Nigeria Premier League: Plateau United FC Closes in on Historic Win
Ever since it was founded in 1975, Plateau United FC, based in Jos State, Nigeria has only won the Nigerian FA Cup once in 1999 and is yet to win the Nigerian Premier League title.
After the side was promoted to the NPFL for the first time in the 2010/2011 season and later relegated the following year, the team got a second chance promotion on the last day of the 2014/2015 season after defeating Kogi United.
Also known as the ‘Peace Boys’, Plateau United has embarked on a mission of setting a track record to win the NPFL for the first time in 42 years; the second achievement in 18 years.
With five games left to play in the ongoing Nigerian Premier League, the side is currently seated top of the table with 59 points out of 33 matches; three points above MFM FC that was also promoted on the last day of the 2015 season.
In Sunday’s league matches, the Jos State-based club squandered the chance to extend the lead on the table standings after it was held by Kano Pillers when Hamza Tiya slotted home the equalizer in the 52nd minute after Plateau had earlier taken the lead in the 17th minute through Ibeh Johnson.
MFM also missed an opportunity to close the gap on points with the league leaders after a goalless draw against Enyimba FC at the Agege Stadium in Lagos.
Plateau’s next match will be a deciding factor for its title hopes this season when the side hosts its closest rivals MFM, this Sunday at the Rwang Pam Stadium.
A win for Plateau will extend its lead to six points ahead of MFM and will need three from its last four matches to be crowned champions.
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