By
Clement Nwamkpa
With
Giwa FC expelled for rules infraction and Ikorodu United already confirmed
relegated, the next two relegation places have been narrowed to Abia Warriors
in 15th place with 45 points, Heartland of Owerri on 16th with 43 points, MFM
FC, Lagos on 17th with 42 points and Warri Wolves on 18th place with 42 points.
Of
the lot, only Heartland plays away on the last day. The Naze Millionaires are
guests to Plateau United.
Abia
Warriors hosts Shooting, MFM welcomes continental chasing FC IfeanyiUbah just
as Warri Wolves engages Ikorodu United in Warri.
Abia
Warriors showed the mettle of Warriors in Port Harcourt on the last match day
where they did themselves a world of good picking a point at Rivers.
Now
a draw on last match day will secure their stay in the Nigeria Professional
Football League (NPFL) no matter what happens in the other venues.
Heartland,
a team that has never been relegated since it was founded as Spartans FC in
1976 must win in Jos to make results in Agege and Warri irrelevant. Otherwise,
they have to pray neither of Wolves and MFM wins.
Warri
Wolves and MFM are on 42 points and must win to nurse any hope of survival.
Then
they will pray Heartland doesn’t win and Abia loses.  Next, the goals difference becomes a factor
for Wolves and MFM if both win, Heartland fails to win and Abia loses.
But
the Heartland and Abia results must not happen for either of Wolves and MFM to
survive.
A
‘favourable’ result from any of the earlier duo could pave the way for one of
the latter duo. But if both Heartland and Abia falter, the door of escape would
open for Wolves and MFM.

It
goes down the wire… 

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