Friday, 30 September 2016

LMC Prize Money For NPFL Clubs

A sum of N200,000,000 has been earmarked by the League Management Company (LMC) board for all the participating clubs in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) 2015/16 season.

Below is the breakdown of the N200,000,000 for all the 20 teams in the  NPFL.

Final Teams Position:

1. N40,000,000

2. N30,000,000

3. N20,000,000

4. N10,000,000

5. N8,400,000

6. N7,800,000

7. N7,600,000

8. N7,400,00

9. N7,200,000

10. N7,000,000

11. N6,800,000

12. N6,600,000

13. N6,400,000

14. N6,000,000

15. N5,600,000

16. N5,200,000

17. N5,000,000

18. N4,800,000

19. N4,200,000

20. N4,000,000

Grand Total:             N200,000,000

Source: Mohammed Ameenu.

A triumphant finish awaits MFM FC, says Ogunye


Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries Football club of Lagos forward Austine Ogunye has insisted that his side will triumph over Ifeanyi Ubah Football Club of Nnewi in the final game of the 2015/16 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) season.

The Lagos-based team will engage the Nnewi-based team in Sunday’s top-flight matchday 38 encounter coming up by 4pm at the Agege Township Stadium but the intelligent striker is full of optimism going into this showdown with a victorious mindset.

Ogunye said in an interview with the clubs media team the that Olukoya Boys are fired up to end the ongoing season with victory knowing that gathering the three points at stake will cement their stay in the NPFL.

"I don't think we need anybody to tell us how important our game against Ifeanyi Ubah is. It's a game of our life and we are ready to fight because anything less than a victory means we are relegated. 

"We have been training very hard since we returned from Lokoja and the coaching staff are not leaving anything to chance, their programmes this week have been great, our response in training have been very impressive  and the spirit in camp is really high as well so I believe we will emerge victorious on Sunday.

"The former Bendel Insurance man wrapped up the interview session urging the fans to get  behind the team on Sunday.

" I  will like to tell our wonderful fans to come all out in their numbers and cheer us to victory and to be patient with the team in case we didn't score early goals because sometimes when the goals delay their kind words and support can really help us,"he concluded to mountaintopfc.com.

'We are set for victory'

We are set for victory, says IlechukwuHead coach of Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries Football Club of Lagos Fidelis Ilechukwu has said his side is 100% ready for victory over Ifeanyi Ubah Football Club of Nnewi in their  last game of this season's Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) campaign.


The Anambra Warriors will be guest of MFM FC in this weekend  match day 38 fixture of the Nigerian top league at the Agege Township Stadium.Ilechukwu and his men are aware that they have one thing to play for in this very encounter which is a remarkable win against the third placed team thus the youthful gaffer is looking forward to a glorious outing.



Ilechukwu who sounded very optimistic of a resounding victory said while speaking to the clubs official website mountaintopfc.com that his wards are fully ready for the maximum points when they take on the Anambra Warriors.


" Sunday's match against Ifeanyi Ubah is more than a football match for me and my players, a lot of things are tied to it, my career as a coach, the players careers and that of our fans and supporters because failure to beat the visitors means we are relegated and we can't  afford to let that happen.

"We have been doing our best in training, working extraordinary hard and our management led by Mr Godwin Enakhena has been very supportive and the players too are ready to fight with the last drop of their blood because it's more than a football match for them. Having said all of these I'm  very confident that we will beat Ifeanyi Ubah," Ilechukwu stated.

The Lagos-based side sits on the 17th spot on the Nigerian top-flight log with 42 points. 

Thursday, 29 September 2016

Rivers United Foreign Imports Want CCL Ticket

Three foreign stars at Rivers United, Godbless Asamoah, Wilson Andoh and Guy Kuemian have expressed hope that the club claims at least a Caf Champions League ticket at the end of the current Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) season.


 United will be guaranteed a place in Africa’s elite club competition next year if they finish in the top two place in this season’s NPFL and they still retain a mathematical chance of winning the title at the end of the current campaign. 

The Port Harcourt club currently trail the leaders, Enugu Rangers by three points and will be guaranteed, at least a second place finish in the league, if they win their final league game of the season, away to Akwa United. 

Asamoah was the first to speak and he explained that winning the crucial game against the ‘Promise Keepers’ is vital if his side to end the season on a high. 

“Since we drew that last (NPFL game at home to Abia Warriors last Sunday), the mind set amongst the players is to go to Uyo and win against Akwa United. “That will make the fans and us, players happy so we will do our best to win that last game.

 “We are working hard to achieve that,” the Ghanaian striker told RIVERS UNITED MEDIA. Asamoah’s compatriot, Andoh also echoed the sentiments of his teammate stating that a win in Uyo is non-negotiable.“We need to win against Akwa United and we have our destiny in our hands.

 “Drawing against Abia Warriors was not good for us as we felt we would get the win and consolidate our position on the log,” he said. 

The final salvo was fired by Ivoirian marksman, Kuemian who spoke about his desire to help ‘the Pride of Rivers’ secure Caf Champions League football this season. 

“The match against Akwa United is important for us especially as we want Caf Champions League football in Port Harcourt next season. 

