NPFL final day: Enyimba, Rivers United and Kano Pillars chase continental tickets

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The tightest Nigeria Professional Football League campaign ends on Thursday evening with Enyimba, Kano Pillars, Nasarawa United, Rivers United and Kwara United still in contention for a place in Caf’s club competition.

Having played a 1-1 draw against Sunshine Stars the last time out, Enyimba face an arduous task against Dakkada FC as anything short of victory would ruin their Caf Champions League ambition.

Despite dominating ball possession and taking the lead against Owena Whales in Aba, they paid for their momentary loss of concentration as former player Ejike Uzoenyi gifted the Akure side a late equaliser.

Fatai Osho’s men have been tipped to secure all points at stake as their hosts will still finish in the middle of the log regardless of the outcome in Uyo.

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Elsewhere, second-placed Nasarawa United travel to Abia Warriors in a fixture where both teams chase contrasting ambitions.

Abia Warriors – who are in the relegation zone - must emerge victorious to guarantee their stay in the Nigeria elite division. Unbeaten in their last three league games, the Solid Miners must pick their fourth away win of the season to confirm their place in the Champions League.

Should they end up on the losing side, they are likely to have to be contented with a place in the Caf Confederation Cup due to their superior goal difference.

At the Ilorin Township Stadium, Kwara United welcome Katsina United and they have their focus fixed on a big prize.

The Afonja Warriors occupy sixth position in the Nigerian elite division log and victory at home could hand them a ticket on the continent – although the results from other centres will be considered too.

Following their failed attempt to beat Akwa United to the league title, Kano Pillars’ consolation would be a return to the continent.

An away victory over Heartland – who need just a draw to avoid demotion - would confirm this ambition.

Rivers United face an arduous task in their quest to pick a ticket to either the Champions League or Confederation Cup.

Occupying fourth position with 63 points, Stanley Eguma’s men must win at Sunshine Stars.

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Deji Ayeni’s men are in dire need of all three points to help them negotiate their way from the drop zone.
 

NPFL FIXTURES IN FULL

Abia Warriors vs Nasarawa United
Dakkada FC vs Enyimba
Enugu Rangers vs Plateau United
Heartland vs Kano Pillars
Ifeanyi Ubah FC VS Warri Wolves
Kwara United vs Katsina United
Lobi Stars vs Akwa United
MFM FC vs Jigawa Golden Stars
Sunshine Stars vs Rivers United
Wikki Tourist vs  Adamawa United