NPFL Endgame: The die is cast

The die is cast for the 2017 Nigeria Professional Football League title race.

After 37 match days and 370 games across the country, it is down to a two horse race between Plateau United of Jos and MFM FC of Lagos.
Plateau, led by coach Kennedy Boboye leads the table with 63 points in the run to the last match day of the season, but that is with just a point over MFM which has 62 points.
Twice had Plateau had hoped to run away with the title before the close of the season but they were forced to a 1-1 draw by Rivers United on Match Day 36.
They were also turned back with a two-one defeat on Match Day 37 away to Wikki Tourists of Bauchi who needed all points in their battle for life from relegation.
MFM had earlier hoped to upturn the leadership of the Jos team on the log, chances helped by their brilliant 2-1 win over Remo Stars in Sagamu and and yet another 2-0 spanking of Nasarawa United in Lagos on Match Day 37, but climb was deterred when they failed to make good of home ground advantage at their Soccer Temple over visiting Enyimba of Aba.
Still, coach Fidelis Ilechukwu has said MFM can finish as title holders.
They are away to El Kanemi Warriors of Maiduguri, a team that never loses at home, but MFM says they can produce a miracle on final match day, to defeat El Kanemi in Maiduguri to end at 64 points while they hope Rangers International of Enugu will spoil the expected party for Plateau United as they visit Jos same day.
The question is: Just how possible?

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Born July 13, 1965, Fred Edoreh hails from Umeh, Isoko South, Delta State. He attended St. John Primary School, Iselegu, Mater Dei Collage Ashaka, St. Patrick’s Grammar School, Asaba for HSC and graduated in English and Literary Studies at Bendel State University, Ekpoma.
He went into journalism in 1990 with Newbreed Magazine and later crossed over to television production with Ultimate Sports and Soccerworld on the Nigeria Televsion Authority.
He subsequently moved to pioneer Internet publishing in Nigeria with Nigeriasports.com and was later employed at Silverbird Television from where he moved as Editor of Weekend Sports at Naational Mirror Newspapers.
He currently publishes the online sports website www.sportstalkafrica.com besides and also runs a sports marketing outfit, Westcoast Works and Projects, managing and marketing live radio broadcast of the Nigeria Professional Football League.

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