Saturday, 23 December 2017

CD Primeiro De Agosto sign Al-Ittihad Star YISA

Al-Ittihad defender, Yisa  Anifowoshe on Friday joined Angolan league reigning champions, CD Primeiro De Agosto, reports nigeriasportsarena.blogspot. com.

The 25-year-old teamed up with the Girabola side on one-year deal following a year stint at King Abdullah Sports City in Saudi Arabia.

"I am overwhelmed joining this team. It's one of the greatest things that has ever happened to me as a footballer and knowing fully well that I will be playing in the CAF Champions League is a dream come true.

" I have always wanted to play for a team with big ambition and I am happy that I am here.

"This is one of the biggest teams in Africa and I will put in all my best in ensuring that we defend the title and probably lift the CAF Champions League trophy," the former Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries FC player enthused.

The Os Rubro e Negros who will be playing their CAF Champions League preliminary match against FC Platinum of Zimbabwe in Angola will begin preparation for the new Girabola season next year January.

Wednesday, 20 December 2017

NFF/Zenith Bank Tourney: The future is here says Akinwunmi

NFF 1st Vice President and Chairman of the NFF Youth Football Committee, Barrister Seyi Akinwunmi was full of elan and elocution on Tuesday, after another successful and highly inspiring conclusion of the NFF/Zenith Bank Future Eagles Championship.

 

This year’s event was concluded at the Agege Stadium. Five days of exciting youth football in Kano came to an exciting finale in Lagos with South East U15 boys emerging champions after a 5-2 spanking of their North West counterparts.

 

Yet, there were so many talents on display on both sides that Akinwunmi, who is also Chairman of the NFF Football Committee, was much delighted: “I am very happy at what I am seeing here. We can safely say the future is here. I had no doubt when we started this programme that we were on to a great thing.

 

“Indeed, in the next two years or thereabout, we would have no reason to go outside this competition to pick our U17 National Team. We are also emphasizing the importance of combining academics with football. Any player who is unable to do this will be dropped. You can never compare the ball sense and guile of a player who is combining education with football career with that of one who is unable to.”

 

Most Valuable Player and Top Scorer of this year’s competition, Divine Nwachukwu netted a hat –trick to steer the South Easterners to glory. His goals came in the 32nd, 43rd and 53rdminutes. Franklin Eneh had put South East ahead in the 21st minute, with Oluebube Oguduba sealing victory for them in the 75th minute. Ibrahim Saifulahi netted both goals for equally impressive North West in the 52nd and 60th minutes.

 

South West emerged champions of last year’s edition.

 

“Football is about catching them young and this is what we are doing. Talented players abound everywhere in this country and you only need look for them to get enough. We will not relent but will even intensify the programme to bring the best from all the zones. My joy is that the sponsors (Zenith Bank) are also happy with this and have expressed immense joy at how this is turning out.

 

“With the raw talents that we have, all that is left is for us to find ways of exposing them, and we will work very hard at that. We will also ensure we bring the selected players to camp periodically to nurture their talent and add finesse to their game,” Akinwunmi added.

 

NFF President Amaju Pinnick, Executive Committee members Ibrahim Musa Gusau, Yusuf Ahmed Fresh, Sharif Rabiu Inuwa, Babagana Kalli and Chidi Ofo Okenwa, NFF Youth Committee members Busari Ishola, Dotun Coker and Edema Fuludu, Emmanuel Iba (Chairman of Akwa Ibom FA), members of the Lagos State FA and an array of the nation’s top sports editors/managers were among dignitaries at the finale.

 

North Central had earlier emerged champions of the U13 competition after defeating South West 4-2 on penalties following a 0-0 draw in Kano at the weekend.

 

The NFF U15 National Team had earlier wowed dignitaries and spectators with eye –catching performance in a 3-0 defeat of Pepsi Academy in an exhibition match that preceded the final match.  

 

HONOURS

 

Best Coach award - Jude Agada (South East)

 

Best Goalkeeper - Anthony Okoronkwo (South East)

 

Golden Boot Award - Divine Nwachukwu (South East: 6 goals)

 

MVP - Divine Nwachukwu (South East)

 

ALL THE RESULTS

(U13 COMPETITION)

South South 3 North East 0 (W/O)

North Central 2 North West 1

North East 0 South West 3 (W/O)

North West 3 South East 0 (W/O)

South West 0 South South 0

South East 0 North Central 3 (W/O)

South West 2 North West 1

North Central 2 South South 1

 

FINAL

South West 0 North Central 0 (2-4 after penalties)

 

(U15 COMPETITION)

North East 2 South South 3

South West 0 South East 2

South South 2 North West 4

South East 4 North Central 0

North West 1 North East 0

North Central 1 South West 3

North West 4 South West 3

South East 4 South South 1

 

FINAL

North West 2 South East 5

 

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Ifeanyi Ifeanyi perfect replacement for Mikel Obi

Nearing the twilight of the Jay Jay Okocha era, Nigerians began a frantic search for the perfect Jay Jay replacement. From Nosa Igiebor, to Rabiu Ibrahim, Nigerians have seen false messiahs who have failed to impress or hold down slots in the National teams and have struggled for game time at their various clubs.

Mikel Obi eventually stepped into the Nigerian creative hole, though a variation of the 2005 Mikel Nigerians hoped for(thanks to Mourinho). A slower and less flamboyant player than Jay Jay, Mikel exerts the same influence over the middle of the park and has a hand in every good thing the Super Eagles do up front.

At 30, Mikel has refined his game to depend more on intelligence than pace, a move that reminds us that the mercurial midfielder will soon be nearing the end of his National team playing career and the search for Mikel's successor would soon commence.

Blessed with an abundance of talents in Kelechi, Iwobi, the Nwakali brothers and even Etebo, Nigerians are a tad bit more relaxed about the impending exit of John Mikel Obi. However, for the skills and perceived vision all above listed players have, a ready-made Mikel Obi replacement plays in the Nigerian Professional Football League for Akwa United and deserves a genuine chance to understudy the maestro.

Slightly shorter than Mikel, he plays with a similar reliance on intelligence and vision to make his team tick. Like the fulcrum in Introductory Technology classes, with short give and go's, defense splitting passes and a knack for holding on to possession when under pressure, he lifts the creative burden off his midfield partners and makes the work of the attackers in front of him a lot easier.

A place in the CHAN team at the on-going NPFL invitational tournament will give us another look at the interesting midfielder, and a place on the plane to Morocco will present the grandest of stages for him to prove his mettle alongside the best in Africa. The question mark over his quality will be answered in just over a month, but I am backing the midfielder to prove that at 22 years, he should be blooded into the Super Eagles as fast as possible.

The player in the same mould as Mikel is Ifeanyi Ifeanyi, ex MFM Fc, and present Akwa United playmaker.

Sunday, 10 December 2017

Odey unhappy with first FC Zurich goal

Despite netting his first competitive goal for FC Zurich against FC Luzern in Matchday 18 of the Switzerland Super League played on Sunday at the Letzigrund Stadion, former Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries Football Club striker, Stephen Odey, says he is unhappy scoring his side's only goal of the encounter.

Zurich suffered a 2-1 home defeat to Luzern with Christian Schneuwly scoring the first goal on 11 minutes and Stephen Odey getting an equaliser for the home team in the 24th minute of the exchange. Stefan Knezevic of Luzern put Ulrich Forte's men to the sword with third goal of the game in the 37th minute.

"After putting so much of hardwork, I feel great about my first competitive goal with the main team of FC Zurich, it's long over due though but I am not happy with the result because it was not what I and the team wanted.

" It was my second straight start for my team ever since I joined them, and I am happy with the reception, the love and the care from the coaching crew, my teammates and the amazing fans.

"My game is improving day by day and I am settling down quickly into the team and today I scored my first goal in Europe but the result wasn't  what we bargained for," the 19 year old forward tweeted on his official handle @stevenOdey31.

With the loss, the City Club still keep the third spot in the Super League table with 28 points from 18 matches. Their next and last league game for this year will hold next weekend and it will be away to Lausanne Sport.

Saturday, 9 December 2017

New NLO season to start in March 2018


The Nationwide League One on Saturday rose from its Congress to fix March next year, 2018 for the kickoff of its 2018 football season. This was even as it commended the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF over the Super Eagles qualification to the next world cup in Russia 2018.

