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NPFL last day: Enyimba, Kwara United seal cafe slots while Kano Pillars and Nasarawa United stumble

It was a dramatic end to the Nigerian top flight campaign as the teams rose to fifth and sixth place to secure the final two continental tickets

Enyimba and Kwara United finished second and third respectively in the 2020-21 Nigeria Professional Football League season.

Enyimba will join Akwa United in the Caf Champions League next season, while Kwara United will take part in the Caf Confederation Cup.

The People’s Elephants defeated Dakkada 3-1 at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium on Thursday to end their four-match winning streak on the road.

Thanks to Anayo Iwuala’s doubles and Kadri Timileyin’s goal, Fatai Osho’s men ended the campaign with 66 points after 38 games – five points behind champions Akwa United.

It was another dramatic outing in Ilorin when Kwara United extended their winning streak to five games with a comfortable 3-0 win over Katsina United.

Goals from Abiodun Ayobami, Michael Ohanu and Steven Jude all secured three points for the hosts and this gave them the desired goal advantage to overtake Nasarawa United.

Although both teams are tied at 38 points after 38 games, the Harmony Boys secured a third place and qualification for the next Confederations Cup with a +1 goal difference.

Nasarawa United, who advanced to second place last season, bottled up their chance to play continental football next season with a 3-0 defeat to Abia Warriors.

The Solid Miners could not overcome their apostate form because they could not achieve a victory in their last eight games on the road.

They finished the season as the fourth best team in Nigeria’s top flight, while Kano Pillars were placed fifth after a 1-0 defeat to Heartland.

Rivers United finished in sixth place after Sunshine Stars took them to a 1-0 victory to retain their top spot. Meanwhile, Enugu Rangers, Lobi Stars, Plateau United and MFM complete the top 10 positions.

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