“We are preparing very hard for the game on Sunday so we can get the win,” he said. Rivers United is currently in second place on the NPFL standings with 57 points from 35 matches.

NPFL Champions To Get N40m Prize Money From LMC


Champions of the 2015/16 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) season stand to win N40m from the Merit Award of the League Management Company (LMC). Rangers International of Enugu and Rivers United of Port Harcourt are the two clubs in contention for the big prize money from a total of N200m pool set aside by the LMC as reward for final position on the league table  at the end of the season on Sunday.

Last season, the highest payout from the Merit Award which went to Enyimba International was N30m from a total pool of N150m and this year’s figure of N200m represents an increase of 25%. The Merit Award pool has been witnessing an annual progression from N50m in 2012/13 to N75m in 2013/14 season and now N200m. The top three Clubs on the final table usually received the chunk of the Merit Award which supports the clubs financially in their preparation for the CAF Club competitions the next season.

 

According to figures released by the LMC, the champions would have received a minimum of N90m in all direct payments for the 2016 season including the Basic Award  which comprises of pool of funds shared equally amongst all the 20 participating clubs, the Merit award paid to clubs based on their final position on the table, the Football development and the Bonus award which is paid to clubs based on performances including incentives for improving match attendance, away wins/draw, fielding players under the age of 18 and hosting live broadcast matches. 

The lowest placed team in the NPFL this season would thus have received a upto N55m in direct payments from the LMC from all payment Centres.

A statement from the LMC explained that “in addition to the direct payments clubs do also benefit from other indirect payments such as free registration of players and officials, free insurance, payment of match officials’ indemnities and hotel accommodation as well as sponsored seminars and other engagements funded by the LMC”.

Rangers are three points ahead of Rivers United with the Flying Antelopes hosting El-Kanemi Warriors at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium now called The Cathedral by Enugu fans needing a point to guarantee the title while Rivers United go hunting for three points in Uyo against Akwa United. The Port Harcourt side will seek to win big while hoping

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

NPFL Champions to get N40m Prize Money from LMC

Champions of the 2015/16 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) season stand to win N40m from the Merit Award of the League Management Company (LMC).

Rangers International of Enugu and Rivers United of Port Harcourt are the two clubs in contention for the big prize money from a total of N200m pool set aside by the LMC as reward for final position on the league table at the end of the season on Sunday.

Last season, the highest payout from the Merit Award which went to Enyimba International was N30m from a total pool of N150m and this year’s figure of N200m represents an increase of 25%. The Merit Award pool has been witnessing an annual progression from N50m in 2012/13 to N75m in 2013/14 season and now N200m. The top three Clubs on the final table usually received the chunk of the Merit Award which supports the clubs financially in their preparation for the CAF Club competitions the next season.

According to figures released by the LMC, the champions would have received a minimum of N90m in all direct payments for the 2016 season including the Basic Award  which comprises of pool of funds shared equally amongst all the 20 participating clubs, the Merit award paid to clubs based on their final position on the table, the Football development and the Bonus award which is paid to clubs based on performances including incentives for improving match attendance, away wins/draw, fielding players under the age of 18 and hosting live broadcast matches.

The lowest placed team in the NPFL this season would thus have received a upto N55m in direct payments from the LMC from all payment Centres.

A statement from the LMC explained that “in addition to the direct payments clubs do also benefit from other indirect payments such as free registration of players and officials, free insurance, payment of match officials’ indemnities and hotel accommodation as well as sponsored seminars and other engagements funded by the LMC”.

Rangers are three points ahead of Rivers United with the Flying Antelopes hosting El-Kanemi Warriors at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium now called The Cathedral by Enugu fans needing a point to guarantee the title while Rivers United go hunting for three points in Uyo against Akwa United. The Port Harcourt side will seek to win big while hoping that Rangers will falter against their visitors.

All is not well with Ibom Angels


All isn't well in the camp of Ibom Angels as the Nigeria Women Premier League (NWPL) team haven't been well catered for by the club management in the ongoing league season.

The team is on half salary despite their good performance in the Group A of the top tier division.

May, June and July salaries was paid in half. The girls are yet to receive their August renumeration as they face a bleak future.

The highest paid player in Ibom Angels has a monthly salary of #55, 000. The girls are only given #1,500 daily for feeding in most cases when they travel for away games and sleep three per room in a sub-standard hotel. 

Players are usually treated like slaves. The girls train like a glorified amateur side as they usually appear in foreign jersies instead of the official club training kits.

There is no water system in the girls' camp. Away match bonus of #20,000 and home bonus of #10,000 hasn't been paid as at filing this report.

According to a top source in Uyo,  this development isn't acceptable and against the agreement reached with the pay masters and the players.

It was learnt that the poor turnout of players and officials in training might be due to alleged failure to receive full salaries and the poor working condition at the club.

Payment of half salaries to the players might not be unconnected with alleged paucity of fund.

A source in the team's camp, who preferred anonymity said all the state government tried to do was to ensure resources was available to the team and how the monies are spent is a riddle to him.

The case of the girls at their camp is an eyesaw. The landlord even threatened to send them packing because of how poor his facility has been handled. Their two-year rent was only paid partly three weeks ago. 

