The journey that started in December last year terminates on Sunday in 10 different centres where the last matches of the 2021/22 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) will be played. Already, Rivers United have emerged the champions, winning the title for the first time since the fusion of Sharks and Dolphins FC into one. Plateau United, who gave a chase all-season long, ended in second spot and will represent Nigeria along with Rivers United in next season’s CAF Champions League.
Between Remo Stars and Kwara United will emerge the team that will fly the country’s flag in the CAF Confederation Cup through the elite league, while both MFM and Heartland will be having their last fixtures in the NPFL until another time.
As the season ends, there are exiting statistics to consider. For instance, as at the penultimate Matchday, 759 goals have been converted in 370 matches, averaging about two per game. Home teams accounted accounted for 577 of these goals, while 12 own goals were recorded.
The top scorers’ award may be won by Rivers United’s Chijioke Akuneto, who has 18 goals so far, and is being challenged by both Enyimba’s Victor Mbaoma and Yusuf Abdullazeez of Gombe United, each on 16 goals.
Here are all the statistics…
No. of Matches Played:370
No. of Matches Won:291
No.of Matches Won at Home: 262
No. of Matches Won Away:29
No. of Matches Drawn:79
No. of Goals Scored: 759
Average Goals/Match: 2
No. of Goals Scored at Home: 577
No. of Own Goals:12
No. of Goals Scored Away:202
No. of Penalties Scored:70
No. of Penalties not Scored: 22
No. of Penalties Awarded: 92
No. of Yellow Cards:1,365
No. of Red Cards: 48
Top Goals Scorers:
Chijioke Akuneto (Rivers United)
Victor Mbaoma (Enyimba)
Yusuf Abdullazeez (Gombe United)
Best Attacking Team: Rivers United (57 goals Scored)
Worst Defense: MFM (50 goals Conceded)
Rivers United led on 28 Matchdays out of 37 Matchdays