Enugu Rangers Crowned 2023/24 NPFL Champions, Pip Enyimba, Remo Stars

Enugu Rangers Crowned 2023/24 NPFL Champions, Pip Enyimba, Remo Stars

Edwin Kiplagat
updated at June 17, 2024 at 4:26 AM
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  • Enugu Rangers have clinched their eighth Nigeria Premier Football League (NPFL) title after defeating Bendel Insurance on Sunday, June 16
  • Rangers, Enyimba, and Remo Stars were locked in a tight battle in the last few weeks, but the latter two losses on Sunday handed Ranger the title
  • The Flying Antelopes will take part in the 2024/35 CAF Champions League with one of Remo Stars or Enyimba joining them

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Enugu Rangers have won the 2023/24 Nigeria Premier Football League (NPFL) title with one game to spare.

Rangers clinched the title after defeating Bendel Insurance 2-0 in Enugu on Sunday, June 16.

Fidelis Ilechukwu's team have 67 points from 37 matches and edged Enyimba and Remo Stars to the title.

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Enugu Rangers have won their first league title since 2016. Photo by Enugu Rangers.
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It is the eighth title for the Flying Antelopes, who are now one behind Enyimba. Remo Stars lost 2-1 to Sunshine Stars, while Sporting Lagos beat Enyimba by the same scoreline, per Channels TV.

Rangers had the advantage before Sunday's matches, and defeat for the two teams handed them their first league title for the first time since 2016.

It has been a chaotic end to the 2023/24 NPFL season. Rangers were awarded a 3-0 win in their clash against Enyimba last Sunday following a violent end to the encounter which was beamed live on StarTimes.

Rangers will represent Nigeria at the 2024/25 CAF Champions League. Remo Stars and Enyimba will battle for second place on the final day.

Enugu Rangers vs Enyimba abandoned

Sports Brief earlier reported that the Oriental Derby between Enugu Rangers and Enyimba was abandoned after a chaotic end.

Enyimba players walked off the pitch in the final stages after the hosts were awarded a penalty. All hell broke loose when the referee placed the ball on the penalty spot.

Fans stormed the pitch, forcing players and officials to run for cover. Rangers were later awarded a 3-0 win, while Enyimba were fined ₦10m.

Enugu Rangers perform 'Siuu'

Sports Brief also previously reported on Enugu Rangers players hitting Cristiano Ronaldo's famous 'Siuu' celebration in their match against Remo Stars.

Rangers opened the scoring after eight minutes and ran to the corner flag to celebrate the goal. They were joined by their coach, Fidelis Ilechukwu, and hit the iconic celebration.

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Edwin Kiplagat has five years of experience in journalism working as a Sports Editor at Africa Insight Communications and ESPN. Edwin Kiplagat is a Bachelor's Degree holder in journalism from the Multimedia University of Kenya.