Wednesday, October 27

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Stephen Odey: Randers FC sign Genk striker on loan
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Stephen Odey: Randers FC sign Genk striker on loan

  The Nigeria international will continue his professional career at the Danish Superliga side Danish top-flight side Randers have confirmed the signing of Nigeria international Stephen Odey from Genk. The striker, 23 - who began his professional career at NPFL side MFM – was loaned to the Danish Superliga side in a bid to get regular playing time. Since his transfer to the Belgian top-flight side from FC Zurich, Odey has struggled to justify his signing.  
NPFL: Four clubs to be Relegated to NNL Confirmed
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NPFL: Four clubs to be Relegated to NNL Confirmed

The four clubs that will be relegated from the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) after the 2020/2021 season, have been confirmed. They are Jigawa Golden Stars, FC Ifeanyi Ubah, Warri Wolves and Adamawa United. The four teams will now drop down to the Nigeria National League (NNL). Ifeanyi Ubah, Wolves and Adamawa were all relegated before the last day of the season. They were joined by Jigawa Golden Stars, who lost 2-0 at MFM FC on the last day of the campaign. Wikki, Heartland and Abia Warriors all escaped the drop. Akwa United were crowned NPFL champions for the first time this year.
Akwa United’s Boboye shifts focus to Caf Champions League after historic NPFL triumph
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Akwa United’s Boboye shifts focus to Caf Champions League after historic NPFL triumph

After helping the Promise Keepers win their maiden Nigerian top-flight title, the tactician is aiming to lead the team to a fruitful outing in Africa   Coach Kennedy Boboye has shifted focus to Akwa United’s Caf Champions League campaign after leading the Promise Keepers to Nigeria Professional League glory. Inspired by a Charles Atshimene hat-trick, the Uyo-based outfit mauled MFM 5-2 at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium to end their NPFL title wait with a game to spare. Following winning their maiden top-flight crown, the former Nigeria international now boasts of two winners medals after leading Plateau United to the country’s elite division diadem in 2017 after leaving Abia Warriors. While revelling in Akwa’s historic feat, Boboye claims his next goal is to lead the te...
Akwa United secure maiden NPFL title after thrashing MFM
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Akwa United secure maiden NPFL title after thrashing MFM

  The Promise Keepers thrilled their fans in Uyo on Sunday by securing the Nigerian top-flight crown with an emphatic win Akwa United have won the 2020-21 Nigeria Professional Football League title after they defeated MFM FC 5-2 in their penultimate fixture of the season on Sunday. Charles Atshimene stood out for the hosts at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium as his hat-trick of goals helped crush the Olukoya Boys, who are winless in their last eight matches on the road. Atshimene opened the scoring in the 24th minute followed by Alimi Adebayo's own goal on the stroke of half-time which gave Kennedy Boboye's side a two-goal lead at the half-time break.  
Ahmed Musa Reveals why he left Kano Pillars to join Fatih Karagumruk
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Ahmed Musa Reveals why he left Kano Pillars to join Fatih Karagumruk

  Super Eagles captain, Ahmed Musa, has said he signed for Fatih Karagumruk on a permanent deal because of their philosophy and ambition. Musa on Thursday, completed a free transfer to the Istanbul club, signing a two-year contract with the option of an additional year. The move ended his brief stay in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL), where he penned a short-term deal. Musa has now spoken out after finalizing the transfer. “I was very impressed with the team’s philosophy, style of play and it’s clearly an ambitious club. “I feel wanted and that’s what made all the difference. I want to repay that faith. I can’t wait to link up with my teammates and help the club achieve their ambitions,” Musa BBC Sport Africa. Karagumruk were promoted to the Tu...
Does Mexico thrashing prove NPFL players are not good enough for Super Eagles?
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Does Mexico thrashing prove NPFL players are not good enough for Super Eagles?