A communique signed by it Chairman, Drafting Committee, Yahaya Mohammad and Secretary, Olushola Ogunnowo issued to newsmen after it meeting in Katsina, said it passed a vote of confidence on the board of the Nationwide League One led by Alh. Mohammed Alkali and the Secretariat headed by Mr. Olushola Ogunnowo.

Part of the communique reads: “The Congress endorsed that the 2018 NLO Football season should kickoff by March 2018. “The congress also endorsed to review NLO rules and regulation and a five (5) man committee representing all the divisions and having the board director to serve as Chairman and the COO to serve as the Secretary.

The following names were nominated: Mr. Bayo Olanlege, DIV One Clubs, Mr. Yahaya Mohammed (DIV Two Clubs), Mr. Sule Abdullahi (DIV Three Clubs), Mr. Aliyu Kassim (Committee Chairman) and Mr. Olushola Ogunnowo (Committee Secretary). “The Congress approved that the the Zonal Coordinators should make effort to organize pre-seasons Tournament for clubs in there zones,” the communique however reads.

Giodano Football Club, FC, Kano State has emerged winners at the finals of the just concluded Super 8 tournament organized by the Nationwide League One. Giodano FC, Kano thrashed their counterpart from Nassarawa State, Aklosendi International Football Club, Lafia, by Two goals to One, 2–1.

Sunday, 26 November 2017

BREAKING: Benue State bid to host 2018 GoldCup Pre-Season Tourney


Benue State Government has declared it's interest to host the 2018 edition of the Gold Cup Pre-Season Tourney.

The iconic Aper Aku Stadium, Makurdi is expected to host matches of the Nigeria's most prestigious domestic club event, the Gold Cup Pre-season Tournament.

General Coordinator of the tourney, Tunde Shamsudeen, disclosed to Gold Cup Media Team after Kano Pillars were crowned champions of the 5th edition with 1-0 triumph over defending champion Lobi Stars FC  to claim their second Gold Cup trophy in three years courtesy of a 33rd minute strike from Rabiu Ali. 

"The next edition of the Gold Cup could be moved out of Ilorin, Kwara State, capital. We are delighted to announce that the Food Basket State have signified its intentions to host the next edition of the Gold Cup.

"Reason been that, we want to spread it to other Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) fans state. You would agree with me that there's a good follower-ship of our three tier leagues in Makurdi.


"We all know that we can't talk about our domestic football without mentioning Benue State or teams and sports administrators that have come from the state.

"The state boast of teams that have won laurel in and outside Nigeria, produced players that have excelled in the game of football and also produced fine administrators too.

"Benue State saying they want to host the next edition of Gold Cup Tourney is a big boost for the tourney and we believe that with their support the next edition will be bigger than the previous editions.

"Let me also state here, that Kano State have also indicated it's intentions to host the tournament too.

Sunday, 19 November 2017

Ezeani hands MFM FC first Gold Cup win

Austin Ezeani's goal in the 62nd minute ensured Mountain of Fire Miracles and Ministries  FC claimed their first win against ABS FC in Day 5 of the Gold Cup Pre-Season Tournament played at Kwara State Stadium on Sunday.


MFM FC began the thrilling match like a wounded lion and scored their first goal in the 4th minute of the encounter through Adebayo Waheed curling effort.

The Olukoya Boys went further with a long throw in from Zikiye Jonathan straight to Waheed Adebayo who connected awkwardly.

Saraki Boys got a deserved equaliser through Abubakar Yusuf after he perfectly placed his classy freekick that beat MFM FC's Olawale Oremade.

The Olukoya Boys came back firing in the second half but ABS FC was lucky after Soliu Dogo had a beautiful moment rushing out to clear out a dangerous pass directed towards Adebayo Waheed.

Substitute Austin Ezeani revived MFM FC hopes after he carefully put the ball beyond on rushing Soliu Dogo after been poked by Waheed Adebayo.

Ali Ibrahim had the opportunity to level up but his well tailored  scissors kick was saved by MFM FC's goalkeeper.

In a media chat with Olamilekan Gabriel, he said he told his wards  that today's match is a must win because they have to go through to the next round.

On the other hand, FC Ebedei coach, Sodiq Sulaimon says he can't blame his wards because they played well but MFM FC were wonderful and they played so well.

Saturday, 18 November 2017

Gold Cup: Okpotu's late strike earns Lobi point against Pillars

A goal mouth scrambled effort by Anthony Okpotu ensured defending champions Lobi Stars salvaged a point in grueling matchday 3 of the ongoing Gold Cup Preseason Tournament in Ilorin on Friday.


Victor Denis had earlier shoot Pillars ahead in the 25th minute as his overhead kicked crossed the line before Kano Pillars' keeper, Lawrence John could pick.



Pillars' Ibrahim Alhassan tried a distance shot on target Lawrence John held firmly on the line.



Ebube Duru raced past his marker to take a shot for Lobi Stars in the sixth minute but his attempt went inches wide.



Kano Pillars thought they had taken the lead two minutes later when Rabiu Ali gets a through pass from Nwagua's low pass but John denied him as he parried to corner.



Lobi responded with a renewed vigor as Ojo Tolulope run down the right flank to locate Okputu but Pillars' defenders combined well to clear their line.



Kano Pillars' goal arrived in the 25th minute when Victor Denis' overhead kick went pass the goal line before John could pick.



Lobi could have level up the scoreline with five minutes remaining but Pillars' keeper Yusuf Mohammed stood firmly between the sticks to tip Okpotu's goal bound free kick to corner.



The Makurdi based side still had a chance to level up scoreline with a minute to end half time as Uchenna Eze shoot from edge of the box but Mohammed punched to corner.



The resumption of the game witnessed an improved performance from Lobi Stars as they pushed for equalizer but Pillars stood their ground to maintain their lead. 



Ayo Saka curled wide a close range effort from Ebube's cross in the 59th minute. 


Kano Pillars' Keeper,  Yusuf Mohammed dived well to rescue situation as Ebube Duru's cross sailed into his box with a minute into an hour mark. 



Substitute Manu Garba could have put the game to rest for Pillars in the 64th minute when put through with a neat pass from Rabiu Ali but the bulky forward shoot wide with only John to beat. 


Lobi Stars would get their deserved equalizer with six minutes to end the game when Anthony Okpotu arrived on time to jabbed in the ball from a goal mouth scramble.


Both sides finally settled for draw as they couldn't find a way through to get the winner. 


Technical Adviser of Pillars,  Ibrahim Musa who commended both sides for putting up a good match noted that his side could have won had they converted their numerous scoring opportunities.


His counterparts from Lobi Stars, Evans Ogenyi praised his players for rallying to get a point from the match adding that the match afforded the Makurdi based Club to test new legs in their fold.

Gold Cup: Kwara United in another draw

Stephen Alfred's 60th minute strike denied Rivers United their  second victory at the ongoing Gold Cup Preseason Tournament decided at the Kwara State Stadium, Ilorin on Friday afternoon.

The two teams started the match like a house on fire, firing from all cylinders. Rivers United created the first attempt on goal in the fifth minute of the entertaining encounter when Samuel Akinubi tested the Afonja Warriors goalkeeper, Eze Chidiebere with a ferocious shot.


Kwara United's last season top scorer in the Nigeria National League, Micheal Ohanu had a chance to get the opener for his team but his flick header couldn't beat Rivers United goalkeeper, Cole Roberi.

The remaining minutes of the first half turned out to be a cagey affair as both teams struggled to find a breakthrough.


The second 45 minutes of the game saw both teams scoring a goal each.


Stanley Eguma's men were awarded a penalty after a foul on Martins Usule by Lanre Shuaibu and Ali Chiwendu nicely converted the spot kick following a beautiful effort.


Few minutes after the first goal of the match, John Obuh's men upped their game, went forward in search of the equaliser but the Port Harcourt based team defenders stood their ground frustrating all their attempts with great defending.


Kwara United's got their equaliser in the 60th minute through Stephen Alfred when he dribbled Semiu Laidi minutes after his effort narrowly missed the target.



The game ended in another draw for Kwara United as they claimed their third point of the tourney from three matches while Rivers United recorded their fourth point of the Gold Cup from two games.