Players have been warned not to protest as there are spies ready to expose the rebellious ones to the Sports Commissioner and Akwa Ibom FA Chairman.

Efforts to reach the Sports Commissioner Emmanuel Uko and FA Chairman Emmanuel Ibah on the matter proved abortive.

Ibom Angels are third in the Group A of the NWPL table with 21 points from 11 games. 

Pinnick, Sanusi in Cairo for CAF Congress


NFF President Amaju Pinnick and Secretary General Mohammed Sanusi have arrived in Cairo for Thursday’s Extraordinary General Assembly of the Confederation of African Football.

 

The Extraordinary General Assembly, to be addressed by CAF President, Alhaji (Dr.) Issa Hayatou, will take place at the imposing Marriott Hotel Zamalek in Cairo’s city centre.

 

Among items on the agenda is the election of two additional African members to the FIFA Council (formerly known as FIFA Executive Committee), as well as a proposal by the Football Federation of Djibouti for the modification of article 18.3 of CAF Statutes regarding the candidacy to the Presidency of CAF.

 

CAF’s two vice presidents, Suketu Patel and Almamy Kabele Camara, as well as Ghana FA president Kwesi Nyantakyi, are among those in the race for the two slots to the FIFA Council.

 

Article 18.3 of the CAF Statutes, which the Football Federation of Djibouti is seeking modification, reads: Only member associations are empowered to propose candidacies to the function of CAF President. A candidacy to the function of CAF President is valid only if it is supported by at least five member associations. The candidate with the declaration of support of at least five member associations, a candidate to the function of CAF President must have played an active role in football as an official member of a member association, during four of the last five years preceding the submission of candidacy, and the candidate will have the obligation

Rivers United must fight till the end, says Austin

 

Festus Austin insists Rivers United will give their all in their final Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) game against Akwa United on Sunday.

 

Currently second on the NPFL standings, United will fall short in their aspirations of winning the NPFL title if the leaders, Enugu Rangers claim a point at home to El Kanemi Warriors on Sunday.

 

Rivers United captain, Austin says getting a win in the club’s final game away to Akwa United will be crucial to the side’s chances of qualifying for the Caf Champions League next season.

 

“I want to appeal to the fans to still believe in us. It was disappointing that we failed to beat Abia Warriors in our last match but we just have to look ahead to our next game (Akwa United).

 

“I want to however assure the fans that we will go to Uyo (to get a result that will enable us to) qualify for the Caf Champions League.

 

“The fans must rally round the players as we will fight till the end,” he told Rivers United Media.

 

Rivers United is currently second on the NPFL standings with 57 points from 35 matches.

 

The ‘Pride of Rivers’ will round off their NPFL campaign at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium, Uyo against 13th

Jos Court Orders non-tampering with subject of LMC Appeal, fixes October 11 for hearing


The Court of Appeal, Jos Division which sat on Monday has directed that there should be no attempt to tamper with the subject matter of the appeal file by the League Management Company (LMC) against the orders of Justice I.I. Kunda of the Plateau State High Court, Jos. This is even as the Inspector General of Police on Monday increased Police presence at the premises of the LMC to protect the staff and its activities.
 

In a related matter, the Court of Appeal also resolved the issue of who can make legal appearance for NFF. The court ruled that Barrister Maduabuchi who was appointed by Yahaya Adama, an ally if Chris Giwa , cannot claim to be representing NFF when their group is still battling in court to prove their claim at the Supreme Court.

 
Justice Kunda had amongst several rulings ordered the LMC to reinstate Giwa FC in the 2015/16 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) and also the committal to prison of LMC Chairman, Shehu Dikko and Salihu Abubakar, the Chief Operating Officer on contempt charges.
 

The rulings emanated from a fundamental rights enforcement suit filed by one Mustapha Abubakar, a supporter of Giwa FC who claimed that the expulsion of the club from the NPFL has denied him the right to get value for season’s ticket he purchased.

The LMC had on all occasions of the ruling of Justice Kunda challenged the orders at the Court of Appeal and filed for stay of execution which led to the hearing yesterday by Justices of the Appeal Court, Jos Division.
 

At the hearing of the appeals, the Court of Appeal directed that it was going to hear all appeals and motions filed by the LMC on the same date. The hearing could not, however, proceed because Barrister Habila Ardzard, Counsel to the respondent, Mustapha Abubakar who is also Counsel to Giwa FC, informed the Court of Appeal that they had only just filed their preliminary objection to LMC's motion on the morning of the case. Adzard thereafter requested for an adjournment to allow time for service of their papers on all parties to the appeal. The Court of Appeal granted this request and directed that they must ensure service on all parties by the next adjourned date.
 

Monday’s proceedings at the Court of Appeal and the participation of Giwa FC through his legal representation in them may have put paid to the denials of Giwa FC and his sympathizers that there is no appeal filed by LMC and their further claim that Dikko and Abubakar have been declared wanted by the Courts.
 

