Enugu Rangers head coach, Imama Amapakabo, wants his team to hold to their celebrations despite being just a point away from becoming champions in the 2015/2016 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) season.
The Flying Antelopes recorded an impressive 2-1 win over relegated, Ikorodu United on Sunday in Abeokuta to boost the chances of winning their seventh top-flight title.
Amapakabo told Channels Television that although the side are close to winning the title they still have to win the last day match against El Kanemi Warriors to be properly crowned the undisputed champions.
Enugu Rangers are top on the league table with 60 points; three ahead of closest challengers, Rivers United with a game to play.
Remo Stars Promoted
Meanwhile, coach of Remo Stars, Nduka Ugbade says his side are not carried away after gaining promotion to the Nigeria Professional Football League next season.
Coach Ugbade told Channels Television that the team would rather concentrate on their last league game against UNICEM Rovers at home.
No matter the outcome of the game, Remo Stars are heading to the NPFL for the first time, having recorded an unassailable 28 points in their Division B1 of the NNL.
But Ugbade says they plan to finish a successful campaign on a high in front of their fans in Ijebu-Ode to justify the investment of club owner, Kunle Soname.
The board of the Nigeria National League (NNL) has read the riot act to clubs participating in the league saying an assault on match officials will now attract a fine of one million naira to be paid within 14 days in addition to the banishment of such teams.
Chairman of the Nigeria National League (NNL), Mr Emeka Inyama, who announced this in Abuja, said that the board can no longer tolerate the increasing assault on match officials by some football clubs and their fans.
In a communique made available to journalists, the board resolved that in view of the pending disciplinary matters, inspection of stadia with defects and to allow for the rescheduling of outstanding matches, the second phase of the league will now kick off on July 25.
The board further warned all clubs indebted to the league in any manner to clear such indebtedness before the resumption of the second round or risk been barred from further participating in the Nigeria National League.
The Kwara State Governor, Mr Abdulfatah Ahmed, has advocated for Public-Private Partnership in the sports sector to harness the opportunities therein.
Governor Ahmed made the call while receiving board members of the Nigeria National League (NNL), led by its Chairman, Mr Emeka Inyama, at the Government House, Ilorin, Kwara state capital.
He also emphasised the need to create a sustainable entertainment world that would allow interface between football and business and called for investments in that sector for the growth of the round leather game.
Governor Ahmed, who identified sport as a unifying factor for national cohesion, stressed the need to use football in molding youths in Kwara and Nigeria at large, to shape their mental capacities, for the growth and development of the nation.
The Governor further said the state had positioned itself at both sub-national and national levels, assuring the gathering that the state would continue to host more competitions for the mental strength of players and spectators.
Earlier in his remarks, the Board Chairman of the NNL, Mr Inyama, explained that the NNL had been re-branded with enhanced credibility and integrity, calling for sponsors to further promote the league.
Mr Inyama commended the state government for its investment in sports and for the promotion of the Kwara United Football Club to the elite division; the Nigeria Professional Football League.