Thursday, 2 November 2017

ACCESS BANK LAGOS CITY MARATHON: Sponsors promise best marathon in history

The title sponsor of the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon, Access Bank, has promised the world that the third edition of the showpiece will be the best ever in the history.

Speaking during a press briefing to announce the 2018 edition of the race in Lagos on Thursday, the Group Managing Director of the bank, Herbert Wigwe, said the bank will bring almost 100,000 marathoners across the world to Lagos for the race.

“February 10, 2018, Access Bank will once again bring together almost 100,000 marathoners converging in Lagos for the third edition of the race,” he said.

“When we started three years ago, people were wondering what we are trying to achieve, firstly, it was to show the beauty in Lagos, to show that the state is ready for business, also, we have to come together and change the narrative of Africa and most importantly Nigeria on how people see the country.

“People should be able to see that good thing can come out of the country, that Nigeria can host world class event, tourism is going to work in Nigeria and all the issues about security are really things of the past as far as Lagos State is concern. Hosting world class event will show that all the bad image about Nigeria was right.

“We are proud of what we have achieved and happy that we now have a Bronze label attached, the second time that any western country have achieved such feat in their first two years, Nigeria the second.”

While speaking also at the event, the president of the Athletic Federation of Nigeria, Ibrahim Gusau, announced that any record set at the race will be universal.

According to him, athletes competing at the race have the opportunity of qualifying for the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast also in 2018 and other major races in the world.

For the Chairman of GAC Motors, Chief (Mrs.) Diana Chan, one of the new sponsors, she said it was a must for the company to support the race.

Chan said: “One of the most important events we have been supporting is the Marathon, it is a must for us to be part of such a laudable event in the country, the marathon will show the real face of Nigeria compared to what the world are thinking of the country.”

Meanwhile, the general manager of the marathon, Yusuf Alli, has revealed that after getting the Bronze Label, the next target is to work towards Silver Label next year and in the next five years, the Gold Label.

Sunday, 29 October 2017

SWAN named Omoyele Osun Utd player of the season

Osun United Football Club striker Tosin Omoyele, has been named player of the season by the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (State of Osun chapter) at their meritorious awards ceremony in Oshogbo, Sunday afternoon.


Omoyele was honoured at the Atlantis Civic center after netting 15 goals for the Omoluabi Giants in the Bet9ja Nigeria National League..


The prolific gifted striker has been linked with a move away from Osun United, but was delighted to pick up the award ahead of the team captain Hakeem Olalere and defender Kehinde Adeyemi, who were also listed for the award.


Omoyele, played a pivotal role for Omoluabi Giants at the just concluded season with his side finishing seventh spot on the Southern Conference table log.

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

SWAN to install Ogunjobi as Osun 'Pillar of Sports'


Former Secretary General of Nigeria Football Federation, Chief Taiwo Joseph Ogunjobi, will be installed as the ‘Pillar of Sports' in the State of Osun on Sunday October 29, 2017 by the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria SWAN Osun chapter, at Atlantis Civic Event Centre, Oshogbo.

‘Osun SWAN Sports Merit Awards’ is aimed at celebrating those who have rendered outstanding services to the development of sports in the country and beyond.

Chairman Osun SWAN, Adeyemi Aboderin, said they considered Ogunjobi for his track records both as a player and administrator whose era as the Secretary General to the NFF witnessed appreciable success.

Aboderin stated further that the Chairman Osun Football Association, track records and contributions to sports development in Nigeria speak volume and gave him edge above other considerations, having contributed immensely to the empowerment of youths in the state and South-West in general through sports.

“We are aware of the progress made so far by the State of Osun in football since he assumed office and for his meritorious service to the development of football in the state and beyond,” he said.

The event will also be used to confer ‘Prestigious Award’ on some individuals who have contributed to the development of football and other sports in Nigeria. 

Some of the recipients includes President of Nigeria Golf Federation and former Osun Governor, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola, former President Nigeria Football Federation, Alhaji Sani Lulu Abdullahi, NFF Vice-President Barrister Seyi Akinwumi, NFF Executive Committee Member, Aisha Falode, distinguished Senator of the Federal Republic, and Gold Cup Pre-Season Tournament sponsor, Dr. Buhari Abdul-Fatai (BAF), former Super Eagles midfielder, Ademola Adeshina, and President Remo Stars, Honourable Kunle Soname, among others.

Notable personalities expected to grace the grand event includes the Royal Father of the day, the Ooni of Ife, HRM, Oba Enitan Adeyeye Ogunwusi (Royal Grand Patron of Osun SWAN), Royal Host is the Ataoja of Osogbo, HRM, Oba Jimoh Olanipekun, and the Speaker Osun House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Najeem Salaam (Patron of Osun SWAN), will be the chairman of the occasion.

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Lobi Stars, Kwara Utd, Lobi Stars face off in Gold Cup opener 

Defending champions Lobi Stars Football Club will lock horns against Nigeria Professional Football League newcomers, Kwara United FC, as the 5th edition of the Gold Cup Pre-Season Tournament kicks-off on Wednesday November 15, in Ilorin, Kwara State.


The game will be played at the Main Bowl of the Kwara Stadium as they are both drawn in Group A, disclosed the General Coordinator of the most elaborate Pre-Season tourney, Tunde Shamsudeen.


"The fixture of the 10-day tourney has been drawn, as the trio of Remo Stars, Crown FC and debutants Rivers United completes the group which has been tagged 'Group of Death'. 


"Last year's runner-up now CAF Champions League campaigners, Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministires (MFM FC) leads Group B with Aiteo Cup runners-up, Niger Tornadoes, Katsina United, FC Ebedei and former NPFL giant-killers, ABS FC of Ilorin," said Shamsudeen.


There will be other Group A matches as two known gladiators in the Gold Cup tourney, MFM FC and Tornadoes renew their rivalry when they draw swords at Kwara Football Academy practice pitch B. 


It will be an emotional one for Coach Fatai Osho as he will be leading his Remo Stars against his former team, Crown FC at the practice pitch A of the KFA.


The pre-season tournament is sponsored by distinguished Senator of the Federal Republic, Dr. Buhari Abdul-Fatai (BAF), Nigeria Football Federation Executive Committee Member, Alhaji  Ahmed Yusuf Fresh, alongside foremost betting company, Bet9ja, Nigeria leading sportswear firm, 'Cone', Naija League Magazine, Tribeca Code, Phoenix ASC, Matchroom, Sportspro, Bovina View Hotel, Stadium Hotel and New-Bell Global Investment.

Friday, 13 October 2017

Senator Saleh honours 30 ex-International

No fewer than 30 ex-Nigeria International Footballers, Coaches and Sports Administrators who have made their mark in contributing to the   football in Kaduna and the nation were on Sunday honoured by immediate past Senator representing Kaduna Central, Senator Sani Saleh.

One of the group matches of the ongoing Senator Sani Saleh Peace and Unity Cup which was played at the Ungwan Yelwa Primary School Football Field in Kaduna between star studded Narayi and Sabon Gari ended in a goalless draw after both teams failed to convert chances.

The exciting game was indeed a huge success as spectators trooped in to be thrilled with lovely football skills.  Players and officials who have made Nigerians proud in the past were called up at half time to receive an honorable award for their services to humanity.

Some of the notable recipients are ex internationals, Emmanuel Babayaro, Garba Lawal and Ishaya Jatau.

Wife’s and children of some deceased players and officials were also presented with bags of rice, gallons of vegetable oil and cash awards.

Earlier, Efe Ambrose had presented an authentic version of his jersey to Senator Sani Saleh as an appreciation for his contributions to development of football at the grassroots.

Top dignitaries spotted at the event were former Kaduna State FA Chairman and Commissioner of Sports, Honourable Shehu Adamu, former Kaduna United Chairman, Honourable Sabo Babayaro, former Chairman Chikun Local Government Council, Hajia Hadiza Yahuza and President GRASOF, Kaduna State FA Chairman, Hon Sheriff Alkassim, Kaduna FA Secretary, Abdusallam Jere and GRASSOF President, Honourable Babami Danlami.

At the end of the competition, winners are expected to win a brand new Sharon Space Bus, runner-up will smile to the bank with one million Naira, while second runners-up are expected to get N500,000.

All the matches of the competition will be played among three pitches; Chawai Road Primary School Tudun Wada, Kawo Primary School and Ungwan Yelwa Primary School.

