FINAL DAY’S BOILING POINTS IN THE GLO NPFL

By Zazi Bariza

Ten games will be decided as the curtain falls on the 2014/2015 season of the Glo Nigeria Professional Football League on Sunday.

It promises to be all fireworks as nine of the games will involve teams either hoping for continental places or fighting to beat the drop. These sides have had to wait until final match day to know what they will be involved in next season- continental football or sojourn in the lower league.

The only game in which there will be nothing of significance to be contested is the one at Illorin between already relegated Kwara United and 10th placed Ifeanyi Uba FC.

Here, we take you through some of the fixtures that fans of the league cannot take their eyes off because of their significance. We call them the boiling points of the final day.

NASARAWA UNITED VS GIWA FC (LAFIA TOWNSHIP STADIUM, LAFIA)

With the second CAF Champions League ticket likely to be claimed by Warri Wolves, Nasarawa United and Giwa FC are among four teams that will jostle for the only CAF Confederation Cup Ticket available via the league.

Nasarawa United have not lost at home this season and will hope to crown their impressive campaign with a place on the continent.

Giwa FC presently have the advantage with 63 points, against Nasarawa’s 60; but an inferior goal aggregate means that a win for United will see them topple the boys from Jos into 3rd spot, subject to the outcome of the game in Lagos between Sunshine Stars and Enyimba.

Sunshine Stars need to win in Lagos against Enyimba and hope for a Nasarawa United win to finish in 3rd place.

But a draw in that game will see Giwa FC firmly in 3rd place.


WIKKI TOURIST VS KANO PILLARS (TAFAWA BELEWA STADIUM, BAUCHI)

Kano Pillars have nothing but pride and money to play for in this game. After three successive conquests in the league, present coach, Baba Ganaru, knows his team cannot finish above 7th   position, but would need a result to ensure they do not drop lower on the table.

For Wikki Tourists, there is everything to play for. In order to claim a place on the continent, they will have to beat Pillars by up to four goals and hope Nasarawa United beat Giwa by just a goal.

Wikki Tourist will also be praying that Sunshine Stars do not beat Enyimba in Lagos

Win or lose, the people of Bauchi state will certainly be proud of the achievement of their darling team who have shown remarkable consistency after just returning to the top flight this season.

SUNSHINE STARS VS ENYIMBA (TESILIM BALOGUN STADIUM, LAGOS)

This game would have been inconsequential if not that Sunshine Stars got a goal in the last seven minutes of their rescheduled encounter against Lobi Stars on Wednesday thus ending the encounter 1-1.

This results means Sunshine Stars are on 60 points and have a chance to finish in 3rd place if and only if they beat Enyimba in Lagos and Giwa FC fail to get a point in Lafia.

Permutations, permutations, permutations


AKWA UNITED VS LOBI STARS (GODSWILL AKPABIO STADIUM, UYO)

Lobi Stars will go into this game with no fear of relegation on their minds. Their impressive 2-0 defeat of Enugu Rangers in Makurdi over the weekend meant that the Benue State based outfit stand no risk of being relegated as they have gathered 49 points this season, 5 above the drop zone.

For them, the match would be a mere dress rehearsal for the Federation Cup final on November 22 in Lagos.

Contrarily, the case is different for the home side, Akwa United. They go into match day 38 in 17th position on the log, and will have to count on their somewhat decent home record this season to pick all three points in the make or mar encounter.

The scary reality before them is that they do not have their hopes entirely in their hands as away wins for Sharks and Dolphins FC at Umuahia and Ibadan respectively could render every effort at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium fruitless.

SHOOTING STARS VS DOLPHINS FC (LEKAN SALAMI STADIUM, IBADAN)

With a victory for Akwa United over Lobi Stars not unlikely, Dolphins FC will have their work cut out when they travel to Ibadan to take on Shooting Stars.

Presently tied on points with Akwa United, Dolphins are only ahead by virtue of superior goals aggregate.

Except Akwa United win by as much as 10 goals, a win of any shade for the Port Harcourt based outfit will ensure topflight football next season.

A troubling fact for Dolphins is that they are one of the four teams yet to win on the road this term, but the desperation of the final day could inspire a novelty.

ABIA WARIORS VS SHARKS (UMUAHIA TOWNSHIP STADIUM)

Like their city rivals, Dolphins, the thing for Sharks is that they have their destiny in their hands.

All Sharks need to do against Abia Warriors on Sunday is to win.

Unlike their city rivals who have not won an away game in 2 seasons, Sharks have actually won on the road twice this term, against Bayelsa United and Kwara United.

Abia Warriors on the other hand have nothing to play for, except pride in this one.


The certainties

A few things are certain as far as the League is concerned.

Enyimba are the champions; Kwara United, FC Taraba and Bayelsa United have been relegated.

The fans can enjoy the last day of football as the drama will be high octane on the day





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