Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Talabi Olumakinde Wants To Maintain Top Performance

Shooting Stars Sports Club (3SC) of Ibadan midfielder Talabi Joshua Olumankinde became the match hero last weekend when he put up a brilliant performance that saw his team triumphing over visiting Bendel Insurance with a 3-0 win.

Talabi, 19, told that he was excited with the way he played over the weekend and he hope to keep up the fine form.

He said "Let me thank God first because it's not easy but God almighty made it easy for me. Am so glad and excited with the way things turned out for me in that game, to came back to the team and score a goal gives me joy.

" I want to maintain this performance, am getting better with my performance week in week out and I want to continue with this fine form as we focus on promotion to the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL)," he commented.

Talabi joined Shooting Stars from Ijebu United in 2011.

The Nigeria Under-20 invitee was virtually everywhere on the pitch on Saturday and contributed immensely to the Oluyole Warrior's victory as he assisted Najeem Olukokun who got a brace and he later fired in a shot from a distance to give 3SC a comfortable win over Insurance.

Shooting Stars are topping the Division B Nigeria National League (NNL) table with 36 points from 21 league matches.

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Lobi Goalkeeper Bewails Fed Cup Defeat To Dolphins Vow To Payback

Following his team exit from the 2014 Federation Cup against  Dolphins Football Club of Port Harcourt when they lost 4-2 to Stanley Eguma's  tutored side, Lobi Stars goalkeeper Terkaa Melai has said his team will revenge the ouster in Kastina Ala when both teams meet in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL).

The free scoring goalkeeper disclosed to this afternoon Melai said'' Dolphins will face a touch and different Lobi when they come to our home ground in Katsina Ala as we look forward to revenge the Federation Cup lost.

''We have now understand them better after playing them twice this season and loosing all the two'' he stated.

He stressed further saying that his teammates had learnt some lessons from the defeat and they will improve on their weakness.

''Really, we have learnt enormous lessons from the game and we have resolved to work on those areas and better our games.''

He also added that the playing surface contributed to Dolphins victory over them and not because the Port Harcourt based were but rather  they were fortunate.

''The fact that they use to play on artificial turf also contributed to their team success yesterday.

Since 2012, the Benue Army have always passed the quarter-finals but they lost out this year.

Dolphins Cruise To Fifth Federation Cup Semi Finals

Dolphins FC after ninety minutes of entertaining football thrashed Lobi Stars 4-2 to qualify for their fifth semifinals of the Federation Cup.

But the score line would have flattered Lobi as Dolphins dominated play from the start of the game up till its very end and missed lots of scoring chances.

As early as the 1st minute Emem Eduok missed what could have been the fastest goal of this year’s competition but failed to score.

Two minutes later, Emem Eduok beat the off side trap, faced the Lobi keeper but his left footed effort went wide.

In the 5th minute it was Chizoba Amaefule who ran down the flank and crossed into the box, but a header from Ebube Okpokwu went wide.

In the 7th minute it was Ifeanyi Egwim who found space in the middle, made his way into the Lobi box but was felled by a defender though there was no penalty given.

Dolphins had so much control but could not find a way in.

But in 23rd minute, the goal eventually came as Emem Eduok scored his third goal of the tournament to make it 1-0 for Dolphins.

In the heat of the moment, Lobi Stars vice chairman, Dominic Iorfa took over coaching duties from Evans Ogenyi, shouting out instructions from the technical area, while Ogenyi sat on his seat looking deflated.

In the 33rd minute, Iorfa took out Kingsley Ashu and replaced him with Johnbull.

One minute before half time and Lobi had their closest chance yet when Bunde made his way through two Dolphins defenders, but Sunday Rotimi ensured the clean sheet remained, at least till half time.

Five minutes into the second half and a moment of loss of concentration from the Dolphins defence gave Adamu Shaibu a chance to equalize for Lobi, but Dolphins threw everything into the game and four minutes after the restart, Ebube Okpokwu latched in on a cross from Eduok to put his side back in front.

Bolaji Sarkin came in for a tired Ifeanyi Egwim and it was still one way traffic for Dolphins.

In the 66th minute, Okpokwu had a chance to make it three with another sublime cross from Eduok but his effort went wide.

One minute later, Ebube Okpokwu had the ball at his feet in the six yard box with the keeper out of the way but he surprisingly blasted wide.

But Bolaji Sarkin put the nail in the head of the Lobi team when after a flurry of passes, he blasted home to make it 3-1

Victor Alegbe replaced Chidiebere Okolie, his first game after a long injury lay off and two minutes later, in the 88 minute he made it 4-1 for Dolphins.

With 2 minutes of added time shown, Audu Seriki pulled one back to make scores 4-2.

Lobi Stars coach, Evens Ogenyi conceded victory and superiority to Dolphins.

“They were the luckier and better side. I have already gone to congratulate their coach. They deserved the victory. They got their chances and took them,” Ogenyi said.

Stanley Eguma of Dolphins was not happy with his players from missing several scoring chances.

“We keep working on goal scoring but the same things happen over and over again. I think it’s a loss of concentration that caused it.

“I’m not surprised at the score line and how we played because we have worked hard for this,” Eguma said.

Dolphins play Prime FC in the Federation Cup semi finals.

