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  • Super Eagles, Black Stars face-off in WAFU Nations Cup

    By Alonge Akinlolu → Thursday, 27 July 2017
    Super Eagles, Black Stars face-off  in WAFU Nations Cup

    All is now set for the WAFU Cup of Nations tournament for senior national teams in the sub –region after the Draw Ceremony for the tournament scheduled for September took place at the Labadi Beach Hotel, Accra on Thursday. The competition has been scheduled for September 9 -24, and teams are expected to feature wholly home –based professionals.



    Nigeria’s Super Eagles have been drawn in Group A alongside host nation Ghana, with Mali and Guinea also involved in a unique format that will see teams play single games before proceeding to the quarter finals.



    Ghana and Nigeria have seven African titles between them, with the Super Eagles and the Black Stars featuring in the last two FIFA World Cup finals in South Africa (2010) and Brazil (2014).



    All the teams in Group A will play in Takoradi, the twin city of Sekondi that also hosted matches during the 2008 Africa Cup of Nations.



    Other teams in Group A are The Gambia, Sierra Leone, Mauritania and Guinea Bissau.



    The Super Eagles are drawn to play Sierra Leone.



    Group B will compete in Cape Coast. 2015 African champions Cote d’Ivoire headline the pool that also has Senegal, Burkina Faso and Benin Republic, with Liberia, Niger Republic, Togo and Cape Verde also involved.



    NFF’s Director of Competitions, Ayobola Oyeyode, represented Nigeria at the Draw Ceremony.



    THE DRAW



    GROUP A

    Ghana Vs The Gambia

    Nigeria Vs Sierra Leone

    Mali Vs Mauritania

    Guinea Vs Guinea Bissau



    GROUP B

    Senegal Vs Liberia

    Burkina Faso Vs Niger Republic

    Cote d’Ivoire Vs Togo

    Benin Republic Vs Cape Verde


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  • Super Eagles captain, Ezenwa happy to lead

    By Alonge Akinlolu →
    Super Eagles captain, Ezenwa happy to lead

    FC IfeanyiUbah goalkeeper, Ikechukwu Ezenwa has expressed delight after he was named captain of the home-based Super Eagles.


    Ezenwa will be assisted by Enyimba's left back, Chima Akas as the team prepare to face Benin Republic on August 13 in the first leg of the final qualifying round to the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN) in Kenya.


    "I am very happy to be named the captain of the team,"Ezenwa told Footyalert

    "To lead is an added responsibility which I am delighted to take up. The most important thing is to lead well and carry my brothers along. 

    "The technical crew have given me the baton to lead and I will try to do my best.

    The Anambra Warriors first choice goalkeeper has also reassured on delivering the ticket to Kenya 2018.

    Super Eagles captain, Ezenwa happy to lead

    "We were welcomed by the people of Kano and each training session has been good with their support. 

    "Now we have to do our best to make sure that Nigeria qualify for the main tournament. I was at the last edition of the CHAN tournament but that's now in the past, our focus is to qualify for the main event,"Ezenwa concludes






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  • Odey not under pressure to break Mfon Udoh's record

    By Alonge Akinlolu →
    Odey not under pressure to break Mfon Udoh's record

    MFM striker, Stephen Odey has revealed that he is not under pressure to equal or break the all time highest goals record in the Nigeria Professional Football League

    Enyimba’s captain, Mfon Udoh scored 23 goals in the 2013/2014 season and it looks more like that record may be equaled or broken this term  but Odey who is on 18 goals after week 31 in the NPFL isn't bothered about setting a new record.


    "As far as I'm concerned the goals will continue to come,"Odey told Footyalert

    "I'm not under any kind of pressure instead I want to enjoy playing football and also deliver by scoring goals for my club, MFM FC. 

    "I've heard talks about people predicting the number of goals I'll score this season but as for me, I believe that one will achieve that which he's destined for. 
    Odey not under pressure to break Mfon Udoh's record
    credit @lmcnpflOdey not under pressure to break Mfon Udoh's record

    "There are still a couple of matches till the end of this season and that simply means anything is possible. 

    "I respect Mfon Udoh who has been in the game before me, to have scored 23 goals in a season is huge. I'm younger and can still do better," Odey stated.


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  • NWPL: Teams Battle For Super Four Spot

    By Alonge Akinlolu → Tuesday, 25 July 2017

    NWPL: Teams Battle For Super Four Spot

    With two games to the end of the 2016/17 Nigeria Women Premier League (NWPL) season and no dominant team at the helm of the Group B, the chase for the two slots for Super Four looks likely to go down the wire for a photo finish.

    All the top four clubs have equal opportunity and the vying clubs are battle ready.

