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Niger Tornadoes emerges 2020-21 Nigeria National League champions

Niger Tornadoes FC of Minna on Sunday defeated Shooting Styars Sports Club (3SC) of Ibadan, 3-2 to emerged champions of 2020/2021 season.

At the final match played at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium in Enugu on Sunday, Niger Tornadoes opened scoring through Shamsudeen Asheun in the 9th minute.

Gafar Olafimihan leveled the game for 3SC from the penalty kick spot in the 16th minute.

Ahmedy Liman and Augustine gave Niger Tornadoes a two-goal lead in the 57th and 64th minutes before Raheem Quadry reduced the scoreline to 3-2.

The postponed match between Remo Stars of Sagamu and Bendel Insurance of Benin City ended 2-2.

NAN reports that the match should have been played on Saturday but postponed because Bendel Insurance refused to file out for the match.

With the result, Remo Stars joined Niger Tornadoes, 3SC, and Gombe United in gaining promotion to the 2021/2022 Nigeria Professional Football League.

Meanwhile, Olafimihan Gafal of 3SC won the highest goal scorer of the season award with 16 goals and the Most Valuable Player award.

The Best Goalkeeper of the Season award went to Charles Tembe of 3SC, and the coach of the season went to Mohammed Bala.

Giant Brilla FC of Enugu, who survived the season by the whiskers won the Best Behaved Team of the season.

Speaking after the match, 3SC’s coach Edith Agoye congratulated Niger Tornadoes for winning the Super 8 title.

Agoye noted that good teams met in the final and that he was not disappointed with the result as his team have already made it to the NPFL.

“We are going home to prepare for the premier league so that we will do well to justify all we have put into the club,” he said.

Niger Tornadoes captain, Sunday Akinmolade, said the match was just an exhibition game since the two teams had qualified.

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