Sunday, 17 September 2017

Pinnick has 48 hours to tell Nigerians the truth or we go to court- Ubah

NFF President  Amaju Pinnick through his special adviser on media Calistus Ebare, offered an interview to www.scorenigeria.com, disparaging the personality of Chief Patrick Ifeanyi Ubah whom he described as a liar following unfounded rumours or stories credited to the FA chairman of Anambra state

The report stated unequivocally that the NFF did not collect a dime from Chief Ubah to offset the salaries or arrears of Super Eagles head coach, Gernot Rohr, whereas in the contrary,  Chief Ubah says he played a big part in how Rohr's salaries were paid from the onset and has demanded a public apology within the next 48 hours or he will take legal actions against the leadership of the football house.

This is set to open a fresh crisis in Nigeria as the chairman and CEO of Capital  Oil and Gas, Dr Patrick  Ifeanyi Ubah, open a can of angry worms, that will reveal massive corruption within the football house in Nigeria. 

Chief Ubah in his first official reaction on the matter posted on NSM REBRANDED,  a Whatsapp forum that currently serves as the mouthpiece of Nigeria football stakeholders.

"Gentlemen of this platform..
It is very disappointing that the Leader of our country's football organisation will lie against all I've done to support him and Nigeria Football . I will make my position known through my lawyers and media aides on Monday, September 18."

Meanwhile, as we await this latest drama, our source can confirm on good authority that Dr Patrick Ifeanyi Ubah through his company Capital Oil and Gas, bailed the NFF from many crisis during their turbulent moments.

At that point, when Paul Le Guen dumped Nigeria after he refused to show up for a hurriedly arranged interview, the NFF needed a bailout and Chief Ubah came to their rescue both in cash and kind as the football house went in search of  Franco/German, Gernot Rohr, who has today steadied the ship of Nigeria football.

Chief Ubah, as we were made to understand, helped to offset the first five months of Gernot Rohr's salary, which the NFF in return, retrieved from their quarterly budgetary allocation.

Chief Ubah came to the rescue of the Nigeria football federation and the National sports commission when the Under-23 Eagles were stranded in Atlanta, Georgia, after three weeks of camping in Gods own country. The uproar that followed that national disgrace left many Nigerians cursing the NFF and it was Chief chief Ubah who dipped his hand into his pocket to safe another potential national embarrassment.

After the Eagles ill fated 1-1 draw with Egypt in Kaduna, the team needed someone to bail the football house with funds that will enable them chatter a private jet to airlift the the Super Eagles to Egypt for the return leg, again, chief Ubah offered the olive branch for the Eagles to make the trip.

To imagine, that Pinnick is now demanding that Ubah provides evidences of favours rendered the federation is baffling and very unfortunate according to a very close source of the oil magnate .

At the heat of the CAF elections, when it became obvious that Pinnick was desperate to wrestle away powers from the Benin Republic FA president Moushafu Anjorin for a CAF executive committee seat, the NFF president ran to Dr Patrick Ubah again for help and the billionaire businessman offered him his private jet to airlift a strong delegation that includes former CAF executive committee member, Amos Adams,  to Cameroon, where they went to lobby former CAF president Issa Hayatou to support his CAF ambition.

All these and many more will be revealed in an evidence filled document that will go public in the coming days according to our source who is a close source to Dr Ubah.

The source also made mention of the coming of infantino and Samoura to Nigeria prior to the CAF elections but held back on providing details on the role played by Dr Ubah in that visit. 

This visit and the support rendered Ahmad Ahmad in the run up to the CAF presidential election are part of a large scale revelation that will go public soon said our source.

Chief Ubah has however denied stories making the rounds that he is desperate to contest the position of NFF president, insisting that what matters to him is to see to the growth and development of Nigeria football through private sector investment and promotion.

In the last two years, Dr Patrick Ifeanyi Ubah has established himself as a major force not only in Nigeria but Africa football with the setting up of FC Ifeanyi Ubah, a football club that defeated all comers to win the 2016 NFF federation Cup (now Aiteo Cup) . He later went on to represent Nigeria in the CAF confederation cup competition.

The FC Ifeanyi Ubah international stadium has become a landmark reference point in Nigeria football as the best privately owned stadium ever built in Nigeria.

Dr Patrick Ifeanyi Ubah's 1 football, 1 family programme could turn out to be,  the biggest youth football festival ever seen in this part of the world as the gospel of the beautiful game will soon spread to 50,000 homes in the 21 local government areas of Anambra state.

Thursday, 24 August 2017

We must support Bamigbelu, he must not die, Ilechukwu pleads

Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries FC head coach Fidelis Ilechukwu is calling on Nigerians to support award-winning photojournalist, Bamigbelu Ademola Origa, who is in dire need of N5 million for a hip replacement/Osteomyelitis surgery.

The Lagos-based team gaffer who has donated a token to this cause believes Bamigbelu Ademola Origa will overcome the challenges if Nigerians will come to his aid by supporting him with their donations. He said "Bamigbelu is a talented photojournalist, he is arguably the best photojournalist we have in Nigeria as far as sport is concerned and and I believe he will survive this predicament.

"I am using this opportunity to call on Nigerians to support this cause by giving our widow's mite in order for Bamigbelu to have a successful surgery. This is the best time to rally round the young man.

"For me this is a fight against death and I believe we all as individuals can fight this battle with anything we have. We can save the world by showing love to the next man and love is best expressed through giving.

"I have done my part and I will continue to donate to this cause till we win the battle and I believe club administrators, coaches and players in the Nigerian league will follow suit because most of us in the league have benefited from this man's work and I think it's necessary we support him at this critical moment," Ilechukwu pleaded.

The award-winning photojournalist who has been battling with health challenge since 2015 is currently going through excruciating pains day by day. He has been able to raise N960,000 from friends and well wishers.

Below is his account details for your donations: Bamigbelu Ademola Medical Union Bank :0048053797

Monday, 21 August 2017

NPFL Needs Cooperate Nigeria To Be More Attractive - Irabor

The Chief Executive Officer of the League management company ,LMC,Honorable Nduka Irabor has declared that the Nigeria Professional Football League,NPFL needs the investment from cooperate Nigeria to be more attractive and reach the standards we will all be proud of.

 

This is coming on the trails of huge cooperate Nigeria investments in foreign sporting activities. He made this assertion at the symposium organised by the Lagos state chapter of the Sports writer Association of Nigeria ,Lagos SWAN, to mark this year Lagos SWAN week.

 

Irabor affirmed that over 100 billion naira leaves the shores of the country on yearly basis from the purse of cooperate Nigeria sponsoring foreign sporting activities especially football.

 

"From our study with the central bank of Nigeria 100 billion naira goes out to sponsor foreign sporting activities especially football on yearly basis from cooperate Nigeria" .

 

But how can we make NPFL attractive to the "foreign investing" cooperate Nigeria? The astute administrator believe the NPFL is sufficiently attractive enough to attract investors and have a good return for their money but asked for their sense of pride in investing in a thing 'of own 'and then they can only invest in the league to make it more attractive and not abandoning it for foreign sporting activities.

 

"There are two ways to look at it,it's ours . First of all , the sense of pride has to reign to make it more attractive we need the money.

"As it is right now it's attractive enough. The days you say they don't come to see match is over. We ve seen on a match day people thronging the stadium ,things have changed but we need to draw attention to it."

 

The journalist turned administrator also defined the role the media should play in other to make the league more attractive.

"What's important is that the media should let people see what is going on as it is ,don't exaggerate,inflate or blow up minor issues.

"Some things are trivial that we tend to concentrate on,is it poor officiating? These things are not new to football it happen even at world cup stage sometimes they are human errors that we in the media makes it to look as if it determine the league itself, don't put people off,sure you have a role to play".

 

Finally,Irabor  proposes the need for community ownership of clubs as this will get the people involved and also make the league more attractive.

 
"I am not saying that the administrators should not look for a proper way to project their game but let this game get into the community.
If the people are involved, or are part of the club entity they will want to come out and see what they are doing," he concludes.

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

"I learnt a lot playing against Stuttgart"- Hadedeji

Mayungbe Prince Hadedeji is a Nigerian footballer, born and brought up in Lagos. Hadedeji made his way into Germany about five years ago where he plays football as a professional. He has got the potentials, and he seeks more opportunities to play and experience top-flight football in any part of Europe.

