Tuesday, 30 June 2015

NNL: Supreme Court FC Appoint Osuji As Interim Head Coach

One of Nigeria National League, NNL campaigners Supreme Court FC of Abuja on Tuesday announced the appointment of Coach Joachim Osuji as interim Head Coach of the team saddled with the responsibility of steering the club to gain promotion by the end of current season.
 

General Manager of the Abuja-based side Tolulope Oguntimehin who announced the sudden charge of guard in the club’s technical hierarchy noted that Osuji now have to lead the team after Technical Adviser Fatai Osho who he had assisted stepped aside earlier in the day.
 

Oguntimehin whose target remained to return premier league action to the Nation’s capital however assured Fans and Players that the club was on course to achieving its aim without any hindrance.
 

He equally pledged the readiness of the club’s management led by Ahmed Gambo Saleh to retain the current squad in a bid to sustain the high tempo which has been set in motion.
 

“There is no cause for alarm over the changes in the technical department of the club. The team already have a philosophy and we are determined to ensure that it remains. We are not going to settle for anything short of finishing on top of the table.
 

“I believe everything happens for a reason and I want to assure players that efforts are on to improve their welfare so as that they can actually reach the zenith of their career,” He added
 

Monday, 29 June 2015

NPFL:Dolphins FC Players Dedicates Kano Draw To Governor Nyesom Wike  

Dolphins Football Club on Sunday became the first club in the Nigerian league to draw in Kano this season and players/ officials of the club have dedicated the point to Governor Nyesom Wike.

 

After going two goals down, Dolphins rallied round to end the encounter 2-2 and Media Manager, China Acheru says it was the payments made to players just three days before the game that geared them up.

 

“I have always said that a well paid players does not guarantee success, but one thing you are sure of is that they will be focused on their immediate assignment,” Acheru said.

 

“For eight months the team had lacked focus as players and officials were either running from creditors, their landlords or not able to pay school fees for their kids.

 

“However, with what happened in Port Harcourt last week and all debts seemingly paid, the boys can stay focused and we are happy we did the near impossible on Sunday in Kano,” Acheru said.

 

Victor Ezuruike, who came on in the last fifteen minutes of the game added that the boys have solved some of their problems and are now focused on the task ahead.

 

“Honestly, it was that payment that “gingered” us to perform and that is because that money we received at least helped us solve some problems around us and we just want to thank the governor,” Ezuruike said.

 

Coach of the side, Stanley Eguma thanked the governor for his swiftness in responding to their welfare.

 

“By the time we left Port Harcourt I sensed we were going to get a result because the players all wore bright faces.

 

“We just thank the governor for the gesture and believe he will continue to handle our matters with this kind of speed,” Eguma said.

 

Dolphins have remained in Kano since their draw on Sunday and will depart for Katsina on Tuesday for a league game against Elkanemi at the Karkarda Stadium on Wednesday.

 

The last time Kano Pillars drew a home match in the League was April 30, 2014 against Heartland. The encounter ended 1-1.

NPFL: Henry Abiodun Commends Match Officials Despite Loosing To Enugu Rangers Enugu



Rangers international continued their impressive run of wins as they held on to their one goal win over Sunshine stars of Akure in the Nmandi Azikwe stadium in Enugu.



The Flying Antelopes who have gradually be finding the winning formula shows the play of balanced as the two team exchange tackles and shots with Rasaq Adegbite shot save by Sunshine Stars goalkeeper Ikechukwu Ezenwa and Tunde Adeniji also testing Itodo Akor in goal for Rangers Intl.



The Stadium went agog when Alex Emenike long range shot hit under the net from a defensive corner to put the home side ahead in the 15mins of the game.




Situation got bad for the Akure gunners as Olowo Emmanuel pick up an injury and his substitute also Oghene Elijah also pick up a knee injury making it to be difficult for the Kennedy boboye led team and ended the first half one nil in favour of Rangers.




On resuming into second half, it was so much action packed as Sunshine Stars came in search of the equalizing goal and Rangers intl did all in hardwork created chances upfront with Bobby blasting over the bar with just the goalkeeper to beat after a job weldone from Rasaq Adegbite.



Speaking after the game, Head Coach of the home side, Imama Amakamapo gave thanks to God for the victory and also declare that Sunshine Stars gave their best and his friend and former assistance Kennedy Boboye who is the head coach of Sunshine Stars he learnt one or two things which he displayed on the team.


While the technical adviser of Sunshine Stars Henry Abiodun came out to applauded the match officials for a good job and also opined for better work in their next game.Henry began" The refeere was fantastic.


This is the kind of refeere we want in Nigeria."They are human beings they may not be 100 percent but I tell you this is the kind of officiating that Nigerians wants to see," he revealed in an interview to newsmen.


Enugu Rangers now have 20 points in 14 games will host Kano Pillars in their next game while Sunshine Stars 26points from 14 games will play host to Akwa United in Akure.  

NNL: Spotlight Player Uzo Dedicates Match Winner To God

Ike Uzo scored his first league goal of the season as he steered Spotlight to their third Nigeria National League victory, edging Jigawa Golden Stars 1-0 at the Karkanda Stadium on Saturday.



The hosts pushed up the table courtesy of Uzo's first half header, which keeps the Katsina outfit one point adrift of leaders Plateau United, who picked up a 1-1 draw against Supreme Court on Friday.



It was all Spotlight from the blast of the whistle, as their attackers had early chances, before Uzo broke the deadlock just fifteen minutes into the match.



A loose ball was picked up after a failed clearance, allowing Solomon Kantoma to whip in a dangerous cross, which Uzo met with a powerful diving header to send the home side on their way to victory.



Uzo was elated with his first goal of the season and dedicated it to God.



''I thank God for the crucial goal that gave us victory,'' Uzo was quoted.



''My hope is to continue to play my part and work hard in the colours of Spotlight,'' the former TEAP FC skipper added.

NNL: Kogi United Chairman Disappointed Over Loss To Kaduna United


Chairman of the Confluence state club, Kogi United, Abdul Sule has expressed disappointment with his side's 1-0 defeat to Kaduna United in the Week 7 of the Nigeria National League, NNL.


Hamsudeen Hamisu's 26th minute strike gave the hosts a narrow victory over Kogi United in an encounter played at the Kaduna Township Stadium on Sunday.


It was a match dominated by the Wada Boys through the game as they gave good account of themselves.


The Lokoja based side failed to convert numerous scoring opportunities that came their ways as they allowed Kaduna United to claimed the total points.


Sule who noted that his boys' performance in the match was the best this season believe Kogi United will get better in second round.


"Its unfortunate we lost, it was an attacking football today and I'm very proud of the boys despite the loss, the officiating is not that bad but you know the way it is for away games," begins the chairman of Kogi United.


"I'm very optimistic about our chances to end the season well, by the second stanza we will correct the lapses noticed, correct what we lacked, this is the first time I saw the team playing a good brand of football and I believe we will get it right," the former Super Eagles' defender said.