Counsel to LMC, Olumide Olujinmi had brought to the attention of the Court that the respondent, purportedly acting for Giwa FC, had brought some men claiming to be Police officers to LMC's office to harass the staff ostensibly on a mission to enforce the very court order which has been appealed against by LMC, and is the subject matter before the Court of Appeal.

 

However, Adzard in his response to the query of the Justices of the Court denied any knowledge of such an attempt to enforce the court order of committal. The Justices then secured an undertaking from the Counsel that his clients will not attempt to tamper with the subject matter of the Appeal, by acting to enforce any such order, pending the hearing of the case by the Court of Appeal.
 

The Court of Appeal adjourned the matter to October 11, 2016 to hear the consolidated appeal and all motions and objections filed by the parties.
 

It will be recalled that Justice Kunda of the Jos High Court had made an order of committal of Dikko and Abubakar for failing to obey his earlier ex-parte order directing the reinstatement of Giwa FC to NPFL three months after the club had been expelled from the apex Nigeria football league for multiple infractions of the Framework and Rules of the League. The judge of the lower court made the orders at the instance of a Abubakar who claimed to act for himself and Giwa FC.

 
Abubakar had filed a suit before the Jos High Court claiming that the expulsion of Giwa FC from the League was an infringement of his fundamental human rights. 

 
LMC has maintained, consistently, that it is not bound to obey an order of the lower court that it has appealed against, while that appeal and its application for stay of execution are pending before the Court of Appeal.

Sunday, 25 September 2016

MATCH PREVIEW: Niger Tornadoes FC Vs. MFM FC

With just two league matches to end the 2015/16 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) season, Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries Football Club of Lagos and Niger Tornadoes Football Club of Minna will go neck to neck this Sunday in one the Match Day 37 ties which will be decided at the Confluence Stadium in Lokoja, Kogi State.

For the second time in a row, the Lagos-based team would play their second away match of the season after pulling a crucial point in their last away encounter in Week 36 against NPFL giants, Enyimba International Football Club of Aba.

The match is a make or mar for the two newcomers who are fighting to beat the drop. The visitors need at least a point in this duel while the home team needs the maximum points at stake to keep their NPFL status intact irrespective of their last league match result hence an herculean task awaits the Olukoya Boys.

MFM FC claimed a 2-0 win over the hosts in the reverse fixture played at the Agege Township Stadium in Lagos courtesy of an own goal scored by Abiodun Adebayo and a great strike from Stephen Odey.

Apart from the two draws they recorded  at home against Wikki Tourists Football Club of Bauchi and Enugu Rangers Int'l Football Club, the hosts are yet to taste defeat at home, they have won all their home games scoring 40 goals and conceding 36 with 45 points from 36 league ties.

Coach Fidelis Ilechukwu and his wards picked their first away point of the second round of the league in their last away match. They have scored 34 goals and conceded 37 goals so far in the top-flight after amassing 42 points, three points behind the home side to occupy the 16th spot on the league standing.

Having made few changes to the squad that slugged it out with Enyimba Int'l, Ilechukwu and his lads will be looking to stretch their two games unbeaten run when they face their host this afternoon with the sole aim of gathering the available points in this encounter to be comfortable before the last day of the league.

The Olukoya Boys must be wary of former junior international, Solomon Owello, Gabriel Wassa, Abawula Anthony and Wilfred Angel Ammeh who are the stand out men for the hosts if they really want to nick a victory in this game.

Austine Opara is expected to lead the defence alongside Monsuru Bashiru, Stanley Okorom, Elom Kenneth, Nwaga Chuka with either Folarin Abayomi or Nasamu Emmanuel will be in goal.

MFM FC's midfield trio of Ifeanyi Ifeanyi, Oladele Oshobe and Onuwa Chukwuka are in pole  position to keep their respective shirts although the manager may include Alashe Sheriff or Chijioke Akuneto for tactical reasons.

Kogi-born Isah Akor may lead MFM FC's attackers made up of Sikiru Olatunbosun, Austine Ogunye, Stephen Odey and Adekunle Adegboyega. These men's performance may determine the survival of the Lagos-based outfit after today's game which will kick off by 4pm.

Ilechukwu's squad for Tornadoes duel

Head coach of Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries Football Club of Lagos, Fidelis Ilechukwu has released his 18-man squad that will face fellow Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) newcomers, Niger Tornadoes of Minna in Match Day 37 encounter scheduled to take place this Sunday at the Confluence Stadium Lokoja, Kogi State

MFM FC forced NPFL reigning champions Enyimba International Football Club of Aba to a goalless draw in their last league match in Port Harcourt at the Yakubu Gowon Stadium to brighten their chances of remaining in the top league.

Coach Ilechukwu has decided to stick with 80 percent of the squad that muscled out the crucial point against Enyimba Int'l FC. Newman Musa who sustained an injury in his team's last league match, former Nembe City goalkeeper, Egbe Ospino and Julius Emiloju are the players that didn't make the trip for this Sunday tie.

Below is the 18-man list.

