ENYIMBA have won the 2023 Nigeria Premier Football League title after a 1-1 draw with Rivers United in the final match of the NPFL Championship play-offs in Lagos tonight.
The Aba club, coached by former Super Eagles winger Finidi George, edged ahead of Remo Stars and Rivers United to win their first NPFL title since 2019 on goal difference.
All the three teams finished on nine points from five play-off matches, with Enyimba ahead on goal difference of plus four.
Remo Stars finished second with a plus three goal difference, while last year’s champions River United are third with a plus two difference.
Enyimba needed a draw to secure the title and they took the lead tonight at the Mobolaji Johnson Arena through Ekene Awazie five minutes before half-time.
Nyima Nwagua pulled Rivers United level just three minutes into the second half but the People’s Elephant held on to win their first trophy under Nigerian legend Finidi.
Along with the glittering trophy and a cash reward of N100 million, Enyimba also earned a ticket to the CAF Champions League, the competition they won in 2003 and 2004.
Remo Stars, who defeated Bendel Insurance 2-1 in the afternoon kick-off, will also play in Africa’s elite club football competition next season for the first time.
Rivers United will play in the CAF Confederation, the competition in which they reached the quarter-finals this year.
Sunshine Stars came fourth with five points after defeating Lobi Stars 3-1 in the early kick-off.
Bendel Insurance, who went through the abridged season unbeaten in 18 matches, finished in a disappointing fifth spot with just three points.
The Edo Gunners drew their first three matches in the play-offs to extend their record unbeaten record to 21 but lost the final two to Rivers United and Remo Stars.
Lobi finished bottom of the standings with just two points, drawing twice and losing three times.