Kano Pillars have qualified for the season-ending Super Six tournament following their 3-0 victory over Delta Force in their Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) matchday 21 fixture on Monday at the Sani Abacha Stadium, Kano.
Goals from Rabiu Ali in the 19th minute from the penalty spot and second-half goals from Auwalu Ali Malam and Yusuf Maigoro ensured that the former champions sealed their place in the Super Six with a game to spare.
Pillars are in the second position on the NPFL Group B table with 37 points from 21 games and they have an unassailable four-point gap ahead of third-placed Ifeanyi Ubah, who are occupying the final playoff spot.
FCIU moved to the third spot after they stunned El-Kanemi Warriors 1-0 in Maiduguri and would now have to win their final home game to confirm their place in the Super Six.
In Uyo, Akwa United and Abia Warriors played out a thrilling 2-2 draw.
The Promise Keepers have already secured one of the playoff berths in Group B but they proved a hard nut to crack for Abia Warriors, who are battling to escape relegation.
Coach Rafael Everton’s men came from behind twice to deny the visitors maximum points.
There was another four-goal thriller in Lafia, where Nasarawa United played out a 2-2 draw with Go Round.
The situation in the NPFL Group B is still delicately poised as only the top three teams are assured of their safety, with the other nine clubs still in danger of being relegated.
#NPFL19 RESULTS— League Management NG (@LMCNPFL) May 20, 2019
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