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  • Omoyele Explains On His Move To Osun United

    By Alonge Akinlolu → Friday, 24 March 2017
    Omoyele Explains On His Move To Osun United

    Omoyele Tosin has revealed reasons that influenced his move to Nigeria National League (NNL) outfit, Osun United.

    The former COD United striker who is still on the wish list of a couple of clubs in the NNL completed a loan move to  Osun United and he already has an assist after two matches.

    The energetic forward whose pace and ability to creatively hold the ball has been his strength stated that he wants to play in the elite division and he is ready to give his all to help his new team pick a tick to the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL).

    “I have always given my best at all times and I will continue to do so regardless of where I find myself. My simple target is to play in the Premier League and it’s good that I moved to a club with same ambition,” Omoyele told Footyalert
    Omoyele Explains On His Move To Osun United

    “I have settled in well since I move to Osun United. The believe in the team is really strong, the focus and determination is amazing. The league is a marathon and that requires some level of consistency else the target won’t be made a reality.

    “Though we defeated Bendel Insurance at home but we shall take that confidence to Ogbomoso when face Crown FC on Sunday,” Omoyele concludes.

  • Gombe Plans To Clip MFM’s Strike Force

    By Alonge Akinlolu →
    Gombe Plans To Clip MFM’S Strike Force

    Gombe United defender, Kennedy Obiokor has revealed MFM’s strong point and noted that the Savannah Scorpions have plans to clip it when both teams meet on Sunday in a week 15 Nigeria Professional Football League match at the Pantami stadium.

    The Manu Garba tutored side are 12 points behind MFM, though Obiakor admits respect for the Olukoya Boys but he is confident that after a proper study of their opponent, Gombe United will clip their midfield and attack then break them down.

    “We know that MFM has nothing to lose but they will come here to explore likely opportunities but we are ready to conquer,” Obiokor told Footyalert

    “It will be a great match for both teams, we are not underrating them because they have earned some level of respect with what they have achieved so far. We have done a proper study of MFM and it is obvious that their strength lies in the midfield and attack. The proposed antidote is to clip both department and then put pressure on their back line till it cracks.”

    “Gombe United does have positives going on well but with a game plan set out already the match against MFM will be tough but we have a key to unlock them. We also have pace and that means our counters will be like a hot knife through butter. It will be tough but we shall seal victory on Sunday,”

    Gombe United sit 16th on the Nigeria Professional Football League table with 15 points while MFM sit at the top of the log with 27 points.

  • #FlashBack Nigeria Vs Mali 4 - 1 All Goals & Highlights

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  • Onuwa: Discipline And Determination Will Keep Us At The Top

    By Alonge Akinlolu → Thursday, 23 March 2017
    Onuwa: Discipline And Determination Will Keep Us At Ahe Top

    Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries FC midfield maestro, Onuwa Chukwuka, says discipline and determination are the only thing that will keep his team at the top of Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) table after their 2-1 victory over Rivers United FC on Wednesday.

    The Olukoya Boys recorded their 7th home win of the season to go top of the log with an impressive display against Rivers United in a Matchday 8 rescheduled game played at the Soccer Temple, Agege Stadium courtesy of a brace from NPFL top scorer, Stephen Odey and a consolation goal from Christian Weli.

    Onuwa who was absolutely magnificent in the pulsating encounter said his team need to remain focus, determined and be more discipline in their approach on and off the pitch to remain on top the league standings.
    Onuwa: Discipline And Determination Will Keep Us At Ahe Top

    He began: "I'm very happy with the victory. It was not an easy game for us but we thank God and our Daddy in the Lord Dr.DK Olukoya for his support towards the team.

    "What we need to do now is to remain focus because to be at the top of the table brings more challenges but I believe with discipline and determination we will remain there for long.

    "One of the things that will help us to remain on top till the end of the season is to continue to keep playing the way we started, we don't need to change the style of our game regardless of anything and also we need to prepare our minds for tougher challenges, " said the creative midfielder tomountaintopfc.com.

    The victory over Port Harcourt-based team has taken the Olukoya Boys to the league summit with two points clear ahead of Plateau United who are second on the log with 25 points.

  • Ezenwa, Akpeyi’s Arrivals Douse Tension In Eagles Camp

    By Alonge Akinlolu →
    Ezenwa, Akpeyi’s Arrivals Douse Tension In Eagles Camp

    The arrivals on Wednesday evening and Thursday morning of goalkeepers Ikechukwu Ezenwa and Daniel Akpeyi have helped bring down the blood pressure of technical officials of the Super Eagles ahead of the two international friendly matches against Senegal and Burkina Faso.


