Tuesday, 28 February 2017

MFM FC Olatunbosun's stunner makes CNN Goal of the Week

 


Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries Football Club forward, Sikiru Olatunbosun's wonder goal against reigning Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) Enugu Rangers has been shortlisted for the CNN Goal of the Week.


The left-winger scored the first goal of the match in the 31st minute of the entertaining encounter when he brilliantly connected a backheel flick from NPFL top scorer Stephen. Olatunbosun flicked the ball over the  Rangers defender, Emmanuel Etim before rifling a long-range volley into the back of the net. 


At the end of 90 minutes on Friday, the Olukoya Boys claimed a 2-1 victory over the league champions with Odey scoring the second goal while Bobby Clement got the visitors consolation goal.


With less than two days and 22 hours left to wrap up the voting process for the CNN Goal of the Week, Olatunbosun's magical finish is currently leading Radja Nainggolan of AS Roma, Y.Tielemans of Anderlecht and Working FC's Joey Jones with 77 percentage.

 

Thursday, 23 February 2017

Beating Rangers is our priority for now, says Ilechukwu



 Head coach of high-flying Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries Football Club, Fidelis Ilechukwu has said his side's priority for the moment is to defeat reigning Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) champions, Enugu Rangers on Friday.


The Olukoya Boys will host the Flying Antelopes in one of Matchday 10 fixtures of this weekend at the Soccer Temple, Agege Township Stadium tomorrow in Lagos.





The Nnewi-born tactician spoke about his team's priority and the importance of the maximum points during a pre-match press conference on Thursday before wrapping up preparations for the big game at the Soccer Temple.




"I'm aware they have a strong team with quality coaches and quality players as well playing on the continent but beating them is our priority for now and we want to do just that on Friday.



"The game is very, very important to us and we are prepared well enough to face Rangers because last season we were not able to beat them both home and away.





"The maximum points is so crucial to us and I'm sure we will do all our best to defeat Rangers which I know will not be easy but we will beat Rangers by God's grace," the youthful coach told mountaintopfc.com.




MFM FC are in fourth place on the 20-team Nigerian top flight table with 13 points with two outstanding matches at hand against Rivers United and Wikki Tourists. Rangers on the other hand are fifth from bottom of the log with nine points from seven NPFL games.

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Odey dedicates LBA Award to Coaches, Teammates

 

Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries Football Club prolific striker, Stephen Odey has dedicated January 2017 League Bloggers Awards (LBA) for the best player in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) to his coaches and teammates, reports mountaintopfc.com.

The award-winning 19-year-old forward who was absolutely impressive for MFM FC in the month of January scoring four goals from four Nigerian top league games beat off competition from his teammate Olatunbosun Sikiru, Kabiru Umar of Plateau United and Olufemi Thomas of Rivers United to win the Player of the month award.


Responding to questions from his team's media crew on Tuesday evening, the excited player appreciated the LBA organisers for rewarding him with the award as he dedicated the award to his coaches and teammates.
He said: "First and foremost I will like to appreciate the League Bloggers Awards organizers for recognizing and rewarding me with the award of the best player in the NPFL for the month of January.

"It's such a wonderful thing to me, the award means a lot to me.

"A lot of people contributed to it, the coaching crew led by Fidelis Ilechukwu and my teammates they made it possible for me. So I'm dedicating the award to them. Without them there will be no me.


"And one love to my fans out there for believing in me and for supporting me in every areas of my career. I'm dedicating the award to them also," he concluded.


Odey is currently leading the NPFL scorer chat with five goals from seven league matches. He netted nine goals in his first season in the Nigerian top league last year as an 18-year-old player.

Kogi United Feeders get Petersen for Dana Cup

In a bid to achieve their target at the upcoming Dana Cup competition in Denmark, Kogi United Feeders have contracted a former FC Roskilde Coach, Frank Lauren Petersen.

