Saturday, 27 February 2016

MFM suffers first league defeat in Ibadan

Mountain of Fire Miracles Ministries Football Club of Lagos sufferd their first Nigeria Professional Football League defeat in the hands of Shooting Stars Sports Club of Ibadan at the Adamasingba Stadium courtesy of  a hat-trick by Jimoh Wasiu.

Having won their first two NPFL matches, MFM failed to replicate their last away form that saw them defeating CAF Confederation Cup campaigners, Nasarawa United 2-1 in Makurdi.

Wasiu Jimoh got the first goal for Shooting Stars in the 4th minute of the encounter after a howler by MFM goalkeeper, James Aiyeyemi.

Jimoh doubled the lead for 3SC on the stroke of 19 minute.

MFM put themselves together shortly after the second goal, they dictated the pace of the game, their dominance was short lived as the former Under 20 attacking midfielder, Jimoh scored the third goal of the game in the 36 minutes of play.

The visitors came out strong in the second half, got a couple of goal scoring opportunities with Sikiru Olatunbosun, Newman Musa tormenting the homers defence.

MFM  head coach, Fidelis Ilechukwu made couple of changes in the second half, Isah Akor came in for Stephen Odey in the 52nd minute, Emmanuel Onuwa was substituted for Henry Abara 10 minutes after the first substitution, Shola Brossa also came into the game in 76th minute to replace Oshobe Oladele to stabilise the midfield.

MFM gave good account of themselves in the second half but all their effort to record a goal was twarted by Shooting Stars players who stood their ground till the end of 90 minutes as they claimed their first win of the season.

Despite the fact the game was live on Supersport 9, the fans still came out in their thousands and they were thrilled with good football from both teams.

The Match Officials did a yeoman's job, the centre referee, Marwan Bala controlled the game, his officiating was quite commendable, he was assisted by Nura Abdullahi, Aliyu Madugu and Akintunde Akinsan.

Tuesday, 23 February 2016

Oshoala Flags Off Pre-season Tourney

The maiden edition of the Asisat Oshoala Women's Pre Season Football Tournament will get underway on Tuesday 23rd February at the Bishop Aggey Football Pitch in Mushin.

FC Robo, COD United Ladies, Royal Toms Ladies, Kadesh Ladies, FC Phoenix Ladies and Tokas Queens will participate in the event designed to put teams in shape ahead of the 2015/16 league season.

According to the financier of the competition, Asisat Oshoala, the main objective of the event is to give back to the public and also encourage girls to take their football careers to the next level.

"It gives me joy to have initiated this tournament in order to give back to where I started from," the Liverpool Ladies forward said.

"We all have our beginnings as footballers and always have stories to tell. I thank God for my career and hope to see these girls attain greater heights in the future," the FC Robo product continued.

"I'm using this medium to urge particpating teams to be good ambassadors."

The competition will take place from 23rd to 27th February.

Thursday, 18 February 2016

NFF names Manu Garba U-17 Head Coach

The Nigeria Football Federation has named Coach Manu Garba (MFR) as Head Coach of the U-17 National Team, with a mandate to repeat his World Cup –winning feat of 2013 at the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup in India.


Soft –spoken Garba, who was elevated to the U-20 team after the 2013 FIFA U-17 World Cup triumph, led the Flying Eagles to lift the African title in Senegal last year, but his boys failed to progress beyond the Round of 16 at the U-20 World Cup in New Zealand.


Garba will now be assisted by Atuni Ali and Ernest Teigpanyo. The Golden Eaglets will a few months begin the qualification series for the 2017 African U-17 Championship, which will be hosted by Madagascar.


The NFF also confirmed Bala Nikyu as Head Coach of the U-17 girls team, Flamingos. He will be assisted by Queen Gwendolyn with Lateef Yusuf as goalkeeper trainer.


Flamingos have already qualified for the final round of the African qualification series for the 2016 FIFA U-17 World Cup, which will hold in Jordan later in the year. They play South Africa over two legs next month for a spot in Jordan.


Abdullatif Ghazi Abdullah is one of the most successful entrepreneurs in business and football industry. He has two young Nigerian players who are set to leave to Europe to a big club which will be disclosed at a later stage. 

Abdullatif holds the economic rights of one of the most talented and best footballers in the African history, the Egyptian international Mohamed Ibrahim Abu El yazeed who is the only African and Arab to score a hatrick in the World Cup categories history.

The Egyptian made one of the best historic moves on the 1st of July, 2015 from Venezuelan international Gelmin Rivas to Ittihad Jeddah Football Club in Saudi Arabia.

Abdullah is popularly known for his Large/Tycoon scale of contacts in the Middle East Arab Countries such as royal families and top tycoons businessmen in the Arab Region. He holds a wide range of Millionaire's and billionaire's tycoon businessmen funds in Europe.