Assistant Coach of the Wada Boys, Wasiu Lawal who also echoed his chairman's position said the team will hope to reshuffle ahead of the second stanza adding that the board of the NNL should assist in monitoring the officiating in the league.


His counterpart from Kaduna United, Mohammed Saleh said Kogi United displayed a character of well motivated side just as he charged them to build on their performance ahead of the second leg of the season.


Kogi United, who have garnered only six points are expected to perfect their games as the league will be going on a two weeks break.

Saturday, 27 June 2015

FRIENDLIES : Wada Queens Force Capital City Dove To One All Draw


A late goal by Lola Philips ensured that Confluence Queens snatched a 1-1 draw against Capital City Dove in a warm-up match played at the Area 3 Pitch on Friday.


On Wednesday, the Wada Queens stormed Kaduna for a training tour that ended on Thursday as they intensified preparations for the resumption
of the Nigeria Women Premier League which went on break as a result of the Super Falcons' participation at the 2015 Women World Cup in
Canada.


They won 2-0 against Spotlight Queens on Wednesday evening and earned 1-1 draw against the same opponent at the training pitch of the Ahmadu Bello Stadium.


Confluence Queens are now expected to return to Lokoja on Friday to put finishing touches to their week four NWPL match against Osun Babes on July 4th in Lokoja.

Thursday, 25 June 2015

NNL Fines Bussdor FC N.5 Million For Match Abandonment As Sokoto Utd Face Expulsion

The  management of Bussdor FC of Owerri has been fined the sum of Five Hundred Thousand Naira (N500, 000.00) by the Nigeria National League (NNL) borad for abandonment of match.


In addition, Bussdor FC will forfeit three points and three goals for refusal to complete their Week 6 tie against Remo Stars in Ijebu Ode.


This was said to have contravened  Article 4.2(4) and 4.2 (5) of the Rules and Regulations of the competition just as Bussdor have been warned to pay within 14 days or Article 4.2 (2) will apply.


Meanwhile, NNL has asked  Sokoto State Football Association and  Sokoto United FC to resolve their affiliation saga before one week or the League Management will not have any alternative than to sanction the club as contained in the Rules and Regulations governing the competition. 


However, tough matches will be played across the nation this weekend with contenders and backbenchers looking forward to improve their fortunes.
 
NNL WEEK SEVEN FIXTURES
 Kaduna Utd v Kogi Utd
Spotlight FC v Jigawa G' Stars
Supreme FC v Plateau Utd
 Yobe D.Stars  v Adamawa Utd
 Gombe Utd v FRSC FC
 Sokoto Utd v FC Zamfara
 Tornadoes v ABS FC
 Nembe City v Firstbank
 J. Atete FC v Gateway Utd
 MFM FC v Atiba Utd
Crown FC v Go-Round FC
Bussdor FC v Prime FC
Ekiti Utd FC v Remo Stars
Ikorodu Utd v Abia Comets

NNL To Go On 2 Weeks Mid-Season Break

After a hectic seven weeks of top football hostilities, the Nigeria National League (NNL) 2014/2015 will go on two weeks break as the first stanza of the abridged league ends this weekend.


The league has produced a lot of thrills and frills in the past weeks as teams struggle to win vital points to finish top of their groups to stand a good chance of picking promotion ticket at the end of the season.   



In this regard, some clubs have won matches away from home to consolidate on their quest to gain promotion to the Premier League cadre next football season while have found themselves in the troubled waters because of poor results.  



In a release signed by the NNL secretary, Lawrence Katken, the league will go on two weeks break because of the financial difficulties faced by the clubs, pointing out that the two weeks recess is to allow the clubs ample time to source for funds to execute their matches in the second stanza of the league.



He promised that the League Management is making frantic efforts to alleviate some of the financial burdens of the participating clubs.



The Scribe also said that the second Transfer Window will open on June 29 and end on July, 2015 but warned that clubs indebted to the NNL will not be allowed to buy players during the Transfer Window and may be stopped from participating in the league until all outstanding debts are paid.

LMC Rubber-Stamps Sharks Sponsorship Deal With Oil Servicing Firm

The League Management Company (LMC) has approved a shirt sponsorship deal between Sharks FC of Port Harcourt and Eunisell Limited in line with provisions of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) Rules and Framework.



Salihu Abubakar, the LMC Chief Operating Officer conveyed the approval in a letter to Sharks in which he congratulated the club for securing the deal and also complying with regulation which provides that all external commercial relationships of clubs must be vetted and approved by the LMC before signing.



Abubakar reminded other clubs that it is a breach of the rules to wear shirts with unauthorized endorsements and advised any club that is yet to have the approval of LMC to desist from further wearing of such shirts. He also reminded clubs that pitch panel displays must be approved by the LMC and their deployment for match day branding are to be handled by the LMC approved agency or any such persons authorized by it.



"There are regulations guiding commercial relationships which prescribes the processes to ensure that existing rights are not violated. While we congratulate Sharks for their good fortune which we hope will grow, it is our expectation that other clubs will set up strong marketing units or engage marketing agencies to expand their revenue generating capacities", remarked Abubakar.


The LMC assured the clubs that it will at all times protect their interests in evaluating sponsorship deals for approval.

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

LMC Wants Performance of 12 Match Officials To Be Reviewed And Suspended From Further Officiating



The League Management Company (LMC) on Wednesday forwarded the cases of four referees and eight assistant referees to the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Referees Appointment Committee requesting that the listed officials performances be reviewed and dropped from further officiating NPFL games pending the conclusion of the review of their performance in some matches.



In referring the case to the Committee, the LMC expressed dissatisfaction with their performances in some fixtures of Match Day 11 and 12.



Referee Jerry Akure from Benue State and his assistants, Aliyu Jingi (Bauchi) and Garba Musa from Yobe State were charged for below par handling the Match Day 11 fixture in Umuahia between Abia Warriors and Sunshine Stars while Referee Maaji Mohammed and his assistants Abbas J and Alfa Gimba, all of Niger State Referees Council were charged for poor officiating in the fixture between El-Kanemi Warriors and FC Taraba also in Match day 11.



Two other cases from Match Day 12 involved Referee Sam Agba from Ogun State Council and his two assistants from the Oyo State Council on a charge of poor performance in the match between Enyimba International and Heartland.



The last case of poor performance listed by the LMC involved Referee Mohammed D. Sule and his assistants, Suleiman Jimeta and Sani Mohammed all from Adamawa State Referees’ Council who officiated in the match between Kano Pillars and Giwa FC.



NFF referees committee have already commenced review of the listed match officials performances upon receipt  of the necessary details and visuals from the LMC.

LMC Fines Ladan Bosso, Tijani Babangida For Unguided Comments

The League Management Company (LMC)  revealed in a press statement that two senior club officials, a coach and a general manager have been charged under the NPFL Rulebook for various acts considered inimical to the good of the game.