    Technical Adviser Gernot Rohr and his assistants had been in a state of worry, understandably so, following an apparent goalkeeping crisis, as first choice Carl Ikeme arrived at the Crowne Plaza London Ealing hotel with injury and deputies Ezenwa and Akpeyi were held back by visa hitches in Nigeria and South Africa.


    Nigeria –based goalkeeper Ezenwa eventually got his visa on Tuesday evening and flew out of Lagos to London on Wednesday, alongside Coach Salisu Yusuf and a few other officials. South Africa –based Akpeyi’s UK visa was delayed by a public holiday in South Africa but he did the 11 –hour haul from Johannesburg to London overnight and arrived at Crowne Plaza London Ealing after breakfast on Thursday.

    Team doctor Ibrahim Gyaran told thenff.com: “Carl (Ikeme) has been having hamstring and Achilles tendon issues but we did a scan on Wednesday night and we await the result. It is however good that the other goalkeepers are here.”



    Rohr, who has been having several meetings with his technical team as he seeks a winning formula against Africa’s highest ranked team, Senegal at The Hive on Thursday, said: “It was the first time in my life that I had to start planning for a big match without goalkeepers on ground! But I am happy (Ikechukwu) Ezenwa and Daniel (Akpeyi) are finally here and we can think positively.”



    The Super Eagles are on a five –match winning streak, from defeating Mali (in France) and Luxembourg (in Luxembourg City) in friendlies in the summer of 2016, to pipping Tanzania in a Cup of Nations qualifying match in Uyo in September and defeating Zambia and Algeria in 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying matches in October and November respectively.



    Senegal will arrive at The Hive with pumped –up spirit after becoming Africa’s highest ranked team, and despite failing to light up the Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon, are a tough call anyday. Liverpool FC’s Sadio Mane, as well as Mame Biram Diouf, Cheikh Kouyate and Idrissa Gueye are among their top performers.


    Ezenwa, Akpeyi’s Arrivals Douse Tension In Eagles Camp

    Nigeria boast a young and vibrant squad that has been achieving results of late, with the likes of Leon Balogun, William Ekong, Abdullahi Shehu, Wilfred Ndidi, Oghenekaro Etebo, John Ogu, Kelechi Iheanacho, Moses Simon and Alex Iwobi now joined by Tyrone Ebuehi, Chidozie Awaziem, Isaac Success, Olanrewaju Kayode and new boy Noah Bazee.


    Akpeyi, Ekong, Shehu and Etebo were in the Nigeria U23 team that took bronze at the 2016 Olympics in Brazil.


    Yet, the spine is still there with the experienced Ogenyi Onazi, Kenneth Omeruo, Elderson Echiejile and Ahmed Musa also here in camp.



    Onazi, Omeruo and Kayode were in the Nigeria squad that finished second at the FIFA U17 World Cup in 2009. Ndidi, Iheanacho, Success and Musa Muhammed were in the Nigeria U17 squad in 2013.



    An interesting match is at hand as Nigeria seek a 10th win over Senegal in 21 clashes at senior level. Venue is The Hive, home ground of League 2 teams Barnet FC and London Bees. Organizers told thenff.com that they expect about 3,000 spectators at the 6,000 –capacity ground.



    Both nations first clashed at senior level on 27th February 1963, Nigeria winning an Nkrumah Cup game 4-0, but the Senegalese replied in equal measure six weeks later, hammering the Eagles 5-1 in a Friendship Games match in Dakar.



    Senegal then stopped Nigeria from the race to the Munich ’72 Olympics, winning 3-2 on aggregate, but Nigeria also constituted stumbling block to Senegal in the race to the 1978 Africa Cup of Nations in Ghana, winning 4-3 on aggregate. Nigeria defeated host Senegal 2-1 in the opening match of the 1992 Africa Cup of Nations, and won by the same margin when eliminating the Teranga Lions in the quarter -finals of the 2000 edition that she co-hosted with Ghana.


    The Lions paid back by beating Nigeria (same scoreline) in the semi finals of the 2002 Cup of Nations in Mali. But Nigeria have won the past two encounters between both nations, both at the 2006 Cup of Nations in Egypt: a group phase match in Port Said that ended 2-1 and the bronze medal match that ended 1-0 in Cairo.



    MATCH OFFICIALS



    Referee: Anthony Taylor

    Assistant Referee 1: Harry Lennard

    Assistant Referee 2: Constantine Hatzidakis

    Reserve Referee: Andre Marriner  

  • OWU Sportswear Brand Set To Take Over Africa

    By Alonge Akinlolu →
    OWU Sportswear Brand Set To Take Over Africa


    Nigeria’s leading kit manaufacturer, OWU Sportswear is set to take a bold step on the continent as the CEO of the Nigerian brand, Tunji Brown has revealed that discussion is at advance stage to kit clubs in Kenya, Ghana and Cameroon.

