency, Mike Idoko has warned Kano Pillars that it will not be easy for them to snatch victory whe they meet in the last match of the season.
"They should not expect an easy game. We are a good side and cannot lose the game because we have a name to protect," Idoko said.


Record highest goal scorer, Jude Aneke has joined Egyptain side, Al-Masry and has been cleared by the Warri side. Media officer Timi Ebikagboro said Aneke is now a player for the Egyptian side.
"We have cleared him and he will definistely not be in action when we play against Gombe United on Friday," Ebikagboro told Goal.com.

Kwara United will need a massive win against Shooting Stars in Ilorin to escape relegation. Kwara United are on 50 points and must ensure they beat 3SC to end up on 53 points.


Dolphins are on 51 points and will play against Rising Stars and this is one game they will need to win to remain in the Premier League. 

"You can be sure that we are going to win the game and then avoid relegation. There is no way a big club like Dolphins will go down to the National League at the end of the season," Victor Ezuruike told Goal.com.


The Uyo side are confident they can beat Heartland in Owerri when they meet this Friday. Goalkeeper Femi Thomas says they will put in everything they have in that game so that they can finish on a high on the league table.

"We will approach the match with all seriousness because we need to improve our position on the league table," Thomas said.