General Manager of FC Taraba, Mr.Tijani Babangida and that of Heartland, Mr. Okechukwu Ibe whose is also a Director of LMC have been fined N50, 000 and N200, 000 respectively for comments and behaviours that were in breach of some sections of the Code of Conduct for Club Officials under the NPFL rules. Similarly, Abia Warriors Head Coach, Ladan Bosso was fined N50, 000 for comments the LMC ruled to be in breach of Article 14 of the Code of Conduct for Coaches and Managers and Article C1 of the Framework and Rules of the Nigeria Professional Football League.


Babangida and Bosso were cited for public comments against referees considered capable of bringing the league to disrepute while Ibe was charged for acts capable of bringing the league to disrepute including excessive complaints against the Referee during the Match Day 11 Enyimba vs Heartland. Babangida’s charge followed his comments to the media on the Match Day 11 fixture between El-Kanemi Warriors and FC Taraba even after he had followed the official channels to lay a complaint about the officiating and is aware it's bring dealt with.



Bosso’s charge is in relation to comments he made to the media against the Referee after the Match Day 12 fixture between Rangers and Abia Warriors for which the LMC said he “failed to act in an ethical and professional manner, in the best interest of the game, and you made statements capable of bringing the game to disrepute”.



They were asked to within 48 hours accept the respective sanctions imposed or elect to defend themselves before a commission and they have all accepted the charges and apologized.

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

FIBA Africa Zone 3 3X3 Tour: MVP Chioma Udeaja Plays Big as Nigeria Beat Togo To Emerge Champions In Lagos

Chioma Udeaja added FIBA Africa Zone 3 3X3 Tour, most valuable player to her trophy cabinet as she 7 points to lead Nigeria to victory in the championship game in the Lagos FIBA Africa Zone 3 3X3 Tour with a convincing 21-9 points win over  Togo.

Nkechi Akashili who also leaved up to her high ratings added 7 points as well while Atosu Upe added 5 points and Sarah Ogoke added  2 points.

Captain of Team Nigeria Atosu Upe said she was great fun to God and her teammates for the win.

"I thank God and my team mates for the victory".

"We are so happy to win this FIBA Africa Zonal championship, we hope tournaments like this continue because it will help the development of basketball in Nigeria".

An elated Sarah Ogoke thanked the FIBA Africa Zone 3 leadership for the opportunity to represent Nigeria once again.

" It's always a honour and privilege to come home and represent Nigeria in basketball, whether it's 3x3 or 5 on 5. I really want to appreciate the FIBA Africa Zone 3 President Col. Sam Ahmedu for bringing this to Nigeria, hopefully we will see more of this".

" I also want to shout out to my team mates for playing their hearts out. Chioma did a wonderful job to get the MVP and all the other teams were equally wonderful".

Reigning Most valuable player in the Nigerian Women's League and now FIBA Africa Zone 3 3x3 most valuable player praised the idea of the 3x3 championship.

" It's really wonderful this is happening in Nigeria, It gives us an opportunity to play against international opponents and develop ourselves more as Players with the extra competition coming in. Kudos to the organisers, I just hope this will continue".

The women champions took home $1000 for their triumph, while runners up Togo went home with $750 and Benin Republic with $300 respectively. 

Nigeria's dominance in the zone was concluded in the U18 Girls category where Nigeria took out Benin Republic 11-3 in the final after coming tops in a 3 team round rubbing preliminaries that had Togo also in the mix. Nigeria's Menah Daniel also took home the MVP award in the category.

FIBA AFRICA ZONE 3 3X3 TOUR:Team Nigeria Wins Gold In Men, Women, U18 Girls As Liberia Win U18 Boys Category

Most valuable player of the tournament Stanley Gumut powered Nigeria to victory in the final of the inaugural FIBA Africa Zone 3 3x3 Tour at the national Stadium in Lagos with 9 points and 6 rebounds  as Nigeria beat a stiff opposition from Cote d'ivoire to win 17-13. 


Stanley Gumut expressed Joy winning the championship:"I feel great really, it always feels great to be a champion".

Yahaya Abdul also came up big in the final minutes scoring 3 of his 5 points hild Azuoma Dike added 3 points to outwit the Ivorian team who lead 9-7 and tied the game 13-13 with less than 2 minutes left. Adje Anouh scored 5 points while Codlibal Abdoul added 4 points in the loss for the Ivorians.



"This is a great competition and i hope the organisers will continue because it early helps basketball in Africa". Codibal said.


Team Nigeria took home $2000  alongside medals and trophies for victory in the final game while Cote d'ivoire went home with $1000 including medals and Ghana who beat Togo in the 3rd place game beat Togo 18-14 won $500 for their effort.


In the U18 category Liberia emerged champion having conquered Nigeria in the Semi finals before edging past Cote d'ivoire 14-12. The Nigerian Boys couldn't shake off the semi final disappointment as they once again fell to Togo 8-11 in the 3rd place playoffs.

Monday, 22 June 2015

ZENITH WOMEN BASKETBALL LEAGUE: Benue Princess Pip AHIP,Rocks To Final 8 As First Bank,Dolphins Remain Undefeated

The battle for qualification to the Final 8 of the Zenith Bank Women's Basketball League in group A went down to point differentials after three teams were tied on 24 points from eight wins and eight losses after the two phases in Abuja and Ilorin which ended on Thursday.


Benue Princess narrowly piped AHIP Queens of Kano and Plateau Rocks with a +11 points aggregate differential advantage over Plateau Peaks who had +8 and AHIP Queens with -19 to join Sunshine Angels of Akure, former 4-time champions First Deepwater and unbeaten defending champions First Bank basketball club as the top 4 seeds in the group to seal qualification for the playoffs in Lagos.



Group B was more straightforward with back to back league runners up Dolphins clearly leading the pack with a maximum 32 points from 16 games, going unbeaten including a record 127-33 whitewashing of league debutant Zamfara Babes.


Joining Dolphins in the playoffs from group B is Customs who lost only to Dolphins in both legs in Abuja and Ilorin finishing with 30 points from 14 wins and 2 losses while IGP Queens and Delta Force completed the top 4 in group with 28 points and 26 points respectively.



The Top four teams from both groups will converge in Lagos for the National Final 8 as the battle for the 11th Zenith Women's Basketball League title promises to be a cracker.The date of the finals is yet to be announced by the Nigerian Basketball Federation.

NPFL: Indebtedness To Players;Dolphins To Pay Up Or Loose Six Points After 60 Days

Following a conclusive investigation of the very first formal complaint by a player on breach of contractual agreement by his club, the League Management Company (LMC) has moved to sanction a club invoking extant provisions of the Nigeria Professional Football League Rules and Frameworks 2014/2015 season.