How long have you been in Germany and how is life over there? 

Well, I have been in Germany for about five years now and I can say that it has been good all along. Life here is quite organised, it is a society that allows and enable you to become what you want to be provided you have your papers as a foreigner and you understand the language.

Can you mention the clubs you have played for in Germany? 

Since I arrived here, I have been opportune to play for a number of Professional amateur clubs while I still chase the top dream. I have played for T.KS.Z LUDWISBURG,FC MARBACH, and TV PFLUGFELDEN which is my present club.

Where is your preferred position? 

I play outside right or outside left position. I can also play from the attacking midfield role. 

Have you always been a forward? 

I think I will say I am more comfortable in the outside right or left the position. In the club's I played, I've always maintained the role so I enjoy playing from the sides.

Where do you see yourself in the next coming years?

It is the dream of every footballer to attain top Professional level, the ultimate for me is to one day play in any premier Division in Europe. I know this dream will come true very soon, it's just a matter of time.

How competitive will you say the league you currently play is? 

The professional Amateur league here I'll say is far above other European countries in my opinion. The level of organised is topnotch, the team want to win and win well. You just have to be the best here to qualify to the next level without favouritism.

What will you say is the difference between Nigerian football and German football?

There are a lot of differences. In Nigeria, football is more physical, and the facilities are not always available. Look at the pitches in Nigeria, they do not encourage good football. But here in Germany, I can say that you will learn good movement, tactics and you are exposed to sound coaching. The playing turf is also football friendly and the other equipment you need to develop are available.

Which match will you describe as the most difficult so far?

Without thinking too much, I will say the match my team played against Stuttgart. As you know the Stuttgart side is a top division team, so playing against them was quite tough. Although we lost but I will say I learnt alot from that match.

Have you had any trial recently in any part of Europe?

Yes, I was in France some months back for a trial at AS Pagny. All things being equal there is a move in the pipeline that will happen soon, once it is all clear it will be made public.

Any dream of playing in the national team of Nigeria?

Of course yes. It is the dream of every player to see himself in the Green and White colours representing Nigeria. I once had the opportunity when I got called for the up in the junior cadre but then I didn't make it, but I know my time shall come. So if I get an invite, I'll jump at it.

Who is your role model or which sports icon has influenced you the most? 

Is that your favourite sports personality? Without thinking twice, my role model is Thierry Henry. I love the way he used to play in his days, I still watch some of his clips to learn and improve daily in my game. And for my the person who has influenced my life the most, I'll say my dad. He has always been there to encourage and support me in any step I take toward my career.

If you were not playing football, what would you have been doing?

 There something I love too much which is being a DJ. I like music so much and I still try my hands on it whenever I have the time to. 

Which team do you support?

 Arsenal FC has always been my favourite football club because of the kind of football they play. I will also say love good football, so any club that delivers that, I like such club.

Dou you have a nick name?

Some of my team mates here call me Prince Boateng. 

NIGERIAN UNDER 15: Nigeria’s Future Eagles Set For International Friendly Game Against Morocco

The U15 National Team of Nigeria, known as Future Eagles, will on Wednesday and Thursday play two international friendly matches against their Moroccan counterparts in Rabat, Morocco.

Both teams will slug it out at the National Football Centre, Rabat starting from 4pm on Wednesday, and again clash at the same venue on Thursday from mid-day.

The U15 squad and their officials arrived in Rabat on Sunday, and have had three training sessions at the National Football Centre ahead of the friendly games.

Before flying to Morocco, the team visited the corporate headquarters of Zenith International Bank, NFF’s major sponsor on youth football, where they met with the Group Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Peter Amangbo and members of his Management team.
 

The players were selected from the pool that emerged from the inaugural edition of the NFF/Zenith Bank Future Eagles Championship held in Ijebu-Ode, Lagos and Abuja in the last quarter of 2016.

NFF 1st Vice President and Chairman of the NFF Youth Development Committee, Barrister Seyi Akinwunmi, who is head of delegation in Morocco, told thenff.com that he is delighted with the composure and discipline of the players.

“I have been with the boys for a couple of days and I am happy with their general attitude. I can see discipline, dedication and humility, and I can also see ambition.

“These matches are just friendly sessions but I believe the boys will gain tremendously from the experience.”

Monday, 14 August 2017

Nigerian Top Female Musician visits D’Tigress

D’Tigress camp received an August visitor on Sunday when Nigeria music sensation, Tiwa Savage paid an unscheduled visit to the team at their Protea Hotel abode.

The visit of the musician which was facilitated by a board member and athletes' representative of the Nigeria Basketball Federation, Ejike Ugboaja was part of a welfare package put in place by the new NBBF board to motivate the team and aid their bonding ahead of the 2017 FIBA Afrobasket Tournament taking place in Mali.

It was unprecedented as it was the first time in the history of any basketball national team that a celebrity paid a visit to the team before an international competition.


Speaking during her visit, the Nigerian music star who is presently signed to Mavin Records took time to encourage the team to remain focused ahead of their FIBA assignment as they perfect plans to storm Mali in style and win the tournament.

“I am so elated that I had the opportunity to come here and associate with a team that has been getting some positive rating amongst sports loving Nigerians. As a major proponent of the girl/woman power, I so much believe in you to do Nigeria proud when you file out against other countries in Africa.”

Presently rated second in Africa, Tiwa Savage said she was glad to associate with the team which is being tipped by bookmakers to be a strong contender for the 2017 title.

She promised that a better arrangement will be made after the tournament to host the team irrespective of the result recorded at the championship.

"It’s really unfortunate that men are always enjoying a place of pride in Nigeria especially in the sports circle. I want to encourage and motivate you to go to Mali and prove a point and show Nigerians reasons why they should support you.”

She enjoined the team to see themselves as champions and ensure that they do everything possible to bring back the cup.

Responding on behalf of the team, Aisha Mohammed who was recently appointed the captain of the side described the visit as a pleasant surprise which they will relish for a long time to come.

Aisha who started her international career with the senior national team in 2001 said, “This visit has really given us another reason to want to bring the cup home at the end of the competition.

"This visit has clearly shown that we are appreciated by our fans and Nigerians home and abroad and we are desperate not to disappoint them. We want to repay their faith in us and the only way we can do that is to bring the cup back home.”

Since it was a training free day, the NBBF also organised a boat ride for the team led by Sam Vincent as they continue to bond on and off the court with few days to their opening game against Mozambique coming up on the 19th of August.

D’Tigress embark on close camping for the huge task

The Technical Committee of the Nigeria Basketball Federation has announced that the Women's senior National team D'Tigress will be in close camping for the FIBA Afrobasket Women's Championship until their departure on the 16th of August 2017.

This became imperative following the request by the team’s Technical crew led by Sam Vincent with just few days to start of the championship which starts on the 18th.

The decision became imperative following their third friendly against Raptors Men Basketball Club on Saturday in which they lost by 78points to 53 at the Indoor Sports Hall of the National Stadium, Lagos.

According to the federation, the decision is to beef up preparations and perfect their technical and tactical plans for the championship after some lapses were noticed at the end of their third game.

Speaking on behalf of the federation, the Vice President, Babs Oguande explained that, “This decision is in the best interest of all parties involved. The team is now at the business end of their training and it is expedient they perfect their plans during this camping exercise before we travel on Wednesday.”

This decision means the team on Monday and Tuesday will train behind closed doors with fans and journalists barred from having access to their morning and evening training sessions.

“At this crucial time of their training, they cannot afford not to have the maximum level of concentration. We are going to leave no stone unturned just to ensure that we at the federation level play our part in ensuring that they girls are trained in the best condition available,” Oguande concluded.

The team will hold an open session with members of the press after their training on Tuesday before departing for Mali.

Thursday, 10 August 2017

WOMEN BASKETBALL: Raptors beat D'Tigress in test match

Nigeria's D’Tigress lost to Raptors Basketball club of Lagos 51-71 in their first test match ahead of the 2017 Afrobasket Women competition.

The game played Wednesday evening inside the Indoor Sports Hall of the Lagos National stadium was witnessed by Vice President of the Nigeria Basketball Federation, Babs Oguande and two board members, Col Samuel Ahmedu (rtd) and Felix Awogu including an impressive turnout of fans.

