Friday 30 September 2016

Dobrev aims for CAF Champions League ticket

Technical adviser of FC Ifeanyi Ubah, Mitko Dobrev has urged his players to go all out on Sunday when they face MFM FC in the NPFL match day 38 fixture at Agege, Lagos. Dobrev who was speaking from the team’s camp in Lagos also said that getting a continental ticket for next season will be a perfect gift for the club proprietor and president, Dr. Patrick Ifeanyi Ubah.

Ahmed Musa: I grew up as an Arsenal fan

Ahmed Musa has been smiling at a couple of old photos showing the friends he grew up playing street football with back in Nigeria, together with a newspaper article flagging up his potential when he was a child. The third picture handed to him is much more recent, however, and, rather curiously, shows Leicester City’s £16m summer signing wearing a Manchester United shirt with “Herrera” on the back.

20 years Arsenal reign: Wenger thanks Kanu

Arsene Wenger has paid tribute to the host of African footbalers who have helped him to become the most celebrated manager in Arsenal’s history. The long-serving Frenchman is celebrating 20 years in charge of the north London club at which he has brought through a number of exciting talents, including the likes of Nwankwo Kanu and Kolo Toure.

Come and cheer us to victory – Ogunye begs fans

Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries Football Club of Lagos forward Austine Ogunye has urged their fans to get behind them on Sunday when they engage FC Ifeanyi Ubah of Nnewi in the final game of the 2015/16 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) season.

Thursday 29 September 2016

Asamoah, Andoh, Kuemian want CAF CL ticket

Three foreign stars at Rivers United, Godbless Asamoah, Wilson Andoh and Guy Kuemian have expressed hope that the club claims at least a CAF Champions League ticket at the end of the current Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) season.

Iheanacho, Iwobi Shortlisted for Golden Boy Award

Three Nigerians have been included by the organisers of the prestigious Golden Boy award, which is given to the best player under the age of 21 in Europe.

Okonkwo wants Akwa United scalp

Rivers United striker, Chinonso Okonkwo insists his side ‘must win’ against Akwa United in their final league game of the season on Sunday. United virtually handed the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) title to Enugu Rangers on match day 37 following a 0-0 draw at home to Abia Warriors.

Rangers International set to break 32-year jinx

Rangers International Football Club of Enugu, is set to break the 32 years league trophy-less jinx, with  the last game of the 2015/2016 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) match against El-Kanemi Warriors FC of Maiduguri at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium, Enugu on Sunday by 4pm.

MFM are 100% ready for IfeanyiUbah, says Ilechukwu

Head coach of Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries Football Club of Lagos Fidelis Ilechukwu has said his side is 100% ready for victory over Ifeanyi Ubah Football Club of Nnewi in their last game of this season's Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) campaign.

Enyimba release Ifeanyi Onuigbo

Enyimba International Football of Aba club have released striker Ifeanyi Onuigbo from the club. Onuigbo joined the Aba Millionaires midway through the season from Heartland and was a part of Enyimba side that reached the group phase of CAF Champions League.

Wednesday 28 September 2016

MFM must beat FC IfeanyiUbah to save our Career, Onuwa cries out

Mountain of Fire and Miracle Football Club (MFM FC) midfielder, Onuwa Chukwuka has described this weekend's Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) Match Day 38 clash with FC IfeanyiUbah as a career defining match for players of the Lagos based team.

Rivers United must fight till the end, Says Austin

Festus Austin insists Rivers United will give their all in their final Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) game against Akwa United on Sunday. Currently second on the NPFL standings, United will fall short in their aspirations of winning the NPFL title if the leaders, Enugu Rangers claim a point at home to El Kanemi Warriors on Sunday.

LMC announces N40m Prize Money for NPFL Champions

Champions of the 2015/16 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) season stand to win N40m from the Merit Award of the League Management Company (LMC). Rangers International of Enugu and Rivers United of Port Harcourt are the two clubs in contention for the big prize money from a total of N200m pool set aside by the LMC as reward for final position on the league table  at the end of the season on Sunday.