Emeka Atuloma of Dolphins FC filed the complaint dated May 25, 2015, against his employers citing non-payment of his salary since the commencement of the 2014/15 season which kicked off on March 8. The LMC has therefore charged Dolphins FC with breach of contract with not only the complainant player, but with all its players following the club’s own admission vide a letter dated June 12, 2015, that no player of the club has received his salaries  during the period which has exceeded the 60 days cap.




The LMC in a letter dated June 19, 2015 notified the Management of Dolphins that they are in breach of Article B9.45 which they must remedy within 60 days or be liable to the deduction of six points in line with the provisions of the NPFL Rules and Framework for 2014/15 season. They will lose a further three points for every 30 days the breach was not remedied after the expiration of the 60 Days notice of default period.



In the notification letter to Dolphins and signed by the LMC Chief Operating Officer, Salihu Abubakar, the club’s attention was drawn to Article B9. 45, which states that, “The terms of a contract between a club and a player shall be strictly adhered to and where a club fails to pay remunerations and entitlements due to a player for a period of more than 60 days such club shall be liable to a deduction of 6 (six) points and a further deduction of 3 (three) points every 30 days for which the entitlement remains unpaid”.



The LMC has thus directed Dolphins to comply with the cited provision within 60 days and pay all its players failing which the league board will exercise its summary jurisdiction to deduct 6 (six) points from the club’s total accrued points so far in the league season.



“You are therefore required, to within 60 days from the date of this notice to remedy the breach, otherwise, the Board intends to exercise its summary jurisdiction and to impose on you an initial deduction of 6 (six) points and a further deduction of (3) three points for every further 30 days for which the entitlement remains unpaid”.



The LMC noted that this decision against Dolphins have become absolutely necessary for the dual reason that the Club has not provided any satisfactory plan of paying the due amounts anytime soon and had also failed to provide the mandatory Financial Performance Guarantee as required by the Rules and Framework. The purpose of the Financial Guarantee has been to safeguard the financial interest of players against insolvency in clubs as the amount owed players would have been drawn from the guarantee in proven cases of default such as we have with Dolphins.



The LMC further said the strict enforcement of the regulation will spread to other NPFL participating clubs that are not meeting obligations to the players and other employees whenever a formal complaint has been filed, investigated and proven.



The LMC has therefore urged State owners of clubs to work towards the transfer of club ownership to the fans through the Community Ownership model which has gained currency in some European countries as well as sourcing other alternative revenue streams for the club. The LMC also advocated that in the interim, respective State Governors may transfer Club administration to the Governor’s office for ease of regular payment of players’ entitlements.

 

“We believe that Clubs would be better off having their charges under the Office of the Governor which has been found to have worked for some of the successful Governors. “This will reduce if not eliminate the hindrances in payment of players’ salaries and dues since the players are paid once the Government house workers are paid.

Saturday, 20 June 2015

NNL: Jigawa Stars Pip Spirited Wada Boys 1-0



Rahaqu Adamu's 55th minute scrambled effort was all Jigawa Golden Stars needed to beat a highly spirited Kogi United in the Week Six encounter of the Nigeria National League, NNL.



The grueling encounter that was played at the bumpy Hadejia Stadium saw Kogi United display an improved performance to force the first stanza end without a goal for both sides.



The resumption saw frustrating calls from match officials which was aimed at frustrating the Confluence state club from initiate any attack against their hosts.



The threats, intimidation and bathing the match officials with pure water may have played a part as the second half witnessed a different handling of the game from match officials.



That actually paid off for Jigawa Golden Stars within 10 minutes of restart as they capitalized on Centre Referee, Mansur Shuaibu from Katsina's wrong call to set up an attack that resulted into a goal scored by Adamu..



Kogi United striker, Blee Zadee who was a thorn in the flesh of Jigawa defense was denied a chance to level the score when laid by Chindo Babangida from right side of attack, his last kick to put the ball in the net was caught offside.



Destiny Ashadi combined well with Yekini Abdulkareem with another attack for the Wada Boys, but the latter's shot was saved by Jigawa's keeper, Emma James.



All efforts for the Lokoja based side to take the game to their opponents and struggle for an equalizer were punctured by Referee Mansur who was supported by his assistant Adamu Ibrahim as they pick all Kogi United's moves as offside.



Head Coach of Kogi United, Yomi Elijah who expressed displeasure with the officiating said he was proud of his boys' fighting spirit throughout the game adding that the defeat was a bitter pill to swallow as he claimed his side deserved at least a draw from the game.


His counterpart from Jigawa Golden Stars, El-Shama Yunus admitted that the Dutse side were lucky with a victory as they faced a tough side in Kogi United.


Kogi United will wrap up their first round outing with another trip to Kaduna United next Saturday.

NPFL: Under 23 Hot Shot Junior Ajayi Says 3SC Will Gun Aba Elephants In Ibadan


Nigeria Under 23 striker, Junior Ajayi has tipped his Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) outfit Shooting Stars of Ibadan to gun down in-form Aba Elephants in the match day 13 of the Glo Premier League Super Sunday fixture in Ibadan.



It's another rivalry game in the NPFL with a lot to play for as two experienced coaches Kadiri Ikhana and Gbenga Ogunbote set to face each other in a fight against relegation for Shooting and a push for seventh League shield for Enyimba.


On current form, the visitors are favourites in this encounter to get somethingen out this game but one man who will not be available for this Super fixture due to national team assignment with the Dream Team VI, Junior Ajayi believes Shooting Stars are capable of ending the visitors good run of form.



Ajayi  disclosed in a chat with Nigeria Sports Arena that he has been looking forward to this same fixture from the start of the season as he opined that the rejuvenated 3SC under coach Gbenga Ogunbote can defeat the People's Elephant in Ibadan on Sunday at the Lekan Salami Stadium.


He began, "actually I have been anticipating this same match right from start of this season but its a pity I can't take part in the weekend game due to a national duty.



"Enyimba are unarguable one of the greatest club sides in Nigeria with a great squad, we have to respect them for that but that doesn't mean we can not stop them.



"The team 3SC now have a good Coach in Gbenga Ogunbote. Before I left them for under 23, the team spirit was very high and I believe it's still the same thing going into this game.




"I know they have got big players in their squad who can get the job done for them elsewhere in the league but not in Ibadan. We have great players as well, it's going to be an end to end stuff, my team mate are very much aware of the importance of the game.



"Reemember we defeated Kano Pillars in Ibadan so Enyimba's case will not be a different one, I believe we are going to win the weekend match with the likes of player we have in the team and the new coach has also transformed the team so I believe we are going to be victorous " the 19 years old striker said calmly.

Friday, 19 June 2015

NNL: Governor Wada Unveils Confluence Teams New Hummel Kits

Executive Governor of Kogi State, His Excellency Capt Idris Wada has promised to continue to support Kogi United, Confluence Queens and other sporting activities in the Confluence State.


The number one citizen of the State unveiled the Hummel Kits for the two darling teams of the state in a colourful ceremony held at the Banquet Hall of the Kogi State Government in Lokoja on Friday 19th June, 2015.