The 48 year old Petersen will be working with other coaches of Feeders team to put the team in better shape for the competition slated for July this year.

Chairman of Kogi United, Confluence Queens and the Feeders, Mallam Abdul Sule who confirmed the development noted that Mr Petersen - a former goalkeeper- was expected to arrive Nigeria in March and would also take the time to train goalkeepers of the state clubs during his stay in the country.

"We have contracted Mr Petersen for the Dana Cup competition and he will also help to train our goalkeepers of Kogi United, Confluence Queens and the entire Feeder club during his stay," Sule begins.

"His experience and track records attracted us to him, we hope he would help us get the boys (Feeder team) ready technically and mentally for the Cup competition in Denmark and of course bring his wealth of experience as a well known keeper to bear for the goalkeepers.

"We are also expected top scouts from Denmark and other top European countries around to scout for the New Direction Boys, all these were achieved as a result of His Excellency's passion and love for sports, and we strongly believe a lot of young boys would be empowered through the Dana Cup," he said.

Frank Petersen have had experience coaching in Africa with top clubs in Swaziland and Mozambique.

He's coached at Esterela Vermelha, Favela United both at Mozambique and also had a stint with the Academia de futebol talento do futuro also in Mozambique.

The 2017 Dana Cup - a competition that has been empowering and uniting young soccer players from all around the World- will take place by July 24 in Denmark.

Phoenix Cup Final: Emure, United battle for #.17m



 

Emure Model High School, Emure Ekiti and United High School, Ilawe Ekiti will battle for a grand cash prize of #175, 000 in Friday's Phoenix Ekiti Secondary Schools Cup final at the Kayode Oluyemi Stadium, Ado Ekiti.


Emure and United booked the final ticket after they defeated Ayo Daramola High School, Ijan Ekiti and Ogangamodu Grammar School, Ido Ekiti respectively in a thrilling semi-final ties.


The competition is powered by Phoenix Athletic Sports Limited to fish out exceptional talents in Ekiti State. 


According to Phoenix Chief Executive Officer, Bayo Olanlege a total sum of #175,000 (One Hundred and Seventy Five Thousand) is at stake for the Schools that made the finals.


"The winner of the tournament will take home the sum of #100,000 and Gold-plated giant trophy. Gold-plated medals will also be presented to the players and officials of the winning School too.


"Runner-up School will go home with a sum of #75,000 a silver trophy and medals too, while the third place School will get #50, 000.”


There are also prizes lined up for the Highest Goal Scorer and Most Valuable Player.

However, Phoenix Board of Directors, commends the support giving to the tournament by the Ekiti State Ministry of Information, Youths and Sports.

Friday, 10 February 2017

Rivers United stars full of optimism ahead of Real test

 


Players of Rivers United FC are upbeat about their chances when they face AS Real Bamako on Saturday.

The ‘Pride of Rivers’ will be guests of AS Real Bamako on Saturday at the Stade Omnisports Modibo Ke├»ta, Bamako in the first leg of their preliminary round clash in Africa’s apex club competition; the CAF Champions League.

Club captain, Festus Austine is adamant United can stun their Malian hosts on Saturday.

“I am confident we can win. We will try to do that emphatically on Saturday and finish things off when we face them at home in the second leg,” he told the club’s official website, www.riversunitedfc.com.ng

Nzube Anaezemba and Markson Ojobo were both part of the Enyimba side that was beaten over two legs by AS Real Bamako in the first leg of the same competition in 2014.

They have taken the time to warn their new teammates over what to expect in Bamako on Saturday.

Ojobo who was the first to speak harped on the need to swing the support of the Real Bamako fans their way.

“One thing we can do to make life easier for ourselves is to start well. If we play entertaining football on Saturday; their fans will start cheering for us.

“That was the scenario we experienced with Enyimba in 2004,” he said.
Anaezemba called for focus and the need to stay true to the philosophy of the football club if success is to be achieved on Saturday.

“I still recall playing against them in 2004. They had very good and young players.