The Division 1 side led by Charles Ibeziako led with 10 points in the opening minutes of the 1st quarter, a prelude to the loss by the national team handled on the night by Peter Ahmedu.

Despite making a steady recovery into the game, it was a case of too little too late as the Senior Women's National Team trailed by 25points to 14 at the end the 1st quarter.

The second quarter, saw a D’Tigress team with a high level of metal alertness, defensive discipline and good attacking moves as they took the initiative from the Raptors team who were desperate to make an impression after missing an automatic promotion to the Premier League at the end of the 2016 season.

The players all conspired to allow the opposition score just 2 baskets while the D’Tigress scored 16 points to end the game at 30-28 in their favour at the end of the 2nd quarter.

Raptors used physical advantage in the 3rd quarter, punishing D’Tigress with series of fast breaks after the team failed to deal with many rebounds.

D’Tigress only managed 10 more points to their scores as Raptors stretched open the lead by 56-38.

Speaking after the game, the team’s assistant coach, Peter Ahmedu who stood in for the head coach, Sam Vincent expressed delight in the team . Ahmedu said that the team will get better after one or two more friendlies before jetting out to Bamako for the Afrobasket competition

"With what I have seen so far, I am very impressed because this is the first game we are playing together since the arrival of the foreign players from the United States of America.

"Managing over 20 girls on the bench was another problem. To look at them and pass instruction was another problem.”

He promised to go back to the drawing board, make the necessary corrections with the Technical crew headed by Sam Vincent who arrived Lagos on Wednesday.

On the other side, Ibeziako of Raptors described playing against the national team as a big opportunity, days before representing the country at Africa's largest women's basketball fiesta.

Despite losing, Ibeziako was full of praise for the team.

“Women playing against men is a tough game. But with what I have seen, they are tough and will represent Nigeria very well.”

An impressed Oguande expressed optimism that in the next couple of days, the team should be ready to launch a title challenge in Mali.

“Initially, they were jittery but as the game went on, they got better and that is truly the case in a team sport. The more games you play, the more you get better and I am hoping by the time we play the next game, we will be doing better than this.

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Senator Saleh donates space bus, 1.5M to Kaduna grass-root tourney

Former Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Mohammed Sani Saleh has donated a Volkswagen Sharon bus and a cash sum of One Million Five Hundred Thousand Naira (#1,500,000) as winning prizes for the maiden edition of Peace and Unity Cup and tagged 'General Catch Them Young'.

The grass-root tourney will be hosted in Kaduna town which is regarded as one of the nation's hub of football.

Senator Saleh, who represented Kaduna Central in the Red Chamber, said: "It is my little way of promoting grass-root football and engage the youths, to shun any form of social vices."

The former two star Army General also informed that: "Ten (10) grass-root coaches will be sponsored on a coaching course at the prestigious National Institute for Sports (NIS)."

The gesture, he noted will improve the technical abilities of the coaches and also improve their livelihood. As they can move to the next level by applying for coaching positions with top league clubs.

The team who emerged as champion of the tourney will go home with space bus.

Second place team will go home with a whooping One Million Naira (#1,000,000) while the 3rd placed team gets a sum of Five Hundred Thousand Naira (#500,000).

The tournament is expected to kickoff on Friday September 1, 2017.

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

NMJ to Nigerians: Let's make NWPL Final Day Memorable

The New Media Journalists (NMJ) is urging Nigerians to make the final Matchday of the rebranded Nigeria Women Premier League (NWPL) a memorable one.

A total of seven matches would take place tomorrow, Wednesday, at the various match centres to mark the end of a successful 2016/17 campaign.

Defending champions Rivers Angels and Bayelsa Queens have already booked their tickets in the annual Super Four event scheduled to take place in Lagos.

Nasarawa Amazons who currently sit at the summit of the Group B table with 23 points will welcome Adamawa Queens to the Lafia City Stadium in what promises to be a spectacle.

Another game that is expected to thrill football fans is between Delta Queens and Osun Babes at the Kwale Township Stadium. A win or draw will be enough for the homers to book their place in Lagos. For the Omoluabi Queens, an outright win should see them finish in top two in the keenly contested group.

Two topmost teams in each group will qualify to play in the Super Four at the end of the regular season to determine the league champions.

"In our bid to make the NWPL Final Day a memorable one,  the NMJ has created #NWPLFinalDay and #NWPLLive to support the Women's league and we are urging Nigerians to do so,'' NMJ Protocol member Blessing Fowowe said.

"We are also calling on sports lovers in the country to show support for the Female league as we reach the end of an exciting 2016/2017 season.

"The Aisha Falode led NWFL board has laboured to ensure that we have a hitch free season, we hereby urge fans to come out en masse to the nearest NWFL venue to catch some of the finest stars in the league in action," she concluded.

Nigeria Women Premier League - Week 14 Final Day Fixtures

Wednesday 2nd August, 2017

Group A

Ibom Angels Vs Bayelsa Queens

West Itam Centre

FC Robo Queens Vs Heartland Queens

Legacy Pitch

Abia Angels Vs Sunshine Queens

Umuahia Township Stadium

Group B

Confluence Queens Vs Pelican Stars

Confluence Stadium

Nasarawa Amazons Vs Adamawa Queens

Lafia City Stadium

Delta Queens Vs Osun Babes

Kwale Township Stadium

Edo Queens Vs Saadatu Amazon

Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium

#NWPLFinalDay

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Osun Utd to play FOSLA in a friendly on Tuesday

Osun United Football Club, will face Fosla Academy, Abuja on Tuesday evening in a friendly match at the Oshogbo Township Stadium.

The Omoluabi Giants technical crew will utilize the friendly against the Sani Lulu Boys to try out different tactical formations and also work on set pieces.

Fosla will on Wednesday evening battle against Osun FA U-17 at the Oshogbo Township Stadium.

Osun United spokesman Tunde Shamsudeen, said the friendlies were put together by FCT Football Association and Osun Football Association.

Monday, 31 July 2017

CONTINENTAL EXCLUSIVE: Amaju Pinnick favourites to be CAF first vice president

PHOTOGRAPH by The NFF

Nigeria Football Federation  (NFF) President, Amaju Melvin Pinnick, is turning out to be the most powerful football administrator in the country going by his recent moves in anal of football politics on the African continent.

"The proponents of Pinnick must continue agenda say we should leverage on his CAF lift to bring many goodies to Nigeria football.

"He is definitely the most powerful football administrator living or dead. Amaju Pinnick will be first vice president of CAF anytime soon" according to a comment from a Whatsapp group named: NIGERIA SPORTS MOUTHPIECE by a highly rated Abuja-based Sports Journalist, Adewale Ajayi.

He continued "Take this to the bank. In a matter of weeks from now, Pinnick will be confirmed first vice president of CAF, thereby becoming the most powerful football administrator ever in the history of Nigerian football.

"Pinnick is a strong politician as shown in his CAF adventure," says Adewale.

Monday, 24 July 2017

MFM FC reclaim second spot with 3-2 win over Katsina United

Goals from Stephen Odey, Olatunbosun Sikiru and Onuwa Chukwuka propelled  Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries FC to second spot on the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) log after a hard earned 3-2 home win over Katsina United FC on Monday morning.

The Matchday 31 encounter between MFM FC and Katsina United originally scheduled for Sunday was shifted to this Monday morning due to heavy downpour at the Soccer Temple, Agege Stadium on Sunday and the fans still came out in appreciable numbers to support their darling team.

Both teams began the lively contest with determination and precision. The hosts won the first free kick of the match after 10 minutes of exchange but Olatunbosun failed to make it count. Stanley Okorom had a chance to open the score sheet for MFM FC minutes after Olatunbosun's attempt but his effort from outside the box went wide.

NPFL leading scorer, Stephen Odey, scored his 18th goal of the season in the 15th minute of the match off an assist from Olatunbosun. He chipped the onrushing Katsina goalkeeper, Dami Paul, with his head and then finished the ball neatly.

The Olukoya Boys rounded off the first 45 minutes in an emphatic fashion with the second goal of the day. Odey located his strike partner, Olatunbosun, with a brilliant pass in the 29th minute of the game, the left-footed player doubled his team’s lead with a great finish.

