*3SC, Gombe, ABS and Remo go down relegation
By Olayinka Elebute, Oluwole Francis (Jos)
Plateau United FC of Jos have emerged as the worthy winners of the 2017 Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL) championship.
In their last match of the season, they beat defending champions, Rangers International FC of Enugu by 2-0 on the last day, to clinch the coveted trophy and cash of N50million.
The 2017 championship in the last few weeks was a cheek and jowl affair between the Plateau United and Lagos-based MFM FC, with just one point separating them going to the week 38 pairing.
While Plateau United earned the maximum three points to hit 66 points, MFM faded out, losing to El-Kanemi Warriors in Maiduguri 1-2. They ended the race with 62 points and a ticket to also play in the continent next season.
Both Plateau United and MFM will automatically represent Nigeria at the CAF Champions Cup.
Enyimba International FC of Aba came third with 61 points and Akwa United FC of Uyo came fourth with 60 points.
It was the first time that Plateau United have won the League. They are the 19th champions of the competition. And the victory is significant as they were promoted into the premier league last season.
Shooting Stars FC of Ibadan, Abubakar Bukola Saraki FC of Ilorin, Gombe United and Remo Stars have been relegated from the premier league.
Four fresh teams will gain promotion from the National Wide League.