Rivers United Football club have emerged champions of the 2021/22 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) making it the first time the Rivers based football club will be winning the title.
Rivers united have won the title with four games to spare in the current season NPFL season.
Their emergence as champions comes after second placed Plateau United suffered a 2-1 loss to Akwa United in Uyo ending their mathematical hopes of winning the NPFL title.
The defeat was Plateau’s fifth consecutive away defeat this season.
Akwa United took an early lead in the 12th minute from David Onovo’s finish to Adam Yakubu’s assist. Five minutes after conceding, Plateau United blew up a chance from Andrew Ikefe to restore parity after he failed to connect from Haggai Katoh’s set-piece.
Plateau United eventually got an equaliser in the second half from Jesse Akila’s effort in the 52nd minute.
But when the visitors must have thought they had secured a draw, Leo Ezekiel scored from Akpesiri’s pass in the third minute of added time.
Akwa United stays in seventh place with 51 points while Plateau United maintain their second spot with 61 points.