MFM FC continued from where they stopped in the first half and they nearly got the third goal of the day in the 63rd minute but Onuwa’s lovely shot from outside the box was blocked by Katsina defenders.

Baldwin Bazuaye men put their acts together after Onuwa’s attempt and scored two goals under five minutes. Destiny Ashadi reduced his side’s deficit off a well taken free kick in the 70th minute while Obinna Eleje brought the game to level terms netting the second goal for the visitors after connecting a pass from Ashadi.

The 78th  minute of the entertaining match witnessed a defining moment for the home team.

Petit midfielder, Onuwa Chukwuka, regained the lead for MFM FC with his first goal of the season. He was assisted by Olatunbosun. The game ended in a 3-2 triumph for the Olukoya Boys who are now sitting in second position on the 20-team NPFL table with 52 points from 31 league matches.

Sunday, 23 July 2017

Excel Stars FC donates items to motherless, orphanage home 

Excel Stars Football Club of Ilorin, on Saturday visited and donated items to the Kwara Motherless and Orphanage home, Pipeline, Ilorin. 

The President of the Club, Engr. Dare Benjamin, while speaking at the home, said the visit and donation was part of the social responsibilities of the football club. 

Benjamin explained that, the club is owned by young Nigerians who are excelling in their various field of endeavours with the aim of taking young boys off the street in the future. 

"This club's vision is to be listed in the Nigeria Stock Exchange in the next couple of years to come and play in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL). 

"We have established it to blow into a full international standard football club with a vision to take children off the street and give them life through football. 

"We are young professionals from different fields you can think off and we contribute money to run the club. 

"We have started today and we will make it a regular routine to reach out to this home at all times, so that we can help alleviate challenges facing here in our own little way," Benjamin said. 

The President promised that he will arrange a meeting with members that are medical practitioners to come and do medical check up for the children to know if any is in need of urgent medical attention. 

He directed the home to forward to his office its urgent needs so the club can attend to which ever it can handle without any delays. 

Responding on behalf of the home, Mrs. Olufunke Ajayi, thanked members of the club for the gesture. 

She said that there are categories of children that the home is taking care of. 

Ajayi explained that the home is owned and managed by the Kwara State Government through the ministry of women affairs and social development. 

"We have different categories of children here, from abandoned to ones taken as lunatics from the street. 

"Some of our children have become matured, I can even confirm to you that one of them is writing WAEC this year," Ajayi said. 

Benjamin led the club's former President, Malam Yinka Omar, captain, Wale Shittu, other executives and members to the home. 

Items donated includes, noodles, teddy bears, snacks, clothing, bedding, beverages amongst others.

Saturday, 22 July 2017

Fan urge NLO to investigate Teslim Balogun, Green Berets walk/over

The Nationwide League One (NLO) secretariat have been urged to set up a committee to investigate the incident surrounding the 3points and 3goals Green Berets FC gained in their Week 9 away game to Teslim Balogun FC of Lagos.


The Lagos based team were walked over at home after they failed to show up for the tie against the visiting team.


A fan, who identified himself as Shola Shodehinde alleged that the game was fixed to aid the Army team gain promotion to the second tier division, Nigeria National League (NNL).


"It's sad that this kind of incident happens in our domestic league. This is a league that opt to be the foundation were young talent are groom for the Golden Eaglets, clubs in the topflight league and Flying Eagles, but match fixing is what we see.


"This is a team that has honoured all its home and away games, so I wondered why they choose not to show up against Green Berets, so I suspect foul play.


"For me to take the NLO serious, they must set up a committee to investigate the game and also follow their rule book by placing sanctions on the home team.


"I know that the provisions of the rules and regulations of the NLO, specifies that a team who deliberately and intentionally refuse to honour its home fixture for whatever reasons with just two (2) games to end the season, has no business honoring the immediate last away match for the same reason and that club should then deemed to have excited the league, while its matches and points are cancelled in the Interest of fair play.

"It should be noted, that the rules actually stipulates three (3) matches which is expected to apply to a full and normal football season but this is an abridged format and precisely two (2) games to end of the season which could be said to be nicely done and executed to favour Green Beret.

"The best option therefore is to indict the two clubs particularly the home team, by throwing them out of the league so as to negate the intended advantage the walk over aimed."

Friday, 21 July 2017

Ikeja City Mall hosts Freestyle Football Sunday

The first National Freestyle Football Championship in Nigeria organized by Feet ‘n’ Tricks Limited takes centre stage at the Car Park of the Ikeja City Mall in Lagos on Sunday.



On Friday, the Chief Executive Officer of Feet n Tricks, Odyke Nzewi, said all plans have been concluded to stage a memorable event that Lagosians would remember for a long time.



Nzewi said: “The concept is new here in the country but truth is the talents are here in abundance. We want to showcase those we have picked as finalists.




“Our team has been able to put in so much hard work in all areas of logistics to make the participants and fans enjoy the final on Sunday. We have some surprises too for various range of people on the day. We are excited and optimistic of a fantastic event.”


The event is being sponsored by GAC Motors, a product of Guangzhou Automobile Group Motor Company Limited and the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS).



The President and Founder of the World Federation of Freestyle Football, Daniel Wood will be in attendance for the final of the first ever National Freestyle Football Championship.


Nzewi added: “Wood has confirmed to be here because many people are excited that Nigeria is joining the big league of countries that have
embraced freestyle football.


“There are other top officials of the world body coming for the event and so we have doubled our efforts to stage a great Grand Finale come Sunday in Lagos.”



A former Super Eagles skipper Nwankwo Kanu, is among the three judges to officiate the final of the first ever National Freestyle Football Championship.


A former European Champion, Daniel Mikolaj, who has consistently positioned himself as one of the Top 8 freestyle football athletes in the world in the past five years, is the head of the judges.


Joel Asare, who is a two-time Ghanaian champion, will also be one of the judges. Asare represented Ghana in Tokyo, Japan at the Red Bull Street world finals 2013. Another football legend, Moses Amata, has been named to join the judges team for the forthcoming National Freestyle Football Competition.

Thousands of entries were received via the designated registration platform where participants uploaded a 30 seconds video of themselves in freestyling. 

These video entries were subjected to a screening process by professional judges after which 16 male and eight female freestyle footballers have emerged for the July 23 finals.

Winner of the event will represent Nigeria at the Super Ball competition in Prague, in August 2017

Remo's 17-year old midfielder happy with debut

Remo Stars 17-year-old midfielder, Keneth Chisom, has expressed happiness after featuring in his side's 1-1 draw against Shooting Stars Sporting Club (3SC) in Match Day 30 of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL).



Kenneth is pleased to make his debut for Remo Stars Football Club (RSFC) in Wednesday's Southwest derby clash at the Gateway International Stadium, Sagamu.



The young and vibrant midfielder was part of the NPFL U17 All Stars that featured in this year's Gauteng Future Champions Football tournament held in South Africa and he claims he was delighted he was able to contribute to his side’s display at home against 3SC.



He also participated for Nigeria when the Golden Eaglets played against the Baby Menas in Naimey for the U17 African Cup of Nations Qualifiers and currently participating in the ongoing Nationwide League One competition for Remo Stars Feeders.


“It is amazing, a great feeling,” Kenneth told Remo Stars Media


“I’m delighted to have been able to make my debut and contribute my quota to the draw we played on Wednesday in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL).



"I hope the Coach will give me more opportunity to showcase my talent to my club, country and also the world at large."


The young lad might also be part of the team that will travel to play Kano Pillars in Match Day 31 of the Nigerian top league.

Thursday, 20 July 2017

LMC hammer falls on Enugu Rangers over Imama’s arrest

Rangers International FC and the club Secretary, Elder Joseph Onwukwe has been charged with infractions of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) Rules and Framework in the course of mediation proceedings in the dispute between the club and its former coach, Imama Amapakabo.

 

The League Management Company (LMC) has subsequently levied sanctions on the club and the official with Rangers fined N5m and Onwukwe banned from all NPFL activities for a period of one year.

 

The LMC also directed Rangers to pay the sacked Coach various sums including N14,560,000 representing his salaries for April to October 2017 and compensation for wrongful termination, N1,600,000 representing his  salary for November and December 2016, N600,000 which represents arrears of allowances and bonuses and $725 which is international travel allowance owed Amapakabo.

