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  • Irabor: NPFL Needs cooperate Nigeria to be more Attractive

    By Alonge Akinlolu → Monday, 21 August 2017

    The chief Executive officer of the League management company (LMC) Honorable Nduka Irabor has declare 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? This 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 into the community whereby 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

  • MFM FC claim vital win over Gombe United

    By Alonge Akinlolu →
    MFM FC claim vital win over Gombe United

    Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries FC claimed a vital 1-0 win over struggling Gombe United in Matchday 35 clash of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) played at the Soccer Temple, Agege Stadium courtesy of a header from Monsuru Bashiru.

    MFM FC began the lively contest with determination and precision as they go forward searching for an early goal with sporadic counter-attacking displays but the away team were resolute with their defending and kept the likes of Adebayo Waheed, Abara Ifeanyi and Akuneto Chijioke silent for the first 10 minutes of the match.

    Adebayo Waheed and Akuneto Chijioke won two free kicks for the hosts under four minutes. Stanley Okorom took the first in the 11th minute and Gombe United goalkeeper Danjuma Hussaini denied him a scoring opportunity pulling off a fine save while Akuneto's 14th minute fierce shot from the second free kick went inches wide.

    The hosts scored the only goal of the game in the 21st minute of the match through Monsuru Bashir's great header off a well delivered cross from creative midfielder Onuwa Chukwuka. The first half ended with the Lagos-based team maintaining a one-goal lead.

    Gombe United came out stronger and more determined in the second half and got couple of chances but they failed to make their attempts on goal count.

    MFM FC made the first substitution of the match in the 61st minute and Akinyemi Nojeem was introduced for Akuneto Chijioke. The substitute added bite to the attack when he tested Danjuma Hussaini of Gombe United few minutes after his introduction.

    Onuwa Chukwuka and Abara Ifeanyi were substituted with Adekunle Adegboyega and Atu Irumekhai Paul. The substitutes justified their inclusion with brilliant displays. The contest ended in a 1-0 triumph for the Olukoya Boys.

    With the three points in their kitty, MFM FC still maintain the second position on the Nigerian top league table with 59 points from 35 NPFL matches.

  • Preview: Rivers United versus Enyimba

    By Alonge Akinlolu → Saturday, 19 August 2017
    Preview: Rivers United versus Enyimba

    Rivers United versus Enyimba is always a special date on the domestic football calendar in Nigeria for varying reasons.

    Sunday’s confrontation between the two sides comes with a special twist as the two sides will be desperate to amass the points in their respective quests to achieve set objectives.

    United, branded as title favourites before the start of the season by many bookmakers, have underperformed spectacularly on all fronts so far this season with the nadir coming in the shape of an unceremonious ouster from the Aiteo Cup following a shocking reverse to unheralded Julius Atete FC in midweek.

    The Port Harcourt club is still danger of suffering the ignominy of relegation from the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) and must win on Sunday at the Yakubu Gowon Stadium to calm frayed nerves of the home faithful.
    Preview: Rivers United versus Enyimba

    United’s technical manager, Stanley Eguma knows beating the record NPFL winners, Enyimba in Port Harcourt on Sunday will be no walk in the Park.

    “Playing against Enyimba is a big game any day, any time and we expect a tough game against them,” Eguma said to

    “It will especially tough as Enyimba is still (in the running) to be league champions this season.

    “We will do everything possible, technically to see that we win the game because at this point in time, we cannot afford to drop points at home,” he said.

    Eguma’s sentiments about Enyimba’s strengths do not appear misplaced or blown out of proportion.

    The ‘Peoples’ Elephant’ represent formidable opposition.

    Fatau Dauda and Joel Theophilus Afelokhai are two of the division’s top goal keepers while forward, Chinonso Okonkwo returns to his old stomping ground with a point to prove.

    Kelly Kester and Ikechukwu Ibenegbu could cause problems for the ‘Pride of Rivers’ in Port Harcourt while attacker, Stephen Chukwude possesses unadulterated quality to hurt any side on a given day.

    Enyimba’s head coach, Gbenga Ogunbote also spoke about the big game.

    “Rivers versus Enyimba will be viewed as a derby.

    “That the two teams are handled by men who know Port Harcourt very well also makes this fixture more interesting.

    “Rivers United have some of the best players in the NPFL but sometimes, things don’t exactly go according to script,” he said.
    Preview: Rivers United versus Enyimba

    There will be little margin for error on Sunday as these two giants go toe to toe on Sunday at the Yakubu Gowon Stadium, Port Harcourt.