Potentially, Mr Abdullatif Ghazi Abdullah made a massive step to bring in a offer for African Star, Pappis Cisse from Newcastle to Al-Ahli in Dubai for just over 10 Million Pounds which nearly was boxed off due to the timing of deadline of the UAE Arabian Gulf League transfer window, Pappis Cisse was unable to move. 

Ghazi is associated with Anthony Finnigan with Players lounge which is one of the leading sports agency in the world. They also moved Lewis Abdullah Grabban from Norwich back to Bournamouth for £8 million pounds during the 2016 English Premier League transfer window.

Ekiti to face Lagos in FOYSSTON finals

Team Ekiti will slug it out against Team Lagos, in the finals of the maiden edition of Fountain Youth Sports Club Soccer Tournament (FOYSSTON) on Thursday.

The city of Ado Ekiti will be agog for the finals as there is a lot to play for with a giant trophy at stake for the winner. 

To get to the finals, Team Ekiti whitewashed Team Ogun 3-0 in the first semi finals with goals from Tolulope Ojo, to record his second hattrick of the tournament. 

The tie between Team Lagos and Team Oyo ended 1-1 and game decided in a pulsating penalty shootout. Team Lagos won the tie 4-2 on penalties. 

The final match of the historic tournament will hold at the Sports Complex of Federal Polytechnic Ado-Ekiti.

Mighty Jets installed Bazuaye as new gaffer

Mighty Jets have confirmed that former Nigerian international Bouldwin Bazuaye has been named as the club's new head coach.

In a statement released by the management through its Media and Publicity Officer Mbum Ferdinand, chairman of the club, Godfrey Hamza approved the appointment after submission of credentials by numerous candidates.

Bazuaye shot into world reckoning when he helped the Nigeria national U-16 team, to win the maiden edition of the FIFA/KODAK U-16 World Championship in 1985.

"We have evaluated his work ethics and believe he is the right man for the job, he has a wealth of experience and besides he was a former International star who played for Clubs at home and abroad as well as representing Nigeria at the highest levels of International football and that huge experience is what we want to tap from," chairman of the club Godfrey Hamza said.

Having gained valuable experience from working with Lobi Stars and Bendel Insurance over the years, it is believed that Bazuaye will add value to Mighty Jets.

His decision to accept the offer are based on the facts of the rich history of the Club and the enormous ambition of the management to win the State Federation Cup in 2016 and play in the National Federation Cup as well as gaining promotion to play in the Nigeria Professional Football League at the end of the 2015/2016 campaign.

Bazuaye will be assisted by Abubakar Abubakar, Haliru Isiaka, Joseph Atser and Henry Adams.

Wednesday, 17 February 2016

Ekiti, Ogun, Oyo, Lagos book FOYSSTON semi-final ticket

Team Ekiti, Ogun, Oyo, and Lagos have progressed to the semi-finals of the ongoing Fountain Youth Sports Club Soccer Tournament (FOYSSTON) in Ado Ekiti.

The tournament was designed as a recruiting ground to fish out hidden talents that will dorn the colour of Nationwide League One side, Fountain Youths Sports Club of Ado Ekiti.

Team Ekiti will today (Wednesday) set up a semi-final clash with Team Ogun, while Team Oyo will battle against Team Lagos in the other semi-final.

FOYSSTON finals is scheduled for Thursday February 18, at the Federal Polytechnic, Ado Ekiti. 

However, Fountain Youth FC boss, Bayo Olanlege, has enthused that his team will go about planning the future of the exceptional players picked by ensuring they combine education with their God given talents. 

"The players are not here for football alone, we will also encourage them to combine education with football. Those without O-Level will re-write WAEC or NECO and afterwards proceed to the higher institution. Gone are the days when players beckon on football alone, education and football works hand-in-hand and already we have enter into partnership with the Federal Polytechnic, Ado Ekiti."

Tuesday, 16 February 2016

Senator Ogba assures Pinnick-led NFF strong backing

Chairman of the Senate Committee on Youth and Sports, Senator Obinna Ogba has promised to continue to lend strong support to the Amaju Pinnick-led Nigeria Football Federation, stating that he is very much impressed with the performance of the administration so far.


Ogba spoke in his office at the Senate on Tuesday, while receiving a delegation of NFF Executive Committee members, led by the president, Mr. Amaju Melvin Pinnick.


“Let me congratulate you on the very good job you are doing. Of course leadership is always associated with challenges, so there must be challenges here and there. But the important thing is that your team is putting up great efforts and you are united.


“The truth is we cannot win all matches, and the earlier we realize that, the better for us as a people. I appeal to you to remain united and committed to the development of Nigerian football in all areas,” said Senator Ogba.


Ogba insisted that only one person can be NFF President at any time, and pulled no punches in declaring that “this is a properly –constituted authority and I firmly believe in the rule of law. As chairman of the Senate Committee on Youth and Sports, I want to assure you that we will continue to work as a team in the interest of Nigeria football.”


Speaking earlier, NFF President Pinnick commended the efforts of Senator Ogba and other members of his Committee for the support they have been giving NFF and Nigeria football.


