By KATE OBODO
Words could not express how Captain of Dolphin Football Club of Port Harcourt Emma Godwin felt when his side wrapped up the 2010/2011 Nigeria Premier League title last Sunday, thanks to a lone goal victory over Bukola Babes away from home.
For Godwin, winning the title was a goal they set out for at the beginning of the season and it is the third league success for Dolphins after 1997 and 2004.
Speaking with Inside Out Premier League via telephone at the end of the match against Bukola Babes, Emma expressed delight over their victory and said, “ Really words can not express how I feel over the victory. It is really a great joy for me and the entire members of Dolphin Football Club. I must confess it was a tough season for us especially with the problems encountered on our mission to win the title, but I thank God for seeing us through the hurdles,” he said.
Continuing he said, “now that we are through with the season, we hope to see a better league next season and also work hard to achieve it again,” he said.
Also, Warri Wolves finished third after managing a 1-1 draw in Minna against Niger Tornadoes on 66 points, whilst Kano Pillars placed fourth with just a point adrift. Former winners, Enyimba placed a disappointing seventh position despite managing a 2-0 win over JUTH FC on the final day of the season in Aba.
Heartland, winners of the Federation Cup, managed the 11th position with 52 points on the 20-club league. Meanwhile, Plateau United, Crown FC, Zamfara United and JUTH FC have been relegated after finishing the last four .
Nwosu urges NPL to do better in next season
Former Golden Eaglets coach Henry Nwosu has commended the management of the Nigerian Premier League in their ability to end the 2010/2011 Premier League despite the hitches it encountered.
The former Green Eagles star believes the management of the NPL deserves to be appreciated, following the circumstances that surrounded the league to function properly alongside the management crisis the game suffered .
“We thank God the league have ended after a long period of time. Also, I want to commend the NPL for a job well done even though the league did not end as it was supposed to end. Honestly, they did their best and were able to manage the dispute that hit the league management.
Even in the absence of a sponsor, they still managed the game, kudos to them . But that does not mean they should continue in the same state.
“ The NPL should ensure that the 2011/2012 league ends early enough. Also, the issue of sponsorship should be considered. They also need to improve on the facilities and officiating. Although officiating for last season was not bad but they can do better,” he said.