Iwobi disappointed to miss Olympics with Nigeria

Alex Iwobi wishes Arsenal would have let him play at the Olympics with Nigeria, but realises that going to Rio may also have hampered his progress with the Gunners. Iwobi, 20, was blocked from joining the Nigeria squad for the Rio de Janeiro Games in August as it would have ruled him out of the start of the Premier League season, a decision that Iwobi accepted.

Iheanacho, Mikel, Iwobi, Musa to get CAF player of the year nomination

Sources at the Confederation of Africa Football (CAF) have it that four Nigerians will be among the nominees for the 2016 African Footballer of the year, Vanguard reports.

Tuesday 27 September 2016

Maikaba won’t give up on continental ticket

Wikki Tourists technical adviser Abdul Maikaba believes his side are still in the race to pick one of the continental tickets despite their matchday 37 1-0 loss to Shooting Stars Sports Club (3SC) at the the Lekan Salami Stadium, Ibadan on Sunday.

It is not over for Warri Wolves yet, Says coach Mansur

Warri Wolves head coach Mansur Abdullahi has said that his club’s season is not over yet, insisting that the fight to stay on in the top league can only be declared over after Match Day 38 game against Ikorodu United in Warri on Sunday.

Eguma eyes victory over Akwa United

Technical manager of Rivers United, Stanley Eguma has declared that his side is now focusing on their next game away to Akwa United on October 2 in Uyo, saying that crying over spilled milk will do no good.

Jos Appeal Court fixes October 11 for hearing of all LMC Appeals

The Court of Appeal, Jos Division which sat on Monday has directed that there should be no attempt to tamper with the subject matter of the appeal file by the League Management Company (LMC) against the orders of Justice I.I. Kunda of the Plateau State High Court, Jos. This is even as the Inspector General of Police on Monday increased Police presence at the premises of the LMC to protect the staff and its activities.

Monday 19 September 2016

Wikki Tourists pip Rivers United

Wikki Tourists left it late to beat Rivers United 1-0 at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Stadium, Bauchi with the winner coming just 11 minutes from time. Christopher Waziri rose, unchallenged to head home the game’s only goal as the United defence failed to clear Festus Umanah’s free kick.

Sunday 11 September 2016

Rivers United tame Wolves to go top

Goals from Godwin Obinze, Bernard Ovoke and Guy Kuemian were all Rivers United required in a come-from-behind 3-1 win over Warri Wolves in a Nigeria Professional Football League game decided at the Yakubu Gowon Stadium, Port Harcourt on Saturday.

Kuemian wants NPFL title with Rivers United

Ivoirian marksman, Guy Kuemian Venance has voiced his sentiments over claiming an unlikely Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) title with Rivers United this season. United currently occupies the summit of the NPFL standings with three matches remaining.

MFM FC spank Lobi Stars

Sikiru Olatunbosun's cool finish and a brace from Newman Musa gave Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries Football Club of Lagos their first win in eight matches as they outclassed Lobi Stars Football Club of Makurdi with a 3-1 victory in match day 35 of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) played at the Agege Township Stadium on Sunday morning.

Thursday 8 September 2016

Abia Warriors accuse Ifeanyi Ubah of engineering violence

Abia warriors Football Club of Umuahia have condemned in strong terms, the minor skirmishes that followed the club’s 1-1 draw with visiting FC Ifeanyi Ubah during matchday 35 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) at the Umuahia Township Stadium and accused the opposing fans of engineering the violence.

Bosso targets away win

El Kanemi Warriors technical adviser, Ladan Bosso has set his sights on winning at least one fixture on the road before the end of the season after going unbeaten in the last five games. After a shaky start to the season during which El-Kanemi Warriors lost a home game at their adopted ground in Katsina, the former Abia Warriors manager seems to have steadied their progress following their return to familiar Maiduguri turf where they have won all 11 home games played since April 10.