Governor Wada has been giving maximum support to both clubs since he assumed office. He thanked all that graced the ceremony and promised to continue to make the welfare of both clubs paramount to him.



He applauded the dignitaries, administrators at the venue - and praised the feats achieved by the two teams in the Nigeria National League and Nigeria Women Premier League.



Well known personalities like Arch Yomi Awoniyi (Deputy Governor Kogi State), Prof Gbemiro Jegede (Secretary to Kogi State Government), Pherm Nasiru (Chief of Staff Kogi State), Dr M.E Atakpa (Head of Service), Honorable Commisioners, Special Advisers, Senior Special Assistant, Special Assistant, Alhaji Umarr Issa (Kogi FA Chairman), Mr Austin Ogunmola (Kogi FA Secretary), Abdul Sule (Chairman of Kogi United and Confluence Queens) and Adeboye David Samuel (Director Admin and Finance of Kogi United and Confluence Queens) attended the event. Players and officials of two clubs were also present to witness the ceremony.


The partnership is the first of its kind among Nigerian clubs, with the deal facilitated by chairman of the two clubs, Abdul Sule, who is also a Hummel Ambassador.



It is a great priviledge that a top European sport kit firm like Hummel is opening the Wada Boys and Wada Queens to new frontiers of opportunities.


Aside kitting the players and supporters the deal hold the potential of cross-continent football participation aside other benefits.


The launching of the Denmark manufactured kits is aimed at moving the two clubs forward both on and off the pitch.


The new home jersey is a mix of blue and black playing pants, while the away jersey is yellow and with black playing pants.


You will recall that Kogi United recently started a Feeder Team, which is under the supervision of Adamu Isah, Suleiman Adamu and Sabo Okala.


"The launch of the kits shows the ambition of the clubs and its financier. We are indeed indebted to his Excellency Idris Ichalla Wada for his love for football and sports in general,'' ex-Super Eagles star Abdul Sule said in his speech.


''Last season, Kogi United scored the highest number of goals in the Nigeria National League. This didn't go unnoticed as top Premier League clubs signed up our top strikers and an attacking midfielder in multi-million naira deals .This season season, we are consolidating on the successes recorded last season. We will do our best to make Kogi State proud,'' Abdul Sule added.


"We thank the Kogi State Government for the launch of the club kits, it will spur us," the players chorused.

NPFL: Kwara United Defender Fade Returns From Injury With Excitement



Kwara United FC of Ilorin new defender,Moronfade Adebayo, has expressed delight playing football again after more than a year injury lay off.


Adebayo in an interview with newsmen in Ilorin on Friday said it is God who has said he will play again not man.


The former Abubakar Bukola Saraki FC (ABS FC), defender added that he missed football during his injury lay off.


He described the period as the most difficult of his career but maintained he has put all that behind himself and he is ready to give his best to his new team.


Fade as popularly called added that he want to cement a place in the team not just to be a Kwara United player but a regular starter that will always be in the starting lineup.


”I am happy to be back playing again because football is like my life.


“When I was injured was the most difficult of my career, I hate being on the bench not to talk of not playing.


“I want to give God the glory for another opportunity He has offered me to revive my career”
“I am like a lion now who will grab every chance to play and stick to it.


“I want to help my new team (Kwara United) to win trophies and play to win the fans heart.


“I want to thank my coach for giving me the chance to play again too” Adebayo said.


It would be recalled that Adebayo came in in Kwara United’s 3-1triumph over Enugu Rangers in Ilorin on Sunday and was handed a place in the starting lineup in week 12 clash with Akwa United in Calabar on Wednesday.


Fade joined the list of growing ABS players in Kwara United and will now line up in the Harmony Boys alongside Onigbari Akeem, Abubakar Yusuf (Silas) and midfield maestro Ibrahim Abdullahi (Idiamin) plus Audu Akeem.

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Suspended Grounds: Seven Clubs Settle For New Homes As LMC Awaits Nasarawa, Giwa


In compliance with the recent directive by the League Management Company (LMC) on the state of their playing turf, Abia Warriors of Umuahia and Heartland FC of Owerri have elected to play their home games at the Enyimba International Stadium in Aba while they carry out necessary rehabilitation work on at their respective grounds. Five other clubs, Akwa United, FC Taraba, Wikki Tourists, El-Kanemi Warriors and FC IfeanyiUbah have also communicated their alternative venues to the LMC as at close of business on Monday, June 15.

For Akwa United, their home games henceforth will be played at the new Akwa Ibom International Stadium christened the Nest of Champions. The club wrote to inform the LMC that they have now secured approval from the state government to use the facility.


FC IfeanyiUbah also wrote to request the LMC approval to play their home fixtures for the next three months at the Rojenny Stadium in Oba, near Onitsha while extensive renovation is carried out at their Beverly Hotels Stadium in Nnewi. The LMC has promptly inspected the stadium to confirm its suitability since it was not among the alternative venues initially inspected and listed.


FC Taraba are now to play at the Aper Aku Stadium pending the completion of repairs at the Jolly Nyame Stadium in Jalingo while El-Kanemi wrote to inform the LMC that they have decided on either of Sani Abacha Stadium in Kano or the Karkanda Stadium in Katsina State and are awaiting the state government's nod to settle on any of the two. Wikki Tourists also communicated their decision to play at the Pantami Stadium in Gombe and have commenced repair works on the issues with their artificial turf failure.


Chief Operating Officer of the LMC, Salihu Abubakar said while the other affected clubs, Nasarawa FC and Giwa FC are expected to turn in their preferred alternative ground by Wednesday, some of the Match Day 12 fixtures has been rescheduled for Thursday, June 18. He warned that clubs that fail to provide alternative venues within deadline stand the risk of being allocated a new venue by the LMC.


The rescheduled games are in Kano between Pillars and Giwa FC, Sunshine Stars versus Warri Wolves in Akure and FC Taraba versus Wikki Tourists in Makurdi.

We Will Miss Junior Ajayi A Lot - Olukokun

Under 23 forward Junior Ajayi will not be part of Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) side Shooting Stars Sports Club (3SC) of Ibadan squad that will be facing Bayelsa United in Match day 12 on Wednesday at the Oghara Stadium  Delta State. His striking parner Nojeem Olukokun believes the team will miss his service but remain optimistic of a good result.




The duo of Olukokun and Dream Team VI forward, Ajayinave formed a formidable partnership in front of goal for the Oluyole Warriors this season, both players have scored six goals out of 3SC's nine goals with a couple of assists. Junior has four to his credit while Nojeem only has two in his kitty.





Ajayi and fellow Under 23 team mate who was between the sticks for 3SC in their last home match against Lobi Stars, Biodun Akande will be missing out on this encounter due national team assignment.





The former Kwara United forward, Nojeem Olukokun told Nigeria Sports Arena after 3SC victory over Lobi Stars that his team will definitely miss the service of the two Under 23 players but he maintained that his team will return back to base with a desired maximum points.