Thursday, 17 July 2014

We Are Familiar With Nasarawa United Approach - Bode Daniel

Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) side Crown FC most influential player Bode Daniel has stated that the Ajilete Boys are capable of sending second placed NPFL team Solid Miners out the 2014 Federation Cup Round of 16 when both teams meet on Thursday, 16th of July.

Bode said in a chat with Olawale on Tuesday" We are familiar with the way and manner Nasarawa United approaches their games and we have prepared for them, being an NPFL side makes it a bit easier for us, and I can assure you that Crown will show them the way out," he boasted.

Nasarawa United are second on the NPFL table with 31 points from 19 games while Crown FC maintained the 14th position on the log with 24 points.

The striker added that Baba Ganaru team's position on the log means nothing to him because Cup approach is quite different from league approach.

"We are in the Round of 16 which means we are in for a knock out battle, Nasarawa position will not reflect here though they have quality players but that doesn't guarantee that we can not defeat them"Bode concluded.

Crown FC cruised to the Round of 16 with a walk-over in their last match as Leopard FC failed to show up, they also defeated Bright FC 4-1 on penalties in the round of 64 after a one all draw.

Nasarawa made it to this stage with a 1-0 win over Apa United after a thrilling 3-2 victory over Young Elephants in the round of 64.

Both teams have met in the NPFL this season in match day nine to be precise but Baba Ganaru lads beat Crown 1-0.

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

NNL Week 19 Division A Preview Wikki Tourists, Kwara United To Maintain Momentum

Nigeria National League makes a return after the first staza cum 2014 World Cup break with breath-taking games to savour.

Group A leaders, Wikki Tourist of Bauchi will be looking forward to maintaining their first stanza performance, Kwara United are expected to step up their games and keep up with the momentum.

It promises to be an exciting moment for league lovers across various match centers in the country when this great teams meet this evening.

In Division A. Supreme Court will be hosting Group A table toppers Wikki Tourist who are currently leading the group with an enviable five points.

The reverse fixture ended 2-0 as the Bauchi outfit claimed the avaliable three points. A victory of any kind in this game will take Supreme Court to a better position on the log.

Former Nigeria Premier League (NPL) side Afonja Warriors are second on the Division A log with 30 points a point above the third place team, they will be entertaining DSS FC in Ilorin.

DSS FC were victors in the first leg with a 1-0 win. The visitors are13th on the sixteen-team log with 23 points,  seven points behind Kwara United. United will not take it lightly when both sides meet.

Adamawa United and third place team, Niger Tornadoes are in for a real conquest as the Yola based side welcome the visitors. The host suffered a 1-0 defeat the in the first stanza. Adamawa maintained the eight spot with 27 points, a win for them in this game will definitely take them above Niger Tornadoes who are third on the log with with 29 points.

Teap FC and Nigeria Prisons FC will face each other in a relegation battle. The two clubs have played 18 games each, Teap are 15th on the standing, has 19 points while Prisons FC are placed bottom, they have 14 points, win or loose for both teams will not make any difference but it will only reduce their point deficit. If Teap wins they will close the gap between them and FRSC who are 14th on the table with same of number points.









Note: PLATEAU UTDVS JIGAWA G' STARS game will not be played due to Plateau Cup engagement in the 2014 Federation Cup Round of 16.

NNL Week 19 Division B Preview, 3SC, Stores To Set Adamasingba Ablaze,MFM FC And C.O.D In Lagos Holy Ghost Derby

Nigeria National League (NNL) resume today with match day 19 as Shooting Stars and Stationary Stores set to engage in another old rivalry Western battle, the Lagos Holy Ghost derby is not left out of this match day between MFM FC and C.O.D United.

Division B table toppers, Shooting Stars and Stores are expected to make Ibadan fans go gaga this evening as they set to rekindle their old rivalry battle in what is unarguably the star match of this game week.

The Flaming Flamingo beat 3SC in the same fixture last time out with a 2-0 victory in game week three at the Onikan Stadium in Lagos in front of an estimated capacity of about 10,000 fans.

The Oluyole Warriors are yet to loose a game at home this season in the NNL, they have gathered 30 points so far, they are also topping the Division B table with just one point above Gabros International who are second with 29 points. The visitors are not finding it easy in the NNL, they are two steps down to drop zone with 22 points from 18 games. A win for them will be the biggest surprise of the NNL but I don't see it coming.

Another interesting game in Group B will be the Lagos derby between the two Lagos Church teams as they set to do battle at the Agege Stadium in what is tagged the Holy Ghost derby.

City Of David C.O.D United beat Mountain Of Fire and Miracle Ministry Football Club (MFM FC) at the beginning of the season Week three to be precise with a 2-1 win at Onikan Stadium. MFM are 7th on the sixteen-team Division B log with 26 points, four points behind Shooting Stars,  an outright victory will brighten their chances of finishing strong at the end of the season.

Second placed team in Group B Gabros International will be hosting basement side UNICEM Rovers in a make or brake encounter.

Gabros claimed their first maximum points away from home in this same fixture this season in Week three with a 1-0 win in Calarba. Gabros have amassed 29 points from 18 NNL matches, they are yet to loose any game at home this season. UNICEM will have to play their heart out to get a decent result from this match.






These fixtures are expected to be shifted due to the team's participation in the 2014 Federation Cup Round of 16 which comes up on Thursday,17th July.