Thursday, October 24, 2013

2012/13 Glo Premier League: Winners and losers

The 2012/13 Glo Premier League ran its full course last weekend with
Kano Pillars Football Club retaining the title it won last year.
Pillars amassed 63 points after 38 rounds of matches. Kano Pillars
rode on the back of their invincibility at home to win the title for
the second successive season.
Only Lobi Stars took points off them at home and they did not falter
even when they were banished to play home games in Abuja and Lokoja
after crowd disturbances. Former African champions, Enyimba Football
Club of Aba did a last minute sprint when they beat Sharks of Port
Harcourt 1-0 on the final day to finish second with 62 points to
confine Bayelsa United and El Kanemi Warriors of Maiduguri to the
third and fourth positions respectively.
After finishing the first round of the season in bottom place, Sharks
looked like a team heading for life in the lower division.
The Blue Angels then clawed back their way from sitting in the bottom
spot for 13 weeks to finish in a respectable eighth position. Akwa
United also achieved an escape from the drop as the club held Kwara
United to a 1-1 draw in Ilorin.
Sadly, 3SC of Ibadan, Wikki Tourist FC of of Gombe and the two Ilorin
based clubs, Kwara United and ABS.
No matter what a lot of people have said about the manner with which
Victor Namo of Nasarawa United emerged the leading scorer, it was a
breakout season for the striker. He scored 19 goals including his
double strike against champions Kano Pillars on in Lafia September 8.
Three coaches, Ndubuisi Nduka (Heartland), Abimbola Samuel (Sunshine
Stars) and Alphonsus Dike (Nasarawa United), readily come to mind as
men in the dugout who got fired this season. In their places came in
Ramson Madu, Fatai Amoo and Kadiri Ikhana respectively.
Also, Lobi Stars vice chairman, Dominic Iorfa, who worked as head
coach, decided to bring in Evans Ogenyi to take charge of the playing
personnel while he focused on the day-to-day administrative schedule
of the Makurdi club.
Perhaps, in anticipation of a possible sack, Okey Emordi, the Rangers
gaffer threw in the towel on the last day of the season after leading
the club to the fifth position in the log.
The Delta State government, in conjunction with the state FA appointed
former NPL boss, Davidson Owunmi as CEO of the new look Warri Wolves
management committee.
His appointment was greeted with fanfare as he is expected to bring
his wealth of experience, charisma and winning aura to the club
regarded as the best funded in the local scene

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