"First and foremost, I thank God for today's victory, it's an important one for us, because if you check the log now we are on 13th position and that shows how important the victory was.





"On Junior Ajayi absence, yes we are going to miss him a lot no doubt about that, I personally we miss him because we are understanding ourselves week in week out, our partnership going forward has been great but his absence will not stop us from putting up a good fight, we are going to do well and do our possible best to get our first three poins on the road" he said confidently.





Bayelsa United are placed on the 18th spot on the NPFL ladder with 10 points from 11 league matches while the visitors  occupied the 13th position with 11 points from eight games. It's a must win for the Restoration Boys and a difficult encounter it will be for 3SC.



Pix by LMC


Monday, 15 June 2015

NNL: Nembe City Paints Gateway United With Goals


The Five week-old Nigeria National League (NNL) has continued to produce interesting results with Nembe City running goals riot by thrashing visiting Gateway United of Abeokuta 4-0 in one of the matches played over the weekend.



The Victor Rumsom Baribote-financed club has maintained an impressive home record this season after it suffered the same 0-4 defeat in the hands of Julius Atete FC in Week 2 showdown in Benin City, Edo state.



The sweet 4-0 victory over Gateway has put Nembe City in a good stead to bounce back to the Premiership cadre from where it dropped out last season.



Indeed, it was a good weekend for host teams as they made the best use of the home turf advantage by winning well except Kogi United FC which managed a 1-1 draw with Plateau United FC at Confluence Stadium,  Lokoja.



Among the victorious teams is Gombe United FC that dispatched Zamfara United two nil, the same score line that Spotlight FC beat Adamawa United.


Other clubs that recorded 2-0 win are Supreme Court FC against Yobe Desert Warriors and Ekiti United over Ikorodu United FC while Julius Atete FC beat Akwa Starlets 1-0 at Samuel Ogbemudia stadium, Benin City and MFM also piped Insurance FC 1-0 at Agege Stadium, Lagos.    

       
NNL WEEK FIVE RESULTS
Gombe 2- 0 Zamfara
Kogi 1- 1Plateau
Spotlight 2- 0 Adamawa
Supreme 2- 0 Yobe
Ekiti 2- 0 I korodu
Nembe 4- 0 Gateway
J. Atete 1-0 Akwa Starlets
MFM 1-0 Insurance  

Saturday, 13 June 2015

NNL: We Were Unlucky Today - Remo Stars Coach

The week 5 fixture of the Nigeria National League presents another defeat on the road for Remo Stars Football Club.


The early showers in the day presented both sides with a soaked pitch which ensured most of the football played was in the air.


As expected both team played to their strengths as Go Round were rewarded with a 21st minutes strike from Worlu Stanley as he gave the home side the lead. The response was expected as the Sky Blue Stars showed intent to get back into the game and were rewarded with chances which was left begging to be converted.


Head Coach Uche Okagbue couldn't hide his disappointment, as he attributes the loss of the team to be unlucky as well as commending the match officials of the game." It was a good game, luck wasn't just on our side in this game and I must commend the level of officiating am really impressed.


"In football we have 3 results either you win, lose or you draw. We came here with the intention of getting 3 points or least a point but we going back with none."


Having lost 2 away games before now with the same scoreline, Okagbue said"We just have to go back home and ensure in our next away game we have a better performance, we have lost our previous away games by a slim margin and I believe soon we will get a result on the road.


Winger Oche Salefu also couldn't hide the disappointment as he and his teammates couldn't convert one of the chances presented as they deserve to go home with 3 points


"Am not so happy we going home with nothing, we played so well to earn a point. Go Round were just lucky to have gotten the first half goal. In the second half we played mostly in their half and we should have scored but we didn't and that's just how football is".

NNL: Supreme Court Beat Yobe Desert Stars To Retain Top Spot

Supreme Court FC of Abuja at the weekend extended their winning streak with an assertive 2-0 win over visiting Yobe Desert Stars in one of the match day five of Nigeria National League, NNL decided at Area 3 playground.


The victory automatically retained Apex Boys on top of A1 group with 10 points.



From the blast of whistle to the end of the encounter, Supreme Court FC took charge of the game under ‘cool’ conducive evening in front of cheering fans that are eager to host Premier league action come next football season.


After missing flurries of chances, the effort of the home Boys however paid off in the 42nd minute of the match after stand in captain Emmanuel Gbemi was fouled right inside the opponents’ 18-yards box.



Striker, Friday Jacob stepped up and struck in the first goal from the spot.


Later on, Peter Michael fired a blitzing shot right from a 25 meters distance away from goal post via a free kick to make it goal number two in the 75th minute.


“I give glory to God for seeing us through. That second goal was my target and I thank God for helping me to get it at the right time,” Recounted Michael who has scored 10 goals in all this season.


For Jacob, “team effort has been carrying us all along. We have our target and we believe that we can make it by the end of the season.



On his part, Technical Adviser, Coach Fatai Osho was full of praises for his boys who he said gave good account of themselves.



The Abuja-based would next week travel all the way to Adamawa to confront Adamawa United hoping to garner more points on match day 6.

NNL: My Boys Are Ready To Crush Kogi United - Coach Mansur

Nigeria National League (NNL) side, Plateau United Assistant Coach, Abdullahi Mansor is full of confidence as his wards face Kogi United in one the biggest fixtures of Matchday 5 at the Confluence Stadium in Lokoja on Saturday.



Plateau United are yet to amass an away point this season in the NNL, they have lost two away games this season, conceded five goals and scored two, but Coach Mansor is not moved with the statistics,  he believes  his side can cause a major upset when they face the Wada boys later today.



Coach Mansor disclosed in a chat that despite all the challenges that they may face in the encounter with Kogi United that his wards major goal is to return to Jos with a valuable point(s).



He began" Playing away from is a difficult thing to do but then we have our way of getting the needed results.



"Although we haven't picked any point on the this season, we nearly picked one against Kaduna United in Week 3 but we lost the point few minutes to end the game. The game ended 3-2 with Kaduna United claming the full points.


"This will be our third game on the road this season, Kogi United former goalkeeper will be in goal for us and you know what that means when a player is playing against is former team, apart from this the preparation towards this game has been a great one and the lads have vowed to play their heart out in this very encounter" he confidently told Nigeria Sports Arena.


Prior to this fixture, Kogi United have played two home games before, drew one and won the second, this will be their third home game this season they will be routing for the maximum victory.

Thursday, 11 June 2015

ZENITH WOMEN BASKETBALL LEAGUE: AHIP Queens Magical Run Continues In Ilorin As First Deepwater, Delta Force Cruise On Day 3


2013 champions, First Deepwater basketball club of Lagos continued their quest to make the trip to the 2015 Zenith Bank Female Basketball Final 8 in Lagos as they grabbed their 3rd win from 3 games on Thursday  against  the Nigerian Immigrations basketball team by 65-39 points.