“If we stay focussed and play our normal game, I am sure we can win on Saturday,” he said.

Thursday, 9 February 2017

FC Ifeanyi Ubah rejig African Football

Having successfully run business across different sectors including Oil and Gas, Maritime, Transportation, Telecommunications, Construction and Real Estate, Dr. Patrick Ifeanyi Ubah's decision to invest in football was met with widespread joy as massive investments were expected to hit Nigerian football.

FC Ifeanyi Ubah came into being from the acquisition of Gabros International FC by Dr. Patrick Ifeanyi Ubah in 2015 after the club secured promotion to the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL). 

After two seasons in the NPFL, the Anambra Warriors won the first ever major trophy in the history of Anambra State football as they defeated Nasarawa United on penalties to clinch the historic 2016 Federation Cup in Lagos. They add more honours in January, as the Anambra Warriors defeated the NPFL champions Rangers International on penalties and emerged the 2016 Super Cup champions in Abuja.

THE FANS BASE:

The success of the Federation Cup and a place in the 2017 CAF Confederation Cup has witness the fans base of the Anambra Warriors currently over 101,561 in the Eastern part of Nigeria. The fans base is getting bigger and better with fans across the Nation and the global audience are expressing keen interest in the team. FC Ifeanyi Ubah have got a chance to place the club name in the golden book of African football if they can dominate and upset the big clubs in the CAF Confederation Cup as debutant.

THE GAMES VILLAGE:

@SupportTheNPFL.com visited Nnewi, Anambra State last weekend and paid a courtesy stadium tour to view the ongoing project at the Ifeanyi Ubah International Stadium, by extension the Games Village. The project is one of such in Africa and a big investment into the Nigerian football. FC Ifeanyi Ubah became the first NPFL club side to own a stadium. The Ifeanyi Ubah Games Village is a multi billion naira sports and industrial city project that seeks to nurture and empower the people of Anambra State and Nigeria by extension.

Club President, Dr. Patrick Ifeanyi Ubah said to @SupportTheNPFL.com during the stadium tour on Sunday; "We have read history about private clubs collapsing and unable to sustain the club sponsorship. When we came into the business, we did our research and we understood football is a big business but to earn back the investment you need to create an elite structure and commercialise the brands.

"The reason why most of the private clubs in the 80's and 90's collapsed was the fact that none of the clubs developed a structure which can see the club after five years of investment sustain the projects. The Games Village is the biggest in Nigeria and one of the biggest structure in Africa."

FACILITIES IN THE GAMES VILLAGE;

- Two football stadia with multiple training pitches.
- Industrial Park
- Hospital
- Sports Academy
- Technology Hub
- 5-Star Hotel
- Conference Centre
- Women and Youth Development Centre
- Indoor Sports Hall
- Shopping Malls
- Residential Housing/Estates
- Corporate office complex
- Linguistic School
- Police Post
- Fire service station 
- Other facilities/basic amenities

HISTORIC PARTNERSHIP

On August 2016, FC Ifeanyi Ubah reached an agreement with West Ham United as the Anambra Warriors became the London club's first commercial partners in Africa.

The deal was brokered through Capital Oil and Gas, the principal investor of FC Ifeanyi Ubah. The Anambra Warriors concluded a deal to be named "THE OFFICIAL PARTNER OF WEST HAM UNITED". This historic deal is first of its kind in Africa and FC Ifeanyi Ubah is poised to become the Premier football club in Africa and force to be reckoned with in sports globally. 

SupportTheNPFL.com chats with the Club President, Dr. Patrick Ifeanyi Ubah inside the magnificent Ifeanyi Ubah International Stadium. 

THE TOP FIVE QUESTIONS WITH DR. PATRICK IFEANYI UBAH

SupportTheNPPFL: Did you think FC Ifeanyi Ubah can replicate last season achievements?

