The 2017 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) ended on Saturday, with Plateau United winning the league, but two days after, two teams are yet to know their standing on the table.
Shooting Stars Sports Club (3SC) of Ibadan and Wikki Tourists of Bauchi are yet to know if they have been relegated to the NNL or not.
Four teams are supposed to be relegated as shown in the table below:
Both teams have 50 points each but Wikki Tourists could have finished ahead of Shooting if they won their match against Gombe United.
That match was disrupted on Saturday by irate Gombe United fans and up till Monday, no official position has been taken on the outcome of the match which Wikki was leading with a goal up.
Reports had it after the Saturday string of final matches, that Shooting stars had been relegated. The Ibadan side lost 0-2 to Niger Tornadoes on Saturday in Lokoja to finish 17th on the league table.
But the management of 3SC has insisted that the team is yet to be relegated to the lower division.
A press statement issued by the club’s Media Officer, Jubril Arowolo, reads: “The entire Shooting Stars FC appreciate the concerns of all about our 0-2 loss to #NigerTornadoes yesterday but we still await the final outcome of Gombe United-Wikki abandoned tie ( the game was disrupted in 27 minutes of play) before our final standing. On a clear term, we are not relegated yet, thanks.”
The Gombe/Wikki game was suspended at the 26th minute after the home fans (Gombe) invaded the pitch, hauling missiles at players and officials. It took the intervention of security operatives for players and officials to leave safely.
Before the game was halted, Wikki Tourists were one goal up courtesy a 23rd minute own goal by a Gombe United player Maurice Chihozie, who headed the ball into his own net.
The League Management Company is yet to take a stand on the situation.