Iheanacho wins CNN goal of the week award

Nigerian teen sensation Kelechi Iheanacho has won the CNN Goal of the week award for his wonder strike, that helped Nigeria beat Tanzania 1-0 in a dead rubber AFCON 2017 qualifiers tie. The organisers took into consideration, all the goals scored during the recently concluded international break and, the 19 year old well hit effort from the edge of Tanzania box was selected as the winner.

Nigeria vs Zambia tie: Zambia's FA introduces computer-based ticket sales

Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) on Thursday announced that it had switched to computer-based ticket sales in line with modern trends in football. FAZ President Andrew Kamanga said the move was also aimed at improving accountability and transparency, adding that the new mode of ticketing would be used for the upcoming 2018 World Cup qualifier against Nigeria next month. 

Wednesday 7 September 2016

CAF reject Pinnick's nomination for FIFA seat

Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) president Amaju Pinnick will not contest for a FIFA council seat later this month after CAF did not endorse his nomination. The elections into the FIFA Council are slated for on September 29 with seven possible candidates have already been announced by CAF - Almamy Kabele Camara (Guinea); Suketu Patel (Sychelles); Kwesi Nyantakyi (Ghana); Ahmad (Madagascar); Augustin Senghor (Senegal); Hamidou Djibrilla (Niger) and Chabur Goc Alei (South Sudan).

GIWA FC SAGA: Court slams contempt charge on LMC

.Shehu Dikko, Abubakar, others risk jail

League Management Company officials – Chairman, Shehu Dikko and Chief Operating Officer Salisu Abubakar – have been served with a contempt of court charge for deliberately disobeying the order of a court of a competent jurisdiction ordering the stoppage of the Nigeria Premier Football League, until Giwa FC of Jos is reinstated.

Match Commissioner for Enyimba vs Wikki match attacked by robbers can reveal that the Match Commissioner assigned for today’s rescheduled matchday 31 of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) match between Enyimba and Wikki Tourists, Mr Richard Jideaka was last night attacked by armed robbers on his way to Port-Harcourt from Abuja.

Tuesday 6 September 2016

ITTF World Rankings: Quadri rises to historic world 25th

Nigeria's Aruna Quadri has climbed from No.40 to No.25 in the best table tennis world rankings by the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF). The ranking was published by the table tennis governing body on Tuesday.

Fed Cup: Enyimba battle Nasarawa Utd Oct 2nd in Ibadan

.FC IfeanyiUbah play Crown FC Sept 25th

The semi-final matches of this year’s men Federation Cup competition will take place on 25th September and 2nd October respectively. The NFF announced on Tuesday that the first semi-final, between Crown FC of Ogbomosho and FC IfeanyiUbah, will hold at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium, Kaduna on Sunday, 25th September.

Rohr: We need our best players to qualify for World Cup

Super Eagles’ Technical Adviser Gernot Rohr has reiterated that Nigeria will need all her best players to play at their premium in order to pick the lone ticket from their 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification group. Franco-Germany Rohr made this assertion on a visit to the secretariat of Nigeria Football Federation on Tuesday, where he met with the General Secretary, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi and the NFF Management.

Wikki Tourists will reclaim top spot—Nwabulu

Wikki Tourists FC, first choice goalkeeper, Emeka Nwabulu has said that his side is determined to reclaim the top position in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL). The Bauchi-based side was until last week leading the summit before surrendered the position to Rangers International FC of Enugu.

El Kanemi will wreak havoc on Heartland-- Hussaini

El Kanemi Warriors central defender, Mohammed Hussaini has said that his team is ready to compound Heartland FC woe when they meet for this weekend’s matchday 35 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) clash at the El Kanemi Warriors Stadium in Maiduguri.

‘Rangers on revenge mission against 3SC’

Rangers International FC of Enugu have vowed not to drop any point till the end of the league as they are ready to go all out for this weekend’s matchday 35 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) clash against Shooting Stars Sports club (3SC) in Ibadan.

Bashir Salisu bags Kano SWAN award

Kano State chapter of the Sports Writer Association of Nigeria (SWAN) has awarded first Kano indigene FIFA-badge referee, Bashir Salisu with most outstanding referee award in the month of August.