    Meanwhile, Group A looks settled with Rivers Angels and Bayelsa Queens already confirmed to finish in the top two cadre.

    Nasarawa Amazons (22 points) and Delta Queens (22 points) are under pressure to maintain their positions as Adamawa Queens (20 points) and Osun Babes (20 points) continue to pile more pressure on both teams. With two games to go, none of the top four clubs has stuck its neck out clearly for
    Super Four and it looks like any of the above clubs can win it considering the point gap between the top four clubs.
    NWPL: Teams Battle For Super Four Spot

    However, all is set for match day 13 to be honored. Almost all the matches on Wednesday are dicey and it is very difficult to pick the toughest. All the seven matches are deciders on their own; a slip may cause a club the top spot and a loss may drop a club into the relegation zone.


    Sunshine Queens Vs Rivers Angels

    Sunshine Queens’ third position is under siege as they prepare to take on Group A leaders Rivers Angels at the Akure Township Stadium.

    Rivers Angels have 22 points while Sunshine Queens are eight points adrift the Port Harcourt side.

    The Owena Mermaids are yet to lose a home game and nothing shows any of the clubs have got the antidote against them at home.

    It will be a great achievement if Rivers Angels earn a positive result, considering the fact the Akure isn’t a good hunting ground for them. The last three games between the two sides at the Akure Township Stadium ended in favour of Sunshine Queens.

    The homers have all the ammunition to help them carry the day but the visitors can surprise them if they lose concentration and become complacent in the course of the match.
    NWPL: Teams Battle For Super Four Spot

    Heartland Queens Vs Bayelsa Queens

    Heartland Queens have a home assignment against Bayelsa Queens at the Federal Polytechnic Pitch, Nekede. The Owerri side, who are at the foot of the Group A standings, have been left with no choice than to win all their remaining matches in order to beat the drop.

    The Restoration Girls, who are second on the log with 22 point from 10 games will test the might of the Owerri outfit to see if they can add to their woes.

    It is a must win for Heartland Queens if they still have plans of staying afloat in the league.

    Abia Angels Vs Ibom Angels

    Abia Angels have got another chance to keep their chances of survival intact. They take on Ibom Angels at the Umuahia Township Stadium in a crunch encounter.

    Ibom Angels would be looking forward to end the league campaign in third place
    as well as appease their teeming fans.

    The two teams look likely to cancel each other out in the cracker.

    Pelican Stars Vs Nasarawa Amazons

    Group A leaders, Nasarawa Amazons can firm their grip at the top if they humble troublesome Pelican Stars at the UJ Esuene Stadium.

    The Amazons will seal qualification for Super Four if their rivals Delta Queens, Adamawa Queens and Osun Babes falters.

    Seven-time league champions, Pelican Stars will also like to prove a point that they are no pushovers. They would give the away side a tough time.

    Blessing Edoho, Alex Faith, Aminat Waheed, Moses Pato, Anam Imo, Josephine Mathias, Amarachi Okoronkwo and Joke Ejalonibu are expected to shine in the game billed for the UJ Esuene Stadium.
    NWPL: Teams Battle For Super Four Spot

    Adamawa Queens Vs Delta Queens

    Another cagey encounter of similar fate is the match involving Adamawa Queens and Delta Queens at the Atiku Abubakar Stadium in Fufore.

    Adamawa Queens are in third spot with 20 points with one game in hand while Delta Queens lie in second position with 22 points.

    This means that a win for the Yola team will spell doom for Delta Queens, who were held to a 1-1 draw by Pelican Stars in a week 12 game in Kwale.

    Coach Bello Mohammed should unleash the deadly quartet of Regina Omede, Wachukwu Oluchi, Doshinma Tarnu and Stella Nwadike upfront as he bids to claim the three points.

    Delta Queens gaffer Clifford Chukwuma will be relying on the experience of Joy Jegede, Ijeoma Obi, Lilian Cole and Rosemary Okezie for the tough task.

    Saadatu Amazons Vs Confluence Queens

    Saadatu Amazons and Confluence Queens would lock horns at the College of Education in Minna.

    The Allah Mai Ikoh Girls, who are already preparing for life in the Pro League will certainly want to give their fans something to cheer by picking the maximum points at stake.

    Confluence Queens won for the first time in the second round at home to Edo Queens last midweek and winning the match in Minna is crucial as they bid to end the season on a high.

    It will take greater work from Saadatu to gain a point in Minna. The New Direction Queens look set to enrich themselves with the three available points.

    Osun Babes Vs Edo Queens

    Coach Liadi Bashiru will be leading Osun Babes against Edo Queens in Oshogbo. Laidi has already declared the game a must-win as the final two matches leave him with no room for mistakes.

