By Oyediji Oluwaseun Babatunde
Sports Writer, kick442.com Nigeria
Remo Stars has sealed the CAF Confederation Cup ticket with a third-placed finish after the final Matchday of the 2021/2022 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) season on Sunday.
The Sky Blue Stars defeated Niger Tornadoes 3-0 to seal a third position which automatically qualified the Ikenne-Remo-based club for the 2022/2023 CAF Confederation Cup.
Andy Okpe opened the scoring for Remo Stars at the half-hour mark from the penalty spot after Stanley Okorom was brought down in the box.
Andy Okpe got his brace in the 47th minute and slammed home a low drive to the right of the goalkeeper to complete his hat-trick in the 75th minute.
Remo Stars with the result will represent Nigeria at the 2022/2023 CAF Confederation Cup immediately after gaining promotion to the NPFL from second-tier Nigeria National League (NNL) last season achieving the feat under the tutelage of Coach Gbenga Ogunbote.
Heartland FC and Katsina United on the other end of the table joined MFM FC and Kano Pillars in relegating to the second-tier NNL.
Katsina United suffered a 2-0 defeat to Wikki Tourist with Fuad Ekeleojuoti and Ibrahim Emmanuel Sale scoring for Wikki Tourist.
Heartland also returned to the NNL despite its 1-0 win against Kwara United with Adejoh Ojonugwa converting the solitary goal.
MFM FC (36 points), Kano Pillars (45 points), Heartland FC (47 points), and Katsina United (48 points) were relegated while Shooting Stars Sports Club (3SC) with 48 points escaped relegation.
2021/2022 NPFL Matchday 38 Results
Abia Warriors 3-0 Lobi Stars
Dakkada FC 3-0 Sunshine Stars
Enugu Rangers 2-0 Akwa United
Heartland FC 1-0 Kwara United
Kano Pillars 2-1 Shooting Stars
MFM FC 0-1 Nasarawa United
Plateau United 1-0 Enyimba
Remo Stars 3-0 Niger Tornadoes
Rivers United 1-0 Gombe United
Wikki Tourist 2-0 Katsina United
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