    Named as the best Sportswear brand in Nigeria by the League Bloggers Award, OWU Sportswear has continued to raise the bar in the domestic scene, after signing its first kit deal with one of Nigeria’s biggest football brand, Shooting Stars Sports Club (3SC) in 2010, the Lagos base outfit has grown to kit more than half of the 20 teams in Nigeria elite league and still has strong presence in the lower league, the amateur leagues and in grassroot football.

    “In terms of acceptance, it has been good and we are actually growing if we consider where we started from with a Nigerian elite league club, Shooting Stars in 2010. Now in 2017 in the Premier League, we have six clubs that wear our kits and before the season runs out we are likely to have one more club join the OWU brand. In the Nigeria National League (second tier league in Nigeria) we have 10 clubs signed to the OWU kits. So it’s obvious that we are doing fine,” OWU Sportswear CEO, Tunji Brown told Footyalert
    OWU Sportswear Brand Set To Take Over Africa

    “We don’t only have presence in the top two leagues in Nigeria alone, in a few weeks time we shall announce some clubs in the amateur division and going by various competitions that we kit as well it’s obvious that we have a presence in the 36 states in the country and including the Federal capital, Abuja so based on that I will consent to the fact we are doing well.”

    With all the manufacturing process done in their Lagos factory, the OWU Sportswear brand has opened discussions with clubs in Kenya, Ghana and Cameroon in a move to spread through the African continent.

    “Very soon, Africa will see the brand, OWU because the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) All Stars U17 currently participating in an international competition in South Africa have OWU kits on them. We are in discussions with teams in Kenya, Ghana and in Cameroon. So as soon as we sort out the details then we shall go live in those countries I mentioned.”
    “My ideal situation of kitting clubs in the Nigerian league would be when every fan in Nigeria can wear the replicas of their teams to go see matches not using foreign club jerseys,” Brown concludes


  • Predict Correctly The Final Score Of MFM Vs Rivers United And Win The Latest Edition Of Naija League Magazine

    By Alonge Akinlolu → Wednesday, 22 March 2017

    Predict  correctly the  final score of MFM FC Vs. Rivers United and the first correct prediction gets the  latest edition of Naija League magazine

    Entry  closes by 5pm.
  • Increasing Spectatorship: LMC Goes Tough On Stadium Safety Requirements

    By Alonge Akinlolu →
    Increasing Spectatorship: LMC Goes Tough On Stadium Safety Requirements
    Nnamdi Azikiwe stadium, Enugu


    The League Management Company (LMC) has shifted focus to ensuring strict compliance with safety measures at match venues against the backdrop of rising numbers in spectatorship at matches of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL).

    Over the past four seasons, the LMC has been working with clubs on strategies to win back fans to match venues after years of dwindling attendance attributed to such reasons as lack of fidelity of match outcomes, poor quality of pitches and absence of adequate security amongst others.

    With public acclaim of the excitement of league games and the attendant return of fans to the stands, the LMC is reminding the clubs of the imperatives of always putting in place adequate measures for crowd control and safety of everyone at match venues on match days.

    Increasing Spectatorship: LMC Goes Tough On Stadium Safety Requirements
    El-Kanemi Warriors stadium, Maiduguri
    Attendance at NPFL matches has been rising with some games attracting full capacity and having some fans not able to gain access to the stands. There have been some photographs that showed possible breach of regulations in which it was observed that more fans may have been admitted to the games than stadium capacity can allow.

    Citing Rules B15.19 of the 2016/17 Framework and Rules, the LMC reminded all clubs that match day tickets must be issued to all spectators to a match even if the gates were declared free.

    The LMC said this is also in consonance with world football governing body, FIFA requirements as contained in FIFA Safety Regulations, Article 18.1 which states that “On match days, only persons in possession of valid permits shall be granted entry to the stadium. Valid permits include Match tickets, Workers’ identity cards and Passes”.

    The memo signed by the LMC Chief Operating Officer, Salihu Abubakar explained that the measure was to ensure proper crowd control and for record purposes.

    Noting that some clubs have of recent been observed to have failed to implement adequate crowd control measures, the LMC insisted that all Clubs are required to comply with and implement health and safety measures to prevent overcrowding of stands or the stadium, or other situations which may endanger the lives or wellbeing of spectators.

    It also directed that clubs must put in place other safety requirements such as having trained stewards whose responsibility will include but not limited to monitoring the stands to ensure capacity of sectors assigned to them were not over crowded, directing fans to appropriate sitting areas and alerting authorities of risk situations.
    Another requirement the LMC harped on is the provision of functional public address systems which should be operated on match days for announcements.