1. Folarin Abayomi

2. Nasamu Emmanuel

3. Opara Austine

4. Nwaga Chuka

5. Bashiru Monsuru

6. Elom Kenneth

7. Stanley Okorom

8. Oladele Oshobe

9. Ifeanyi Ifeanyi

10. Onuwa Chukwuka

11. Chijioke Akuneto

12. Kenedinum Nelson

13. Austine Ogunye

14. Isah Akor

15.Elom Kenneth

16. Henry Abara

17. Stephen Odey

18. Sikiru Olatunbosun

Thursday, 22 September 2016

Oshobe targets win against Tornadoes

Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries Football Club of Lagos midfielder, Oladele Oshobe has assured  his team's faithful that the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) newcomers will keep their status at the end of the season with a good result on Sunday against Niger Tornadoes of Minna in Lokoja.

The Olukoya Boys will complete their back to back away fixtures this weekend when they face Niger Tornadoes Football Club of Minna in match day 37 of the NPFL at the Confluence Stadium in Lokoja, Kogi State.

Oshobe who has been in fine form for the Lagos-based team in recent times from his defensive midfield position toldmountaintopfc.com that his team will not be relegated at the end of the 2015/16 topflight season.

He began "The race for survival in the league continues as we face Niger Tornadoes this Sunday in Lokoja, we are prepared to give them a good fight which I believe will yield dividend at the end of the day.

"I strongly believe the team will not go down at the end of the season because if you look at our last two matches you will see that we are getting better.

"We are aware of our opponents home record and that's the reason we have put in extra effort and ready to go all out to get at least a point from the match. The spirit is high in camp because we know we have to play the two games left like finals.

"Our fans have been amazing they have been behind us through thick and thin. I want them to keep believing in us as they have been doing and I pray that at the end of the season we will all be happy together by God's grace," he said to the club's media team.

MFM FC sit on 16th spot on the Nigerian top-flight table with 42 points from 34 league matches.

Saturday, 17 September 2016

MATCH PREVIEW: Wikki Tourists Vs Rivers Utd

Not many Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) matches come bigger than Wikki Tourists versus Rivers United as far as the eventual result on the implication of the overall destination of the title is concerned.

Five points and three places separate the two clubs on the league standings with a win for either side certain to boost their chances of winning the title for the very first time.

The Tourists have not lost at home all season while United have failed to score away from home in the second round of the campaign.

The permutations point to a straightforward win for Wikki but technical manager of United, Stanley Eguma insists that nothing is etched in stone.

“I cannot predict the outcome of matches before they are played. I rather work towards (getting a positive result from) the game.

“I recall that when (United) we got our first away win of the season (against Warri Wolves in Warri on May 8), no one expected it.

“I can’t predict what will happen in Bauchi.

“I agree that Wikki Tourists is a good side but it is possible that they can fall in Bauchi and that is what we are plotting for.

“We have had a week to prepare for the game and we will go to Bauchi to give a good account of ourselves because we know the importance of that game.

“We know what that game will do for our title ambitions so we are not going there for (tourism).

“The fans should know that Rivers United will be giving her best in that game and who knows, we may be coming back with a win,” Eguma told RIVERS UNITED MEDIA.

Eguma will be pitting his wits against Abdul Maikaba who has moulded a fantastic unit with the Wikki squad this season.

The Wikki trainer is also upbeat ahead of his side’s clash with United on Sunday and he wants his charges to bounce back from the setback of their last NPFL game against Nasarawa United.

Wikki had dominated for long stretches at the Aper Aku Stadium, Makurdi last Sunday before late goals (the winner was scored in second half added time) from Eseosa Igbinoba and Aminu Kadir handed Nasarwa United a 2-1 win.

“We have worked very hard to bring this team to this level and everyone knows Wikki is not a big club.

“The fight will continue till the end of the season. On Sunday, we will give a similar performance and correct the mistakes we made (against Nasarawa United,” he said.

Ifeanyi Ifeanyi lead MFM FC’s 18-man squad to face Enyimba


Head coach of Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries Football Club of Lagos, Fidelis Ilechukwu has released his 18-man squad that will face reigning Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) champions, Enyimba International Football Club of Aba in Match Day 36 encounter billed to take place at the Yakubu Gowon Stadium in Port Harcourt this Sunday.

MFM FC bounced back to winning ways in their last league match in Lagos at the Agege Township Stadium after securing a 3-1 triumph over Lobi Stars Football Club of Makurdi with striker Newman Musa bagging his first brace of the season  to hand his team the much needed victory.

The NPFL newcomers will face the seven-time league champions on Sunday with the former Nigerian under 20 midfielder, Ifeanyi Ifeanyi leading the 18-man squad for the big match as they continue to push for survival in the top league.

Coach Ilechukwu's squad for tomorrow’s game will feature three experienced players namely; Newman Musa and Isah Akor alongside goalkeeper Egbe Ospino. The two strikers have had stints with various top clubs in Nigeria before joining MFM FC they are expected to lead the Olukoya Boys to a glorious outing.

Below is the 18-man list.
1. Folarin Abayomi
2. Egbe Ospino
3. Opara Austine
4. Abisoye Olawale
5. Bashiru Monsuru
6. Julius Emiloju
7. Stanley Okorom
8. Oladele Oshobe
9. Ifeanyi Ifeanyi
10. Onuwa Chukwuka
11. Chijioke Akuneto
12. Kenedinum Nelson
13. Austine Ogunye
14. Isah Akor
15. Newman Musa
16. Henry Abara
17. Stephen Odey
18. Sikiru Olatunbosun

Thursday, 15 September 2016

Newman tags Enyimba tie huge task

Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries Football Club of Lagos forward, Newman Musa admits an herculean task awaits the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) newcomers in Match Day 36 clash against Enyimba International Football Club of Aba.

