It was the penultimate games in the Nigeria Professional Football League and desperation were in the air from teams.
Some much at stake, from title chase to relegation battles to continental tickets. The coordinating body of the league slept on this as controversial calls flew from centres to centres.
After Matchday 37, we have some serious and critical talking points;
A record 13 penalty kicks were awarded across 10 centres in the MD37 games in the league. That’s a league record since anything called a league started in Nigeria.
Katsina United benefited the most penalty kicks as they got 3 while relegation strugglers, Sunshine Stars and Rivers United got 2 while Kano Pillars, Wikki Tourist, Shooting Stars, Enyimba FC, Rangers and Lobi Stars got 1 each.
It was indeed a penalty festival in the NPFL Matchday 37.
MFM FC SECURE CAF CL TICKET
After 13 years, continental football returns to Lagos and all glory to the hardwork of MFM FC. Just 2 years in top flight and they secured a CAF Champions League tickets due to result from other centre.
MFM FC can go a step further to win the title if they can record an away win against El-Kanemi Warriors and pray that league leaders, Plateau United slip at home against Rangers FC.
Matchday 38 will be epic.
PLATEAU UNITED HANG ON
A win at home against Rangers who can still be relegated by calculation will secure the first title ever for the Jos side. In our books, Plateau United deserve the title as they have picked up the maximum points away from home.
MFM FC, who are bad traveler will face El-Kanemi and they need to win and pray for any results but a win for Plateau United.
It will a long 90minutes for both teams in matchday 38.
Its no longer news that Remo Stars and Gombe United will be playing the National League next season and 2 more clubs to go down.
Mathematically, 10 teams could still go down and we have some games on our hands ahead of the final day of the NPFL.
See table below;