2013 in Pictures: Kano Pillars are Champions Again, Enyimba Clinches Federation Cup.

Kano Pillars retained the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) title after 38 rounds of matches while Enyimba FC of Aba clinched the oldest football tournament in the country, the Federation Cup.

In April, Pillars were knocked out of the Caf Champions League after drawing 4-4 over two legs with Congolese outfit, AC Leopards.

Pillars won at home by a 4-1 scoreline but capitulated badly in the second-leg as they crashed out on the away goals rule after a 0-3 defeat to the Leopards at the Stade Denis Sassou Nguesso, Dolisie.

Image Credit: LMC. Pillars Receives the N10m Cheque for Winning the 2013 Glo Premier League.
Image Credit: LMC. Pillars Receives the N10m Cheque for Winning the 2013 Glo Premier League.

The country’s second representatives in the competition, Enugu Rangers, overcame Burundian club, Vital’O 2-0 over two legs.

In the Caf Confederations Cup, Lobi Stars were trounced 7-1 by Mozambican club, Liga Muculmana in the second-leg of their first round clash.

Governor Orji of Abia State Hosts the People's Elephant at the Government House.
Governor Orji of Abia State Hosts the People’s Elephant at the Government House.

Lobi Stars won the first leg 3-1 but lost heavily lost heavily in the return leg of the same encounter.

Heartland FC, the country’s other flag bearer, also failed to advance to the second round in very dramatic circumstances.

Heartland defeated Gabonese club, US Bitam 2-1 in the first leg of their first round encounter at the Dan Anyiam Stadium, Owerri, but failed to travel to Gabon to honour the return leg due to financial problems. They were duly walked over by the Gabonese.

Kano Pillars' Rabiu Ali Receives Treatment During Matchday 38 Final Fixture.
Kano Pillars’ Rabiu Ali Receives Treatment During Matchday 38 Final Fixture.

In May the Nigeria Football Federation threw out the two representatives of River State (Sharks and Dolphins) in the 2013 Federation Cup.

The decision was part of the punishment meted on the Rivers State Football Association (home federation of both clubs) for irregularities during the preliminaries of the competition.

The NFF remarkably made a dramatic detour from its earlier decision a few days later following a hastily launched appeal by the Rivers State Football Association. It then ruled that matches in the 2013 Rivers State Federation Cup be played from the semi-final stages with the finalists expected to be entered for the draws of the 2013 Fed Cup.

Glo. Signs a Multimillion Naira Deal With the LMC for the Sponsorship Right of the NPFL.
Glo. Signs a Multimillion Naira Deal With the LMC for the Sponsorship Right of the NPFL.

A fine of 500,000 was paid by the Rivers FA before the round of 64 stages of the national competition.

Enugu Rangers crashed out of the Caf Champions League in the second round following a 1-3 aggregate loss to Angolans Recreativo do Libolo.

The Flying Antelopes had a chance to redeem their image in the second tier Confederation Cup.

Gov. Orji Hoists the Federation Cup at the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos.
Gov. Orji Hoists the Federation Cup at the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos.

Rangers were thrown out of the Confederation Cup in July by the Confederation of African Football (Caf). Caf’s action was warranted because of the club’s failure to properly register goalkeeper, Daniel Emmanuel, who had joined the Enugu-based club from Shooting Stars SC, before fielding him against CS Sfaxien, whom they beat in the playoffs.

Sibi Gwar Celebrates Scoring for Enyimba.
Sibi Gwar Celebrates Scoring for Enyimba.

Eyimba won the 2013 Federation Cup title in September after twice staging a comeback to beat Warri Wolves 5-4 on penalties at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Lagos.

With scores leveled at 2-2 after 90 minutes of top class football, Enyimba of Aba triumphed over Warri Wolves on penalties.

Nigeria international Azubuikwe Egwekwe’s penalty was saved by Enyimba’s keeper Femi Thomas to deny Wolves a first-ever Cup victory.

Kano Pillars Were Banished to the Confluence Stadium Lokoja for Fans Violence During their Week 31 Tie With Enyimba at the Sani Abacha Stadium, Kano.
Kano Pillars Were Banished to the Confluence Stadium Lokoja for Fans Violence During their Week 31 Tie With Enyimba at the Sani Abacha Stadium, Kano.

Kano Pillars retained the Glo Premier League title it won the previous season in October as the NPFL came to a dramatic finale.

Victor Namo of Nasarawa United Won the Golden Boot for Scoring 18 Goals in the 2012/13 Season.
Victor Namo of Nasarawa United Won the Golden Boot for Scoring 18 Goals in the 2012/13 Season.

Four teams played catch-ups in the title run-in with only two points separating the champions from third-placed Bayelsa United on the last day of the season.

Pillars ended the season with 63 points from 38 matches. Enyimba, who missed out of the race for the title following their loss in Akure, finished one point behind the champions while United came third with 61 points.

Kwara United, ABS, Wikki Tourist and 3SC were relegated to the lower league division- the Nigeria National League (NNL).

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