Will Enugu Rangers Win the NPFL this Season?
With two games left for most teams to end the season (except a few rescheduled matches here and there), there’s one question on everyone’s lips, will Enugu Rangers win the NPFL this season? It’s been 32 years since the East-siders last won the league and they are now mightily close as ever before to a historic triumph. All they need to bring this incredible achievement to fruition is to at least win one of their last two games of the season and hope other results go their way.
They play away against inform but already relegated Ikorodu United in Abeokuta this weekend and play their last game of the season at home to El Kanemi United next weekend. It will take a combination of unsavoury results of cataclysmic proportion for Rangers to lose this league.
Week 37 Matches
Heartland FC vs Kano Pillars
El Kanemi Warriors vs Plateau United
Ikorodu United FC vs Rangers Int’l FC
Sunshine Stars FC vs Warri Wolves FC
Shooting Stars FC vs Wikki Tourists FC
Rivers United FC vs Abia Warriors FC
Nasarawa FC vs Akwa United FC
FC Ifeanyi Uba vs Enyimba Int’l FC
Niger Tornadoes FC vs MFM FC
Week 38 Matches
Plateau United vs Heartland FC
Rangers Int’l FC vs El Kanemi Warriors
Warri Wolves FC vs Ikorodu United FC
Wikki Tourists FC vs Sunshine Stars FC
Abia Warriors FC vs Shooting Stars FC
Akwa United FC vs Rivers United FC
Lobi Stars FC vs Nasarawa FC
MFM FC vs FC Ifeanyi Uba
Kano Pillars vs Niger Tornadoes FC
Rangers deserve to win the leave judging from their performance this season; they have the most away points (12) and have scored the highest number of goals (47) in the league.
For Rangers to win the league
For the Flying Antelopes to win the league outrightly (and avoid all sort of permutational migraines I’m going to highlight below), they just need to beat Ikorodu Utd and the Borno Warriors. But going away to beat the resurgence Lagos boys in Abeokuta (they were recently banished to the Rock City due to crowd troubles at their Lagos home in Onikan). Ikrorodu Utd have only lost once in their last 5 games and have never lost in their new home. They recently demolished Kano Pillars by 4-1. But there are other shining paths to the golden crown;
- If Rangers draws and win their last two games, they will hope their closest challenger to the League, Rivers Utd fail to get maximum points from their last two games at home to Abia Warriors and away to Akwa United.
- If Rangers lose to Ikorodu this weekend and beat El Kanemi next weekend (which is the likeliest scenario to happen) or vice versa, they will hope Rivers Utd lose at least one of their last two games, and Wikki Tourists fail to gain maximum points from their last two games away to Shooting Stars and at home to Sunshine Stars.
- If Rangers draw both their last two games, they will hope Rivers United do not more than match their results or gain just 3 points without winning by up to a goal margin 0f 3, Wikki Tourists fail to gain maximum points in their last two games, and Ifeanyi Uba fail to match their goal difference if the Uba boys win their last two games at home to Enyimba and away to MFM.
- If the catastrophe happens, that is Rangers losing both games (El Kanemi have never won away this season), they will hope Rivers at MOST draw just one of their final two games, Wikki Tourists FAIL to win any of their final two games, Ifeanyi Uba FAIL to win their last two games (hopefully, we won’t be seeing crazy results like Ifeanyi Uba 8-0 Enyimba), and Kano Pillars fail to match the goal difference of the Antelopes in they win their final games at away to Heartland and at home to Niger Tornadoes.
Based on the possible permutations above, there are five clubs still in with a chance to pull the shiny trophy out of the mystical stone, only Rangers Int’l FC have the brightest chance by a mile to make the pull. But do they possess the mystical powers to make that destined pull?