Monday 5 September 2016

Eguma apologises to Rivers United fans

The technical manager of Rivers United FC, Stanley Eguma has moved to apologize to fans of the club following their humiliating 0-4 loss to Enugu Rangers on match day 34 of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL).

Sunday 4 September 2016

Umuahia Stadium cleared for Abia Warriors, IfeanyiUbah game

Wednesday’s rescheduled match between hosts Abia Warriors and FC IfeanyiUbah will go ahead at the Umuahia Township Stadium after it was cleared to continue to stage league matches.

Ganaru: My players showed good character against Sunshine

Kano Pillars bounced back to winning ways on Sunday following a 2-0 victory over Sunshine Stars of Akure in a matchday 34 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) clash at the Sani Abacha Stadium, Kano.

Nanen Imenger targets top two finish

Nanen Imenger has not given up hope of his team finishing in the top two in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) table this season after helping Lobi Stars to a 1-0 win over Enyimba FC in the week 34 clash on Sunday.

Ikorodu Utd's Fatunwase collapses, revived at hospital

.Sustains eye injury

Crisis was averted on Sunday during a matchday 34 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) between Heartland FC and Ikorodu United when visitor’s goalkeeper, Segun Fatunwase collapsed and he was rushed to the hospital before he regained his consciousness.

Friday 2 September 2016

Imenger wary of Enyimba

Lobi Stars team manager Barnabas Imenger has charged his players to be mentally prepared for Enyimba’s game if they want to get a deserving result in the game. Lobi Stars host Paul Aigbogun and his team in a matchday 34 of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) tie at the Aper Aku stadium on Sunday, knowing that another victory for Enyimba would place them in a comfortable position to fight for the league title.

Pillars are condemned to beat Sunshine Stars - Mohammed

Kano Pillars first choice goalkeeper Yusuf Mohammed has promised their teaming supporters to expect a new improved team when they face Sunshine Stars of Akure in the week 34 of the Nigeria Professional football League (NPFL) game at the Sani Abacha Stadium, Kano on Sunday. 

Tornadoes game is crucial, Says Bosso

El Kanemi Warriors technical adviser, Ladan Bosso has told his wards to prepare for a tough game when they play Niger Tornadoes in the matchday 34 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) clash in Maiduguri. El Kanemi and Niger Tornadoes are on the same points with goals difference separate the two sides.

Odey happy with quick recovery

Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries Football Club of Lagos striker, Stephen Odey has said that he is happy to have fully recovered from a short injury spell lay off. The young striker sustained an acute medial collateral ligament injury of the left elbow joint in his team's last home game against Abia Warriors Football Club of Umuahia when he made an acrobatic attempt and landed badly with his arm.

Court order: League will go on, says LMC

Fixtures of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) will continue to hold as scheduled, according to a statement by the League Management Company (LMC) released on Friday. The LMC said it was among several other grounds, relying on the motion filed for stay of execution of Mr. Justice I.I Kunda's latest order made in disregard of the notice of appeal filed against his first order.

Thursday 1 September 2016

Mikel branded social media ‘Comedian’

.Trolls Costa after Luiz re-joins Chelsea

Super Eagles captain John Obi Mikel has been described as one of the best footballers to follow on Instagram and twitter. The Chelsea of England midfielder, who opened his Twitter account on August 4, has quickly become someone whose tweets can’t be scrolled past.

We beat Rangers hands down, says Dogo

Nasarawa United technical adviser, Kabiru Dogo has said that the best team won the week 33 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) encounter between his side and Rangers International on Sunday at the Aper Aku Stadium, Makurdi. 

Abia Warriors suffer major injury blow

Abia Warriors have been hit by the news that Anthony Okemmiri, Chima Onuoha and Chinedu Anozie could be out of action for up to three to six weeks. The Umuahia-based outfit were badly hit with various degrees of injuries during Monday’s week 33 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) clash against Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries (MFM) at the Agege Stadium.