The NPFL reigning Champions will host the Lagos-based team in one of this weekend's fixtures at the Yakubu Gowon Stadium in Port Harcourt, Rivers state on Sunday.

Newman told mountaintopfc.com that he forsees a difficult game against the seven-time champions but he believes the Olukoya Boys will claim their share of the maximum points at stake after 90 minutes on Sunday.

“We have a huge task against Enyimba this Sunday, it’s a game we must win but it’s not going to be easy for us.

“The win against Lobi Stars is a major boost for us as we go into the weekend match. Enyimba struggled in their last home game against Wikki Tourists. We need to build on our last game as we aim for the maximum points.

“A positive result in the match which I believe is achievable will keep us in the League irrespective of the outcome of other matches involving other relegation threatened teams,” the former Sunshine Stars striker told mountaintopfc.com.

The Olukoya Boys are fiftteenth on the Nigerian top league table on 41 points from 33 NPFL matches.

Sunday, 11 September 2016

Newman's brace powers MFM FC to winning track

Sikiru Olatunbosun's cool finish and a  brace from Newman Musa gave  Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries Football Club of Lagos their first win in eight matches as they outclassed Lobi Stars Football Club of Makurdi with a 3-1 victory in match day 35 of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) played at the Agege Township Stadium on Sunday morning.

The first 45 minutes of the encounter saw the Lagos-based team showing its  superiority with magnificent passing  skills and good movement on and of the ball as they created three chances under 15 minutes of play.

Olatunbosun had a chance to put the hosts in front in the 7th minute of the game when he raced on to a lovely pass from Chukwuka Onuwa but his effort went inches wide.

MFM FC had another chance to register the opener three minutes after Olatunbosun's attempt went off target through defender Stanley Okorom who failed to make his shot count for the homers.

The duo of Joseph Nathaniel and Anthony Agbaji of Lobi Stars FC were booked for a bad challenge on Onuwa and Olatunbosun respectively in the 16th and 19th minute of the match.

The opening goal came when Onuwa initiated a superb move from the middle of the park in the 21st minute of the game when he picked out striker, Stephen Odey with a fine pass. The teenager dribbled past his maker and put the ball into Olatunbosun's feet who fired home from inside the visitors box.

The Makurdi-based team only chance of the first half  came five minutes after the opener when Kingsley Eduwo played himself into a good scoring position but he opted for a pass instead of testing MFM FC's goalkeeper, Folarin Abayomi. The first half ended with the home side claiming a 1-goal lead.

A Man-of-the-match performance from Newman in the second half was more than enough for the Olukoya Boys to put the Benue Army to the sword.

Newman doubled the hosts lead after six minutes of play in the second half when he capitalised on a defensive mix up by Lobi Stars defenders and finished the ball calmly.

Fidelis Ilechukwu's men continued with their  brilliant display and mounted more pressure on the visitors and dominated the game for seven minutes. Musa completed his brace when he latched on to an intelligent delivery from Okorom.

The visitors pulled a goal back in the 61st through Barnabas Imenger's well-struck effort. The goal brought some spark into the match but MFM FC resisted Godwin Uwa's men's effort from causing any damage by cooling off the pressure to secure the needed three points.

The win has taken MFM FC to the 15th position on the NPFL table with 41 points from 33 league matches.

Saturday, 10 September 2016

Match Preview: Niger Tornadoes v Enyimba

The heat, the rocky and rugged topography, Welcome to Lokoja!

Two months after Enyimba left this historic city with a Federation Cup Quarter finals ticket, the People's Elephant is back in the Confluence. Delta side, J.Atete was the opposition that day but this weekend, the League defending Champions are up against Niger Tornadoes, Minna based side that has made Lokoja their home ground this season.

Having gained promotion from the Nigeria National League last season, our hosts this weekend have kept head above water and have banished earlier indications of a relegation fight. They sit mid-table in 13th with 42 points, 7 points less than we have even though they have played a game more than the People's Elephant.

Nzube Anaezemba and defender Ikeh Thankgod connived and ensured a 2-1 win for Enyimba against Tornadoes in the reverse fixture back in May. It was a game fans would not forget in a hurry seeing the duo had performed the same trick in Kano only a few days earlier. However the midfielder waited till last Wednesday to get his next League goal as his brace subdued Wikki Tourists at the Yakubu Gowon Stadium in Port Harcourt.

The games have been coming thick and fast for the blues from Aba and what a gruesome schedule it has been for Aigbogun's men. They play their 5th game in 13 days and the gaffer is already mulling over the thought of some new faces. "We will a​ss​ess most people so maybe there would be one or two changes to freshen the team up", says the gaffer. "Maybe not because of injuries but to freshen the team".