 

Onwukwe was charged for breaches of Appendix E1.5, Appendix E1.4 (Code of Conduct for Club Officials), C28 and C1 of the Framework and Rules.

 

The first charge read, “you are in breach of Appendix E1.5 (Code of Conduct for Club Officials of the NPFL Framework and Rules in that on Wednesday, 19th July, 2017, in your capacity as an official and representative of Rangers International Football Club in the course of dispute resolution proceedings involving Coach Imama Amapakabo and Rangers International Football Club, you issued threats, including: “that the Coach is an individual whereas the Club is an apparatus of the government and that he must stop giving the Club problems”; thereby failing to show due respect to others involved in the game.

 

Onwukwe was also charged for breach of Appendix E1.4 (Code of Conduct for Club Officials) of the Framework and  Rules, “in that on or about Wednesday, 19th July, 2017, in your capacity as an official and representative of Rangers International Football Club in the course of dispute resolution proceedings involving Coach Imama Amapakabo and Rangers International Football Club, your words and conduct, including the issuance of threats, switching off your mobile phone in a bid to refuse to disclose and to evade requested information, constitute attempts to game the system”.

 

The Rangers official was further charged for refusal to assist in the mediation proceedings when requested to do so, thereby violating Rule C28.

 

On the fourth count, Elder Onwukwe was charged for issuing threats, failure to provide assistance in the course of inquiry, failure to behave with the utmost good faith, failure to act in the best interest of the game, failure to comply with the directives, requirement, rules and or regulations governing the League and acting in a manner capable of bringing the game into disrepute, which constitutes misconduct contrary to Rule C1.

 

Rangers International FC was charged for inappropriate handling of official correspondence with the LMC as well as failing to act with utmost good faith in the claim over a vehicle which formed part of the matter in the dispute contrary to Rule 5.5.1.

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

FREESTYLE FOOTBALL FINAL: Organisers name Kanu, Asare as judges

A former Super Eagles skipper Nwankwo Kanu, is among the three judges to officiate the final of the first ever National Freestyle Football Championship in Nigeria slated for July 23 at the Car park of the Ikeja City Mall.


The event being staged by Feet ‘n’ Tricks International Limited has GAC Motors, a product of Guangzhou Automobile Group Motor Company Limited and the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) as major sponsors.

He was an active member of the Super Eagles from 1994 to 2010, and eventually went on to captain the Senior National team of Nigeria. He has since retired from playing football.
Kanu was a member of the Nigeria’s team that won gold at the Atlanta Olympic Games.

In 1993, after a notable performance at the U-17 World Championships, he was signed by Dutch Eredivisie AFC Ajax. He made his debut a year after and scored 25 goals in 54 appearances.

A former European Champion, Daniel Mikolaj, who has consistently positioned himself as one of the Top 8 freestyle football athletes in the world in the past five years, is the head of the judges.


Another African, Joel Asare, who is a two-time Ghanaian champion, will also be one of the judges. Asare represented Ghana in Tokyo, Japan at the Red Bull Street world finals 2013.

The CEO of Feet n Tricks, O’dyke Nzewi, said all arrangements have been concluded to stage a remarkable show on Sunday in Lagos

Monday, 17 July 2017

All set for freestyle football final

All is now set for the final of first ever National Freestyle Football Championship in Nigeria to be hosted by Feet ‘n’ Tricks International Limited. It is billed to take place in Lagos on July 23.

The event is being sponsored by GAC Motors, a product of Guangzhou Automobile Group Motor Company Limited and the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS).


The CEO of Feet n Tricks, O’dyke Nzewi, at the weekend stated that over 1,000 entries were received via the designated registration platform where participants uploaded a 30 seconds video of themselves in freestyling. 


These video entries were subjected to a screening process by professional judges after which 16 male and eight female freestyle footballers have emerged for the July 23 finals.


Nzewi noted that the entries received were overwhelming especially because the event is in its first edition.



He said: “The talents are all over the place and we never expected such a huge response. All the same we are battle ready for the finals and all logistics in terms of security, entertainment and excitement are being put in place to make the final a big show.

“We have a great team working 24 hours in the past few weeks on the finals and Nigerians are in for a big threat on Sunday.


The winner of the event will represent Nigeria at the Super Ball competition in Prague, in August 2017.

Home Eagles wondering in wilderness of uncertainty with no place to call home

Now this worries me.  You have a ready made host,  a man willing to drop his cash and host, yet you are out there toasting and begging the Kano state governor who has shown no willingness to host.  We heard from a very reliable source,  that the letter from the NFF is yet to get to the governor who has been out of town for sometime now.



We hear too that the Kaduna Stadium is undergoing renovation and suddenly,  someone is suggesting Katsina.



Why are we like this?


The whole reason behind getting a state governor to host is understandable, yes we know the booties that are there to share but when are we going to change?  Why must we as a Nation allow our personal interest destroy our National objectives?  The truth is,  the signs are not too good. The team selection bleeds of sentiments,  the selection of a venue, too smells of sentiments and you begin to wonder why all this is happening.



We have lost our football, we have lost those men who do things in the past for National interest. It is a shame this time because the stadium in Abuja is more like a farm so where do we go from here?

     
We are doomed as a Nation,  the fans and the media must rise up to reclaim our destiny  because the signs are obviously not very good. 

    

Nigeria sports Minister Solomon Dalung must ask questions now before it is to late. Up there, they are saying is it not Benin or Togo?  Even if we don't train, we will trash them silly but they have forgotten too that Nigeria has lost its place among giants,  we are chickens.


Some persons are toying with our joy,  enough is enough. The NFF must tell us where our Super Eagles will converge,  if Kano is not available,  then tell us your next plan. We understand you are proposing 20M naira to any willing host to get the match but you know that that is chicken feed for the number one promoter of football in Nigeria Chief Patrick Ifeanyi Ubah. 



He has a forgiving heart,  he holds nothing against anybody,  not even against those who detained him unjustly.  He is ready to host the team and the family again,  he has done it in the past and can do even better now.  Come and experience the warmth of Be with,  come and experience the love from the Anambra people,  come and see undiluted football supportership,  come and be entertained at the home of football.  Welcome to the FORTRESS.



All we are saying as a Nation,  therefore, is save our football from another impending disaster, get the players to camp early or face the wrath of the Nigerians if the home-based Eagles fail to qualifier for Kenya 2018.



This silence from the NFF is not good and cannot fold our hand and pretend as if all is well when it is not. Enough is enough.

MFM FC dedicate victory over Wikki Tourists to Dr Olukoya and Shade Olukoya

The management of Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries FC led by Emmanuel Adeyemi has dedicated the team’s 1-0 victory over Wikki Tourists FC to the General Overseer of the church, Dr Daniel Olukoya and his wife Shade Olukoya who became year older yesterday.

The Olukoya Boys beat the Bauchi-based side 1-0 in a Matchday 29 game of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) played on Sunday evening at the Soccer Temple, Agege Stadium courtesy of Stephen Odey’s 17th league goal.


The lively encounter saw both teams entertaining their fans with beautiful passing skills and glorious display. The hosts produced the first meaningful impact of the game when Adegboyega Adekunle forced Emeka Nwabulu of Wikki Tourists to save after three minutes of play.


The home team dominated the proceedings surging forward in search of goals but Wikki defenders stood their ground with great defending.


Okorom Stanley set Onuwa Chukwuka up with a low pass in the 40th minute of the match, the creative midfielder dribbled past his maker, laid the ball down to Odey and the teenage striker brilliantly put the ball beyond Nwabulu who was outstanding for the away team.


“We want to thank God for the victory against Wikki Tourists. It was a difficult game because they Wikki are struggling at the moment and they needed the points but I'm happy the Olukoya Boys gave it their all and emerged winners at the end the day.


“On behalf of the management of the team, I will like to dedicate the victory to our special daddy and wonderful mummy.


Adeyemi added: “It's a great and rare privilege to have someone like you in this generation. You have been a great source of blessing, joy and happiness to many nations of the world and a role model to many of us. You brought happiness and meaningfulness to many lives.



“We sincerely pray that the Almighty God will continue to bless, keep, protect and prosper you in all your endeavours.”


With the 1-0 triumph, MFM FC are now two points adrift league leaders, Plateau United who have amassed 51 points from 29 NPFL matches.