Ubah: I think we have got the right team spirit, the players and coaches are aware of the target. We have to play more competitions and matches this season. We are prepared for all the season would offer us, I am hopeful. We have our target to surpass last season achievements. 

SupportTheNPFL: How is the team looking forward to the debut season in the continent?

Ubah: It is our debut season and we are excited to play in the continent and to compete with the best teams across the continent. A journey of million miles starts with a step, we have no fear. We will take the game as they comes our way. First hurdle is the game against Al-Masry, we play at home first and we hope  to kick start the competition with a big win. 

SupportTheNPFL: What makes the FC Ifeanyi Ubah International Stadium special?

Ubah: It is a big project and we have a lot facilities and structure around the stadium. Hotel, shopping malls, movie theatre, training pitches, facilities for academy. We also have a radio station and many structure around the stadium. It is a taste model, first of its kind in Africa. It is a stadium that has a lot of commercial activities, friends and family would have reason to visit the Games Village everyday. The reason why most of our sports facilities in Nigeria has dacayed, Abuja and Lagos national stadium as example. No commercial activities around the stadium to engage the fans on a daily basis, we are proud of what we have done so far and we hope to speed up the construction. 

SupportTheNPFL: What is the dreams behind FC Ifeanyi Ubah?

Ubah: It is all about the people of Anambra and the global audience. It is all about making impact and add value to the country economy. To drive our economy through the football business. 

SupportTheNPFL: Are you not scared of competing in the CAF Confederation Cup as debutant?

Ubah: For us it is a platform we have been dreaming about and we are excited our hard  work yield positive achievements. We will give it our best, I am optimistic the team will challenge for the title. We just have to believe and take inspiration from the teams like TP Mazembe, and even our own Enyimba International. We are going for the ultimate, we want to rule Africa and position the club name in the minds of the global market and expose our structure and brands. 

Sunday, 5 February 2017

Odey stunner earns MFM FC first away victory

 

Stephen Odey's 48th minute audacious stunner gave Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries Football Club their first away victory of the season against Sunshine Stars FC in Sunday's Matchday 6 fixure of the ongoing Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) played at the Akure Township Stadium.

Coach Fidelis Ilechukwu and his wards who muscled out a point with Shooting Stars in their last away game in Ibadan went all out for the maximum three points on Sunday and it was well delivered courtesy of a fine strike from league top scorer Odey, who netted his fifth goal of the season in five NPFL matches.

The hosts began the encounter seeking for an opener, stringing passes with great composure but MFM FC defenders stood tall to deny the home side any chance of scoring with Monsuru Bashiru, Opara Austine doing a yeoman's job in the heart of the defense.

Sunshine Stars had a glorious chance to break the deadlock in the 14th minute of the encounter when Abbey Joseph tested MFM FC's goalkeeper, Ospino Egbe but the latter pulled a save to deny the hosts their scoring opportunity. The first half ended goalless for the both sides.

Ilechukwu's men continued from where they stopped in the first half with fine display. The league top scorer put the Owena Waves to the sword three minutes into the second half with a fabulous shot from edge of the 18 yard box with Sikiru Olatunbosun providing the assist. 

The hosts mounted pressure on the visitors but MFM FC's defenders put up a good defensive play with Ospino Egbe pulling great saves. 

With the crucial away points in the bag, the Lagos-based team still occupy the second spot on the NPFL standings with 13 points from possible 18. They will be guests to Abubakar Bukola Saraki Football Club (ABSFC) of Ilorin this Wednesday.

MATCH PREVIEW: Sunshine Stars V MFM FC

 




Sunshine Stars Football Club will take on Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries FC of Lagos at the Akure Township Stadium in one of the Matchday 6 fixtures in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) tagged  the 'Southwest Derby' where a win is of the utmost priority to remain in a better position on the log.

MFM FC coach Fidelis Ilechukwu and his charges, who were victorious in their last league match in Lagos with a hard-earned 1-0 win over Kano Pillars courtesy of a flying header from teenage striker Adebayo Waheed, will be looking forward to continue with their good run of form as they seek for another away point in Sunday's game against Sunshine Stars.

