Nigeria officially ends domestic season

The NFF decided to use Points-Per-Game (PPG) to determine the final table. 

Following the changes to the table, Enyimba moved into second place after being level with Rivers United in PPG (1.80) but beating them on the head-to-head tie breaker.

Moving into second place sees Enyimba qualify for next season’s CAF Champions League. The financial benefits that come with playing in Africa’s premier club competition far outweigh those that come with playing in the CAF Confederation Cup, causing Rivers United (who fell to third place after the PPG ruling) to threaten legal action.

Enyimba were representing Nigeria in the Champions League last season and because of fixture congestion, they were forced to delay some of their league games. 

2019/20 NPFL Table – Via Goal Africa

As shown in the table, they only had 36 points due to their lack of matches played, leaving them out of a continental spot. 

With the table adjusted to a PPG model, Enyimba jumped three spots and put Rivers United out of the CAFCL for next season. 

NPFL Table with PPG. Enyimba ended up in second place after they won the head-to-head tiebreak.

Rivers United lost the only game they played against Enyimba this season 1-0. The match was played at Enyimba’s ground though, and the two teams were scheduled to meet on Rivers’ turf later in the season. 

Rivers might take the case to CAS, but as it stands, Plateau United and Enyimba will represent Nigeria at the CAF Champions League next season.