    Following the slim 1-0 loss to Confluence Queens in Lokoja, Edo Queens who won the reverse fixture 1-0 thanks to Regina Otu’s spot kick will hopefully think of completing a double over Osun Babes.

    But Osun Babes have different ideas. It is a must win for the Omoluabi Queens to enhance their Super Four hopes. If they are defeated by the Benin City Girls the battle would virtually be over for them.

    It will however be a surprise to many if Osun Babes surrenders to Edo Queens at the Oshogbo Township Stadium.
    NWPL: Teams Battle For Super Four Spot

    Week 13 Fixtures:

    Date: Wednesday 26th July, 2017

    Group A

    Sunshine Queens Vs Rivers Angels

    Heartland Queens Vs Bayelsa Queens

    Abia Angels Vs Ibom Angels

    Group B

    Pelican Stars Vs Nasarawa Amazons

    Osun Babes Vs Edo Queens

    Saadatu Amazon Vs Confluence Queens

    Adamawa Queens Vs Delta Queens



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  • Golbe: National team call-up, dream come true

    By Alonge Akinlolu →
    Golbe: National team call-up, dream come true

    The dead ball specialist has branded his call-up to Nigeria's Super Eagles squad currently preparing to take on Benin "a dream come true".


    Plateau United captain, Golbe Elisha is excited to be in the Super Eagles camp preparing for the African Nations Championship final qualifying round against Benin later in August.


    The defender stated that he will make good use of the opportunity in the national team camp.

    "I want to thank God for this opportunity and I am prepared to make good use of it. It's a dream come true for me," Golbe told Footyalert

    "Football isn't about big names instead it's about determination and what you bring to the table.

    "There are experience and big name players in the camp but it's left for everyone to give their best and show the technical crew what they can offer," Golbe stated.



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  • I will give my best in the Eagles' camp- Mathias

    By Alonge Akinlolu →
    I will give my best in Eagles' camp- Mathias
    Photo credit @lmcnpfl

    El-Kanemi Warriors midfielder, Samuel Mathias has revealed that his target is to give his best while in the camp of the Super Eagles ahead of the final qualifying round of the 2019 African Nations Championship (CHAN).

    The Desert Warriors midfielder who has scored 12 goals in the 2016/17 Nigeria Professional Football League season stated that he will learn and give his best.

    "I am happy to have made the list of invited players to the Super Eagles camp and I give everything back to God," Mathias told Footyalert

    "I'm here to give my best and that's all that is on my mind. I'm here to learn because I know that there are more experience players around.

    "I will learn and give my very best. I am not here to compete but to make a positive impact. Every player invited has something unique to offer and that means we all have a lot to offer and it's a big task ahead. I'm looking forward to a positive camping,"Mathias stated



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  • Ajiboye dedicates draw at Lobi Stars to his baby boy

    By Alonge Akinlolu →
    Ajiboye dedicates draw at Lobi Stars to his baby boy

    Plateau United goalkeeper, Dele Ajiboye has dedicated the 0-0 draw away to Lobi Stars on match day 31 in the Nigeria  Professional Football League on Sunday to his new baby boy.

    Ajiboye who is currently in the camp of the Super Eagles preparing for the African Nations Championship (CHAN) qualifier against Benin next month believed that the Peace Boys had more opportunities to pick up the maximum point.



    "We were glad to have picked a point at Lobi Stars because they did same too in the reverse fixture," Ajiboye told Footyalert

    "We had more opportunities to secure a win but we couldn't just bury those chances , never the less we are happy that we left Makurdi with a point.


    "It's a huge joy for me to welcome a boy to my family who I call Ajiboye Junior and I want to dedicate the draw against Lobi Stars to him.

    "I am in the camp of the Super Eagles and still welcome a bundle of joy, I think it's a double joy for me. Though I won't be around on Sunday during the naming ceremony but I know that my heart will be with them," Ajiboye concludes



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  • Championship clubs eye Jordan Obita

    By Alonge Akinlolu →
    Championship clubs eye Jordan Obita
    Photo credt @Readingfc

    Four Championship clubs have reportedly shown interest at signing Reading left back, Jordan Obita.

    Obita 23 who has a year left in his contract has not discussed an extension with Reading and that has shown strong indication of a likely move, he made 41 appearances for the Royals last term.

    According to The Sun, Middlesbrough, HullCity, Fulham and Birmingham City are all monitoring the winger who has been at the Madejski Stadium his whole career.
    The Ugandan descent who was born in England has made nine appearances for the England U18,U19 and  U20


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