    Game: Rivers United versus Enyimba
    Competition: Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL)
    Match day: 35
    Current positions of respective clubs on the NPFL log: Rivers United (14th); Enyimba (4th)
    Date: Sunday, August 20, 2017      
    Venue: Yakubu Gowon Stadium, Port Harcourt
    Time: 4 pm

    Form guide (last five NPFL matches)
    Rivers United (WDLLD)
    Rivers United 1-1 Akwa United (H)
    Rivers United 1-2 Enugu Rangers (A)
    Rivers United 0-2 Kano Pillars (A)
    Rivers United 1-1 Katsina United (H)
    Rivers United 3-1 Remo Stars (A)

    Enyimba (WDWLW)
    Enyimba 2-1 Lobi Stars (H)
    Enyimba 0-1 Shooting Stars (A)
    Enyimba 1-0 Kano Pillars (H)
    Enyimba 0-0 MFM (A)
    Enyimba 3-0 ABS (H)

    Previous meetings in competitive matches
    Matches: Four (4)  
    Rivers United wins: One (1)  
    Enyimba wins: Two (2)
    Draws; One (1)  
    Goals for: Rivers United: One (1); Enyimba: Two (2)
    Goals against: Rivers United: (2); Enyimba (1)
    Points accumulated: Rivers United: Four (4) Enyimba: Four (4)
    Preview: Rivers United versus Enyimba

    Details (Specific breakdown)  
    Game one: Rivers United 1-0 Enyimba (NPFL. Yakubu Gowon Stadium, Port Harcourt on February 21, 2016)

    Game two: Enyimba 0-0 Rivers United (NPFL. Yakubu Gowon Stadium, Port Harcourt on June 9, 2016).

    Game three: Enyimba 1-0 Rivers United (Federation Cup. Lekan Salami Stadium, Ibadan on July 28, 2016).

    Game four: Enyimba 1-0 Rivers United (NPFL. UJ Esuene Stadium, Calabar on March 26, 2017)

  • Aiteo Cup Fallout: Kogi United apologize for crowd trouble

    By Alonge Akinlolu → Friday, 18 August 2017
    Aiteo Cup Fallout: Kogi United apologize for crowd trouble

    The Management of Kogi United FC have tender an unreserved apology to the Nigerian Football Federation, NFF and other stakeholders of football for the unfortunate incident that occurred during the club's Aiteo Cup First Round clash against Rangers Int'l on Wednesday in Lokoja.

    The club have strongly condemned the “shameful” behaviour of some supporters after crowd trouble erupted following a controversial penalty awarded to Rangers in the 77th minutes with Kogi United leading 2-1 in the grueling encounter at the Confluence Stadium.

    The NFF fumed at the avoidable situation, blaming the Kogi United, Kogi State Football Association for the crisis and ruled that the match points be awarded to Rangers which has seen them qualified to the next round of the oldest football competition in the country.

    Kogi United were also fined #1.5m for series of offenses, suspended from participating in the next two editions of the Cup competition and its Chairmam, Abdul Sule was also suspended from Aiteo Cup till the end of the competition.

    The club's supporters chairman Maikudi Kanin-Bala was also suspended from any football related competitions for two years for his untoward behavior during the match.

    In a statement signed by the club's chairman, Abdul Sule, it regretted the incident which could have been averted just as he reiterated that Kogi United will continue to promote peace and spirit of sportsmanship.

    While calling on relevant stakeholders to join hands in campaign against hooliganism in football, it added that the club would organize a sensitization program for supporters, fans and spectators on how to forestall future occurrence of the crisis.

    "On behalf of Kogi United and the entire football families in Kogi State, we want to apologize for the incident that occurred in our last Aiteo Cup First Round match against Rangers Int'l.

    "We want to state clear that Kogi United and its family is a peaceful club, law abiding and will continue to promote spirit of sportsmanship in all our games.

    "We have a track record of discipline in our matches in Lokoja and that has made other clubs using the Confluence Stadium as their home grounds.

    “It’s imperative that we all work together to try and salvage what is left of our reputation.

    "We accept the decision of the football ruling body and we will continue to promote peace among the Football family in the state," the statement read.

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  • Eagles conclude tour of Morocco

    By Alonge Akinlolu →
    Eagles conclude tour of Morocco

    Nigeria’s U15 boys have rounded off a tour of the Kingdom of Morocco and are expected back in the country on Friday morning.

    The team coached by Atune Jolomi alongside assistant coaches Tyabo Abubakar and Olowookere Bankole and goalkeeper trainer Ernest Salolome lost their first game against the Morocco U15 squad 0-1 on Wednesday before pulling a 1-1 draw in the second match on Thursday.

    Both matches were played at the National Football Centre, one of the several facilities available to the Federation Royal Marocaine de Football and situated close to the FRMF offices in Rabat. The Nigerian squad arrived in Rabat on Sunday.

    “I am excited at the positives we have taken away from this tour. Yes, we lost one game and drew the other, but the important thing is the spirit of the players and the way they approached the entire tour.

    “The NFF has taken a lot of positives from this trip. As for the players, the exposure was huge for them and they will surely be better players going forward,” NFF 1st Vice President, Barrister Seyi Akinwunmi, who is also Chairman of the NFF Youth Development Committee and led the delegation to Morocco, told

  • Nigeria go up against Morocco

    By Alonge Akinlolu → Tuesday, 15 August 2017
    Nigeria go up 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.
    Nigeria go up against Morocco

    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 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.”