Both teams will be meeting for the third time in the NPFL. MFM FC beat the hosts 2-1 in their first meeting in Lagos with Newman Musa and Stephen Odey scoring a goal each. The Owena Waves defeated the visitors 2-0 in the return leg last term courtesy of a brace from Dele Olorundare.

The hosts currently sit in 15th place on the NPFL table with six points from five league games. The Olukoya Boys, on the other hand, occupy second position on the league standings with 10 points from five NPFL matches. A win for Ilechukwu's men will take them to the top of the table depending on the outcome of the game involving league leaders Plateau United at Nasarawa United.

Team news
MFM FC will miss the services of goalkeeper, Abayomi Folarin and Nwaga Chuka as they go into Sunday's encounter. Ilechukwu made two changes to his last matchday squad with former Sunshine Stars players, Abdulrahman Abdulsalam and Gold Busayo replacing Alashe Ajibola and Akuneto Chijioke respectively.

The full squad include Nasamu Emmanuel, Abisoye Olawale, Tchato Giscard, Oshobe Oladele, Gold Busayo, Candy Agbane, Adebayo Waheed, Egbe Ospino, Okorom Stanley, Julius Emiloju, Bashiru Monsuru, Opara Austine, Shola Brossa, Abdulrahman Abdulsalam, Onuwa Chukwuka, Olatunbosun Sikiru, Adegboyega Adekunle, Odey Stephen.

Sunshine Stars coach Kayode Olujohungbe will be relying on the few experienced players in his squad to get the desired result in the southwest derby.

Ojo Olorundare, Ayodele Henry, Raji Nojeem, Kola Anubi, Kehinde Adedipe, Abbey Joseph, Peter Iyamu, Alaba Adeniyi, Ajibola Otegbeye, Boboye Ezekiel and Sikiru Babatunde are expected to be in action for the Akure-based outfit.



Players’ viewpoint 

MFM FC left-back, Julius Emiloju is confident that his side will not be defeated at the end of the game. "I don't think Sunshine Stars will beat us. We have an edge over them and I believe we will celebrate after 90 minutes by the special grace of God."

Sunshine Stars goalkeeper Olorunleke Ojo has admitted that the derby game will be very difficult for the hosts but they are certain to claim the maximum points at stake. "We are expecting a difficult game from MFM FC on Sunday in Akure. Of course, MFM FC are good and have proven themselves in the ongoing top-flight season."

Form Guide (last 5 NPFL games) 
MFM FC (WLWDW) 
Sunshine Stars (LWLWL)

Previous meetings (Head-to-head) in two NPFL matches
MFM FC 2-1 Sunshine Stars
Sunshine Stars 2-0 MFM FC

Friday, 3 February 2017

Ilechukwu expects tough Sunshine Stars tie

  


Head coach of Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries Football Club, Fidelis Ilechukwu has said his side expect a difficult Southwest derby encounter against Sunshine Stars FC this weekend.



The Olukoya Boys are guests to the Akure-based team in Sunday’s Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) top-flight Matchday 6 clash billed to take place at the Akure Towship Stadium.



Ilechukwu told mountaintopfc.com on Friday before his team departure from Lagos that the contest will be very tough for his lads but he believes his team can muscle out at least a point from the maximum three points at stake.



"Everything is possible in football. Nobody believed that we are going to pick a point against Shooting Stars and anything can still happen against Sunshine Stars.



"I know that the game is going to be a tough game considering our last game against Kano Pillars. I believe Sunshine Stars will double their efforts to make sure they beat MFM but we will do our best to make sure that we get at least a point in Akure," said the Nnewi-born tactician.



Ilechukwu and his wards currently sit in the second spot on the NPFL table with 10 points from a possible 15 in the five-week old Nigerian top-flight.