The Deepwater girls were lead by captain Blessing Emmanuel  who scored 18 points with 5 assists and 5 steal to help give the former champions an 100% record in Ilorin. Second year player, Saidat Ali also added 10 points to join her captain as the only Deepwater player to score double digits and put them in a relatively safe position in the battle for the Final 8.

 

The  Adolescent Health and Information Project (AHIP) Queens of Kano gave a brave performance against the tough fighting Benue Princess to join the likes of First Bank, First Deepwater, IGP Queens, Delta Force and the Nigerian Customs team with a perfect 3-0, Win - Loss record at the 2nd Phase of the Zenith Bank Female Basketball League holding at the Ilorin Township Stadium.




The AHIP Queens who managed just  4 wins in the first Phase in Abuja, held on for a 2 points victory after a 2nd half fight back from the Benue Princess to win by 48-46 points.



Coach Wilson Idanwekhai of AHIP Queens believes his girls can play better than what they are giving so far and his target is Lagos.



" I know my girls, if they are ready to play the will surprise everybody. I am not totally satisfied with the officiating but I thank God we've gotten 3 wins sof ar. I hope with the 4 games we got in Abuja and our winning streak continues we will make the trip to Lagos".



Other results decided today include Sunshine Angels adding to the woes of Plateau Rocks who are still searching for their first win in Ilorin 27-25, while Oluyole Babes won their first game against weeping girls of Group A Taraba Hurricanes 37-27. There were also wins  for Delta Force 59-27 points over Nasarawa Amazons while Customs and FCT Angels  as they secured  victory over GT2000 of Kaduna and Zamfara Babes 77-21 and 45-20 respectively.



Tomorrow's Fixtures (Friday)

Taraba Hurticanes vs Immigration

GT2000 vs FCT Angels

Dolphins vs Zamfara Babes

Coalcity Queens vs Nasarawa Amazons

Oluyole Babes v AHIP Queens

Customs vs Delta Force

First Bank Vs Benue Princess

Sunshine Angels v First Deepwater

Pinnick Commends Gallant Flying Eagles

NFF President, Amaju Melvin Pinnick, has commended the efforts of the Nigeria U-20 team that crashed out of the FIFA U-20 World Cup in New Zealand on Thursday, insisting the boys were not disgraced.

 

“When things turn out this way, we look at the positives. Which is why I will call on us all to congratulate this set of players because they certainly made us proud.

 

“They played with finesse and grace; real potential for the future of our game. The crowd loved them at the two venues where they played, and the unity in the team showed in the way they conducted themselves all through the tournament.”

 

Pinnick was philosophical about Thursday’s 0-1 defeat by a compact Germany team that saw the Flying Eagles eliminated in Christchurch.

 

“Football is about winning; but winning has different dimensions. We may not have won today, but we have won a battle to take our desired dream one step further. Our dream being, to not just win matches and trophies, but to develop a sustainable football culture for Nigeria.




“With the adoption of the scheme where our 2013 U-17 World Cup winners were elevated almost en bloc to become our U-20 team, we have seen enough to tell us that this same U-20 group that played and lost today, is good enough to become the future of our football. And we will continue to encourage that the group be kept together and grow together to give us a winning senior squad.

 

“With encouragement from everyone – the Federation, media and our highly enlightened ball fans – we can inject a few technical aspects to support this group to become the best in the not-too-distant future.”

 

The NFF boss stated that the Federation’s recent subscription into the latest and best football analysis software, ProZone, underscores the commitment of the new administration to taking Nigeria football to another level.

 

“Our focus shifts to Canada and the Super Falcons now, and the Super Eagles that begin the race for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations on Saturday. But I remain in awe and admiration at the efforts of the Flying Eagles’ players and technical crew.”

WOMEN BASKETBALL: First Bank Set 90 Point Benchmark, Issac Continue to Shine For IGP Queens

Defending champions First Bank basketball club of Lagos put up a masterclass performance as they became the first team to score 90 points in the 2nd phase of the Zenith Bank  Female Basketball League holding at the Ilorin Township Stadium.


4 time league MVP, Nkechi Akashili lead the Elephant girls to a 90-28 points victory over the Ondo based Sunshine Angels, scoring 24 points, shooting  a near excellent 90% from the field. Kenyan Import Lynette Atieno, Chioma Udeaja and T. Elaware all added double digits scoring 11, 14, 14 points respectively to support on the scorers sheet.



The champions remain unbeaten this season and are poised to make it 10 straight games as they face the Benue Princess in their next encounter.



The Inspector General of Police (IGP) Queens have continued to show championship calibre stuff going on a 7 game winning streak from the first phase. Championing that course is shooting guard  Christiana Issac who has averaged 23.7 points per game in the 3 games played so far in Ilorin  and the leading scorer at the first phase. The D'Tigress invitee after putting up 23 points this morning in their 72-16 points win over Coal City Queens said scoring comes naturally.



" Scoring comes natural to me, it's not like I am the best shooter on our team. It's all God, even though I work hard in practice".


4 time champion with First Deepwater Juliet Oyelugo also showing flashes of her old self with  nailing 12 points with 8 steals and 8 rebs in the win today. Up next for the Police Girls is  GT2000 who are still searching for their 3rd win of the season.

Wednesday, 10 June 2015

BASKETBALL: Nigeria To Participate In 2015 FIBA Africa U16 Championship

The Nigerian Basketball Federation's steps to relaunch her youth programmes  got a huge boost during the week following wild card invitation from the International Basketball Federation Africa (FIBA Africa) to be part of the 2015 U16 Men's and Women championship holding in July.
 

The Nigerian U16 Women's team will participate in the final round of the 4th FIBA Africa U16 Women championship which starts from the 10th-19th July,2015 in Antananarivo, Madagascar. While their male counterparts will participate in the final round of the 5th Africa Nations Junior Championship in Bamako,Mali from 30th July-8th August,2015.
 

The competition will consolidate the Youth development prospect camps and a chance to showcase the Nigerian basketball talents at the world stage. As the teams placed first and second in the African Championship will qualify for the FIBA U17 World championships fro men and women slated for 25th June - 3rd July 2016 and 16th July - 24th 2016 respectively.
 

The training camp for the female team will open in Abuja this June while the male time table will be announced in due course.

Sunday, 7 June 2015

NNL: Supreme Court Go Top, Ikorodu United Trounce Bussdor 4-0   

Yet again, the   on-going Nigeria National League (NNL) has continued to produce interesting results as home teams had near clean sweep by defeating all the visiting clubs at the weekend with Ikorodu United walloping Bussdor 4-0 at home.


Elsewhere Plateau United hammered Jigawa Golden Stars 3-0 while Remo Stars defeated rivals Prime FC of Ogbomosho 3-1. Adamawa United destroyed visiting Kogi United 2-0 but Head Coach of  Kogi United, Yomi Godwin Elijah has lamented the manner his team lost to Adamawa United in the tough duel on Saturday.