One of such faces could be striker Musa Najare who has made a recovery from an early season injury against Rangers in Enugu. Youngster Alloy Brown is also in the team and is pushing for a start. At left back, Chima Akas will hope to continue with Ugwu Uwadiegwu also injured. The question marks also remain with what the technical crew will think of the captain who has sat out three games in a row now. Udoji's leadership can come in handy in this tie.

"Now has to be sheer determination from the playing squad". Aigbogun continues. "Everybody is tired, everybody is carrying one injury or the other. We have played the most games than any other team in such a short space of time. I think it's all about being determined, if you want to win something you just have to push".

With the season drifting gradually into the sunset, Aigbogun hopes his boys can give a final push starting

​ ​​today to ensure a good finish. "I want everyone to give a full effort ​today and hopefully we will come with a good result as we end the season well".

Back in July, Enyimba left it late, getting their winner deep into stoppage time. And for this fixture, a similar tale won't be amiss.

MATCH PREVIEW : MFM FC Vs. Lobi Stars

A make or mar tie awaits Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries Football Club of Lagos in match day 35 of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) coming up this Saturday at the Agege Township Stadium against Lobi Stars Football Club of Makurdi.

The Lagos-based team began their quest for the first time in their history in the Nigerian top league on high but lost the magic wand in the second stanza of the league after claiming a top ten finish during the first round.

Having struggled to record a win in their last seven league matches coach Fidelis Ilechukwu and his wards are looking for a way to put an end to the winless streak starting from this weekend.

Lobi Stars FC claimed a 1-0 victory in the reverse fixture in match day 15 at the Aper Aku Stadium after MFM FC's defender, Monsuru Bashiru was adjudged to have netted  an own goal.

MFM FC have played 32 matches so far this season, they won 10, drew 8 and lost 14. They sit on the 16th position on the log with 38 points while the visitors occupy the 4th spot on the standings with 49 points.

‎MFM FC head coach, Ilechukwu has released his 18-man squad who he believes can get the maximum points at stake in this encounter.

Folarin Abayomi and Egbe Ospino are the two Goalkeepers in today's match day squad.

Ever-present stand-in captain, Opara Austine is expected to lead the defence line against Tony Okpotu, Sunny Akleche, Kingsley Eduwo inspired Lobi Stars attack.

The Makurdi-based team will have a difficult task in the midfield against  MFM FC midfielders led by Ifeanyi Ifeanyi, Oladele Oshobe, Kenedinum Nelson and Onuwa Chukwuka who are expected to give the needed support to the strikers upfront.

Newman Musa retained his position in the match day squad alongside left-winger, Sikiru Olatunbosun, strikers Stephen Odey, Austine Ogunye and Adekunle Adegboyega. The strikers are expected to do the needful in front of goal as they seek to put an end to the winless streak and give their esteemed  fans a heart-warming result to savour.

The Benue Army will however be looking for a way to claim a good result in this fixture hence we are in for another contest that promises to be exciting and fascinating.

MATCH PREVIEW: Rivers United Vs Warri Wolves

Rivers United will look to put their title ambitions back on track when they face Warri Wolves on Saturday as the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL).

Wolves are currently one point off the drop zone and are in dire need of points.

United, on the other hand know a win would boost their chances of an unlikely league triumph as well as raise confidence levels.

The ‘Pride of Rivers’ won the reverse fixture 1-0 in Warri on May 8 with Bernard Ovoke netting the game’s only goal.

They will be keen to ‘do the double’ against the visitors at the Yakubu Gowon Stadium, Port Harcourt.

Technical manager of Rivers United, Stanley Eguma says a win on Saturday is extremely important and is tipping his wards to get the job done.

“It is important to win against Wolves and I am sure we will accomplish that objective because the boys have worked very hard this week.

“Wolves are in a precarious position (on the log) and that makes them extremely dangerous.

“There will be no talk of underrating anyone because it makes no sense to do that at this stage of the season,” he told RIVERS UNITED MEDIA.

Rivers United is currently in second place on the NPFL standings with 53 points from 32 matches while Wolves are in 15th place with 39 points from 32 matches.

Form guide (last five NPFL matches)

Rivers United (LWLWW)

Rivers United 2-0 Ikorodu United (Home)

Rivers United 1-0 Heartland (Home)

Rivers United 0-1 Kano Pillars (Away)

Rivers United 2-0 Plateau United (Home)

Rivers United 0-4 Enugu Rangers (Away)

Warri Wolves (WDLDL)

Warri Wolves 0-3 Lobi Stars (Away)

Warri Wolves 1-1 MFM FC (Away)

Warri Wolves 0-1 FCIF (Home)

Warri Wolves 0-0 Enyimba (Home)

Warri Wolves 1-0 Nasarawa United

MATCH PREVIEW: FCIU Vs Akwa United FC


FC Ifeanyi Ubah will be looking to extend its unbeaten NPFL run to 5 when it takes on Akwa United on Saturday at the Dr Patrick Ifeanyi Ubah Intl Stadium Nnewi in a matchday 35 fixture.

The Anambra Warriors who are 4th on the standing, four points behind league leaders Enugu Rangers will also be looking to maintain their unbeaten home run and also close the gap at the top of the table.

