Heartland of Owerri gave a last-minute push to gain survival in Nigerian top flight league on the last day of the 2018/19 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) abridged season at the expense of El-Kanemi Warriors of Maiduguri.
Heartland condemned Warriors to relegation after a 2-0 win at the Okigwe Stadium in the winner takes all encounter. Penalties converted by Chukwudi Nwaodu 23’ and Uche Oguchi 82’ cemented the Naze Millionaires survival fight.
Mohammed BabaGanaru side after a string of bad results blew up their playoff chances and ended a 7-year stay on the top flight.
The teams going down to the Nigeria National League are El-Kanemi Warriors, Kwara United, Gombe United, Niger Tornadoes, Yobe Stars, Remo Stars and Go Round FC.