“You have continued to demonstrate quality leadership and we are excited that you, one of us in the Nigeria football family, is the person here. We have been facing a number of challenges, some human –made, but we assure you that we because we are united, we are strong enough to deal with all these challenges. Our unity has seen us win four major trophies in our 16 months in charge, with several off-the-field accomplishments.


“We are very grateful to our great leader, President Muhammadu Buhari (GCFR) for the immense support for football and indeed other sports. We also commend the Honourable Minister for his wise counsel at all times, and your Committee and the House Committee on Sports have been excellent.”


Also with Pinnick during the call were NFF 1st Vice President, Barr. Seyi Akinwunmi, Alh. Ibrahim Musa Gusau, Chief Felix Anyansi-Agwu, Alh. Sharif Inuwa, Otunba Sunday Dele-Ajayi, Alh. Babagana Kalli, Barr. Chris Green, Alh. Ahmed Yusuf Fresh and General Secretary, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi.

Nigeria to host Africa Beach Soccer Cup of Nations

The Confederation of African Football has awarded Nigeria the hosting right of this year’s Africa Beach Soccer Cup of Nations.


In a letter addressed to NFF President Amaju Pinnick on Tuesday, CAF noted with excitement the decision of Nigeria to switch the event from 2017 to December 2016.


The letter from CAF read, inter alia: “Considering indeed that the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup might be held early 2017, and that CAF in odd years do organize three major events back to back, namely the Africa Cup of Nations followed by the U20 and U17 Cup of Nations from January to April 2017, the CAF Executive Committee decided to ease the overall calendar of events by organizing the Beach Soccer Cup of Nations every even years from now on.


“Hence, we look forward to a tremendous competition and to meet your team as soon as possible to start the preparations of the said competition.”


The 2nd Africa Cup of Nations of Beach Soccer to be hosted in Lagos in December this year will serve as the qualifying tournament for the 2017 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup, which will be held in The Bahamas.

Enyimba, Akwa United battle for Charity Shield in Abuja

Photograph by : BizzySport

Nigerian champions Enyimba FC are in battle again, few days after they drew the short end against Ugandan champions Vipers FC in a first round, first leg CAF Champions League encounter in Kampala.


This time, the People’s Elephant are up against Federation Cup winners Akwa United of Uyo in the annual Charity Cup match, in what is billed to be a titanic session at the National Stadium, Abuja on Wednesday. The Charity Cup traditionally opens the football season.


Akwa United are brimming with immense confidence following a run of marvelous results, including beating better –fancied Lobi Stars to win the Federation Cup and conquering fellow continental campaigners (Enyimba FC, Warri Wolves and Nasarawa in two rounds of the Super Four organized by the League Management Company.


On Saturday, the boys from the Land of Promise boldly promised more, by beating more experienced Vita Club Mokanda of Congo 1-0 in Pointe Noir in a CAF Confederation Cup first round, first leg match.


In Abuja on Wednesday, Ubong Moses Ekpai, whose goal in Pointe Noir has made the return leg against Vita Club Mokanda an easier session, will seek more goals, with goalkeeper Olufemi Kayode, former junior international Samuel Okon, Namso Edo, Ubong Friday, Kufre Ebong and U-23 star Godspower Igudia also set to impress.


Enyimba FC have returned from Uganda feeling a sting, and it is the right time to let off steam and regain confidence ahead of the return leg against Vipers FC.


Enyimba boast three of the best goalkeepers in the land, namely Olufemi Thomas, Moses Ocheje and Theophilus Afelokhai. Afelokhai was in action in Kampala, but any of the three can do a great job any day. They also have on their books Super Eagles’ aces Chima Akas, Kalu Orji and Ezekiel Bassey, as well as other decent names like Chinedu Udoji, Ugwu Uwadiegwu, Christian Pyagbara, Bartholomew Ibenegbu, Daniel Etor, Mfon Udoh, Andrew Abalogu, Oladapo Olufemi and Nzube Anaezemba.


The match is also the perfect tune –up for both teams as the new Nigeria Professional Football League kicks off this weekend

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Pillars to face Ebedei in Gold Cup opener

Former Nigeria Premier League Champions, Kano Pillars Football Club and Nationwide League One side, FC Ebedei of Sagamu, will be seeking a bright start to the third edition of Gold Cup Pre-Season Tournament when they face off in the tourney’s official opener this evening (Thursday) at Otunba Dipo Dina International Stadium, Ijebu Ode.

Pillars gaffer, Mohammed Babaganaru, told newsmen in Ijebu Ode that the team is ready and competitive ahead of the tie against the mobile Oliseh Boys. 

"I'm aware FC Ebedei is a very good side, with young boys and very tricky. They have very good players so we have to be careful, but I have told my players they must be prepared to give their best. My players are determined to do the job," the experienced coach said.

However, former Secretary General of Nigeria Football Federation, Chief Taiwo Ogunjobi, will perform the traditional kick off of the favourite pre-season tournament.