FC Ifeanyi Ubah will be relying heavily on their home form which has seen the Anambra Warriors win 14 matches and drawing 3 at the Ifeanyi Ubah Intl Stadium this season and Head Coach Rafael Everton feels so too.

‘Tomorrow is going to be a tough match, we have had a difficult week having played only two days ago on a very difficult pitch, so I think we would need enough support from our amazing fans to push us to victory’

When asked on whether his team has had enough time to recover from their last game, Everton said that his team will be fully ready for Saturday’s clash.

‘Our boys are professionals, mentally we are ready. We will deliver come tomorrow. We showed plenty character in our last game to get a point in the type of conditions we faced against Abia Warriors but tomorrow its going to be different. Am sure we will deliver.’

Team News:
No injury worries for FC Ifeanyi Ubah going into the match.

Form Guide:

FC Ifeanyi Ubah: DWWWL

Abia Warriors 1-1 FC Ifeanyi Ubah  D
FC Ifeanyi Ubah 1-0 Wikki Tourists  W
Warri Wolves 0-1 FC Ifeanyi Ubah W
FC Ifeanyi Ubah 2-0 Rangers Intl
Plateau United 2-0 FC Ifeanyi Ubah

Akwa United: WLWLD

Akwa United 3-1 MFM FC  W
Enyimba 2-1 Akwa United  L
Akwa United 1-0 Lobi Stars  W
Niger Tornados 3-0 Akwa United  L
Abia Warriors 0-0 Akwa United  D

Friday, 9 September 2016

Odey sends warning note to Lobi Stars

Ahead of Saturday's Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) match, Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries Football Club of Lagos striker, Stephen Odey has warned Lobi Stars Football Club of Makurdi not to expect a point from the tie.

The Makurdi outfit are guests of the Olukoya Boys in one of tomorrow's Nigerian top-flight matchday 35 fixtures which will be decided at the Agege Township Stadium.

Lobi Stars in recent times have drawn two key matches away from home. The first was against title-chasing Enugu Rangers International Football Club in match day 28 before forcing Wikki Tourists Football Club of Bauchi to another 1-1 draw but Stephen believes that his team will overpower the visitors after 90 minutes on Saturday.

"Lobi Stars have pulled suprising results away from home in recent time this season. Nobody believed they could force Enugu Rangers to a draw and they did, they also recorded another draw against Wikki Tourists in Bauchi.

" Tomorrow's game means a lot to us, it's a game that will decide our hope of remaining in the top flight.

" I believe so much in the quality we have in our squad although results haven't been coming our way lately but  I believe we will defeat them tomorrow and put smiles on the faces of our fans," the young striker concluded.

Abia Warriors condemn fans unruly behaviour after Ifeanyi Ubah draw

Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) side, Abia warriors Football Club of Umuahia, have condemned in strong terms, the minor skirmishes that followed the club’s 1-1 draw with visiting oriental brothers, FC Ifeanyi Ubah at the Umuahia Township Stadium and accused the opposing fans of engineering the violence.

In a statement issued in Umuahia after the club’s emergency management
meeting, Abia Warriors recalled that the Umuahia Township Stadium has remained the most peaceful venue in the country as no violence had ever been recorded at the arena in the history of Nigerian Football
before, during or after any match no matter the result recorded.

The club noted that FC Ifeanyi Ubah had come to Umuahia with thousands of their fans and were the ones that started a fight even at half time when their goalkeeper beat up a ball boy for an inexplicable reason and after the game in order to indict Abia Warriors Football Club.

“We have lost some games and drawn others at the Umuahia Township
Stadium this season and nothing happened after those matches despite
the provocation by some of the officials, so what is the big deal about the draw with Ifeanyi Ubah? The statement queried.

Abia Warriors called on the league Management Company to monitor the
activities of the officials that handle league matches at this critical period of the season in order to ensure fairness to all the clubs and so that the league will not be brought into disrepute through the activities of some overzealous referees.

'Lobi Stars tie key to NPFL survival'


Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries Football Club of Lagos defender, Julius Emiloju has said victory against Lobi Stars of Makurdi will boost his teams hope of survival in the 2015/16 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL), reports mountaintopfc.com.

The Lagos-based team will host the Benue Army on Saturday at the Agege Township Stadium in one of the match day 35 ties of the NPFL scheduled to hold across Nigeria this weekend.

Lobi Stars FC claimed a 1-0 victory over the hosts in the reverse fixture in match day 15 at the Aper Aku Stadium after MFM FC's Monsuru Bashiru was adjudged to have scored an own goal.

Emiloju said his sides objective going into the match is to ensure that they emerge victorious in other to keep alive the hope of their NPFL status intact.

"We have only one objective as we head into Saturday’s NPFL match against Lobi Stars and it is to win the game because this period is not a time to drop points again.

"A win for us will change a lot of things especially our hope of staying in the league which is the most important thing for us now.

“All we need is a convincing victory which I  believe will put us at a vantage point as we prepare for the remaining top-flight matches, said the former under 23 invitee to mountaintopfc.com.

The Olukoya Boys are sixteenth on the Nigerian top league table on 38 points from 32 NPFL matches.