"It wasn't a good result for us, we deserve to pick something from this match as my boys played better and created their own chances, we were just unfortunate to lose," Elijah said.


Yobe Desert Warriors beat Spotlight FC 2-1, the same goal margin Supreme Court beat Kaduna United in Abuja.




The Apex Boys as Supreme Court is called who are on seven points, now seat on top of the table in their pool.


Technical Adviser of Supreme Court, Coach Fatai Osho who made several tactical decisions described the victory as a hard earned one against an experienced Kaduna-based side who featured in the country’s Premier League last season.


Also, Abia Comets FC pipped Go-Round FC 1-0 at Umuahia Township Stadium just as Mighty Jets FC and Gombe United drew 1-1 in Jos .

Saturday, 6 June 2015

NNL: Elijah Rues Kogi United's Defeat To Adamawa United


Head Coach of Nigeria National League, NNL side, Kogi United, Yomi Godwin Elijah has condemned the manner his team lost 0-2 to Adamawa United in their Week Four duel on Saturday.




The match played at Atiku Abubakar Stadium in Fufore saw the Confluence state club trailing after seven minutes when Useni Farouk bundled in a goal from a scramble.The Wada Boys regained possession immediately and they almost made it count in the 14th minutes when Sanni Idris' shot went an inch wide from goal. Destiny Ashadi also missed a seater at an hour mark as Adamawa keeper, Pwadadi came out well to save his last touch.




The introduction of Zadee Blee and Alex Adamu improved the attack of the away side and when it looked like they would get the needed equalizer, they conceded the second goal. Centre referee Mohammed Mohammed overlooked a glaring offside and allowed Shehu Abubakar to send keeper Detan Ogundare wide and sealed the victory for home side and also Kogi United's first defeat of the season.




Elijah who expressed worry on his boys' finishing instinct noted that a draw would have capped their performance for the game."It wasn't a good result for us, we deserve to pick something from this match as my boys played better and created their own chances, we were just unfortunate to lose," began the former ABS FC handler.



"It was a balanced game, Adamawa were lucky to get their goals, the first goal was ok but the second to me doesn't look good as goal, this is not a time for blame games, we will go back home and work to improve on our scoring abilities, Elijah said.



Echoing his coach's assertions, midfielder Sanni Aloma Idris believed Kogi United were unlucky for the defeat adding that they would bounce back quickly ahead of their next match with a believe to end the season on a high. Kogi United will host Plateau United in their next match in Lokoja on Saturday.

NNL: Eric, Gbemi Fire Supreme Court To 'Vital' Victory Over Kaduna United

Supreme Court FC at the weekend defeated Kaduna United 2-1 to extend their winning streak in one of the match day 4 of Nigeria National League, NNL decided  inside Area 3 playground in Abuja.



The Apex Boys who are now having seven points seat on top of table in their pool.



It was an action packed encounter which lived up to its expectation with both side giving good account of themselves before Abuja teaming fans who turned out en mass to catch glimpse of soccer show.



Visitors, ex-premier league side, Kaduna United opened scoring early in the proceeding and held on till the end of first half.



While the other half lasted, both teams held on until 72nd minute when substitute, Eric Eric leveled up with a fine finish straight to the net from a tight left angle.



From then, the Apex Boys took full charge of the tricky game before midfielder Emmanuel Gbemi fired another shot to keep his side ahead till the match ended.



Technical Adviser of Supreme Court, Coach Fatai Osho who made several tactical decisions described the victory as a hard earned one against an experienced Kaduna-based side who featured in the country’s Premier League last season.



“It was really a tough match. I have not played a tough match such as this since this season started. We really deserved to win because my players gave their all. We go back to dressing room and map out the way forward.



On their part, goal scorers, Eric and Gbemi expressed happiness for helping the team conquer and assured of their readiness to do more.

WOMEN BASKETBALL: D’Tigress Pounce Cote D’ivoire To Qualify For 2015 Afrobasket/ AAG

After a dominant 20 points win in the 1st leg on Thursday in Abidjan, the Nigerian Female national team sealed qualification for the 2015 Afrobasket Women/ All African Games later this year with an emphatic 88-43 points win over Cote d’ivoire in the 2nd round match at the Palais du Sport in Abidjan.



The D’Tigress was powered  to victory by Uju Ugoka’s 14 points, with captain Helen Ogunjimi and Primeiro Agosto point guard, Sarah Ogoke adding 13 points each in an impressive display on the night that saw the D’Tigress claw past the female Elephants with ease.



The Scott Nnaji lead Ladies took charge from the jump ball, taking a 10 points lead in the opening 10 minutes (25-15), then extended their lead to 47-27 at half time .


D’Tigress ended any hopes of a comeback for the female Elephants of Cote D’ivoire in the 3rd quarter outscoring them 26-9 to pull up an unassailable 71-36 points lead going into the 4th quarter. Closing the deal with a 17-6 points scoreline in the final 10 minutes.


First Bank Basketball club point guard Atosu Upe also had an electrifying night scoring 12 points alongside sparkling Ndidi Madu who also put up 12 points.


Nigeria has now booked a date with Angola, Senegal, Algeria, the qualifier from  FIBA Africa Zone 2 and yet to be named wild card entry in group B of the 2015 Afrobasket in Yaounde, Cameroun come September 22-3rd October for a battle for a 3rd African title and a ticket to the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

Friday, 5 June 2015

Abia Warriors Signs Former Golden Eaglet Goalkeeper


Former Golden Eaglets goalkeeper Bassey Akpan has joined Ladan Bosso's Abia Warriors on loan until the end of the season, the club have have confirmed.


The experienced campaigner gave a good account of himself at Bayelsa United after he decided not to renew his contract at Vietnamese club Hoang Gia Lia at the end of the 2014 season.


He kept clean sheets in his first three matches against Gabros FC, Sharks and FC Taraba.


Bassey joins a club sitting in 10th place in the top flight division.


Abia Warriors have accrued 13 points from 10 league games this season, and are seven points adrift of leaders Sunshine Stars.

Wednesday, 3 June 2015

Nigerians Lead Cambodia To 2015 SEA Games

Asian country, Cambodia are parading two Nigerians in the 28th edition of the SEA Games taking place in Singapore.



Abayomi Koledoye will lead Cambodia’s bid for gold in basketball event having handled the team for 12 years since his move to the tiny nation 17 years ago.



Singapore 2015 will be the FIBA certified coach’s fifth appearance as the handler of the national side he helped rise to 7th in South East Asia and 86th in the world ranking.



On the other hand, seasoned sports administrator Gabriel Ken Gadaffi is the head of the country’s delegation as they battle for honours in the East Asian sports fiesta.



Nigeria-born Gadaffi, who is the chief executive officer of Rising Stars International Sports Academy doubles as an adviser to the National Olympic Committee of Cambodia.



The South East Asian Games will draw to a close on June 6, 2015.