A humbling defeat at the hands of El Tri did little to make the case for the home-based contingent breaking into Gernot Rohr's main squad There is no more polarizing discussion in Nigerian football than that surrounding the aptitude (or otherwise) of locally based players for the senior national team. Like for most differences of opinion in this present day and age, the battleground is digital, and with this comes the unspeakable principle that seems to govern disagreement on the internet: no one learns anything, and no one shifts ground. No matter what. To yield ground is to lose face.
Pinnick to NPFL players: I will not allow you to join ‘mushroom clubs’ in Europe
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Pinnick to NPFL players: I will not allow you to join ‘mushroom clubs’ in Europe

The federation’s top official assures young players that his administration will do everything possible to help them progress Nigeria Football Federation President Amaju Pinnick has asked football agents to stop taking players from the country to unknown leagues in Europe. Instead, Pinnick, who also serves as a Fifa official, has promised to help players from the West African nation to join top clubs in major leagues in Europe giving examples of Villarreal, Valencia, and Lille. The FA President was speaking while addressing home-based Super Eagles players in Los Angeles on Saturday night ahead of their friendly against Mexico.
Nigeria coach Rohr hints at inviting NPFL players for World Cup qualifiers after Mexico thumping
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Nigeria coach Rohr hints at inviting NPFL players for World Cup qualifiers after Mexico thumping

The German coach was present in Los Angeles to monitor the Super Eagles players who were on parade against Mexico Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr has hinted that he could include some Nigeria Professional Football League players in his squad for their 2022 Fifa World Cup qualifiers which will begin in September. He was on the bench as the home-based players suffered a 4-0 defeat to Mexico in an international friendly game on Sunday. Despite the disappointing score, Rohr commended the NPFL stars for their efforts in Los Angeles and he is looking forward to working with some of them in his regular team during the next final window.
Eguavoen missing as Rohr returns for Nigeria vs Mexico friendly match
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Eguavoen missing as Rohr returns for Nigeria vs Mexico friendly match

The German coach is back to take charge of Sunday's game with NPFL players at the Los Angeles Coliseum Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr is back to lead the Nigeria Professional Football League players for the international friendly match against Mexico after Austin Eguavoen did not make the trip to the United States. Eguavoen, who plays the role of the NFF technical director, was picked to lead the home-based players to Los Angeles after Rohr’s regular team was declared unavailable. The former Super Eagles defender and coach was denied a visa at the United States of America Embassy.
Tottenham Goalkeeper Joshua Olayemi to join the Super Eagles Squad for Mexico Friendly
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Tottenham Goalkeeper Joshua Olayemi to join the Super Eagles Squad for Mexico Friendly

A foreign professional player will now join the home-based players of the Super Eagles team that will take on El tri of Mexico in an international friendly on July 4 . Tottenham’s U-23 goalkeeper Joshua Olayemi has been called up to Nigeria’s squad for the friendly clash to replace the injured team captain Ikechukwu Ezenwa in the squad. His invitation means he’s the only foreign-based player in the team as the rest of the team play their football in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL). 20-year-old Olayemi was born in England to Nigerian parents, which makes him eligible for the three-time African Champions. He came through the Tottenham Academy, having played for the youth team and U18 side. He is currently Spurs U23 goalkeeper. He was on loan at Nat...
‘Rohr needs to shut up and do the work of his contract’- Sports Minister, Sunday Dare blasts Super Eagles coach
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‘Rohr needs to shut up and do the work of his contract’- Sports Minister, Sunday Dare blasts Super Eagles coach

The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare has blasted Super Eagles head coach, Gernot Rohr over his ''unfair treatment'' of players from the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL), urging him to focus on doing his work. Since he took his role as the head coach, Rohr has been heavily criticized for not inviting home based players to the national team. Rohr, 68 has relied mostly foreign players since he took charge as Nigeria’s national team coach and recently criticized the home based team that will face Mexico in an international friendly at the Los Angeles Coliseum this weekend. Austin Eguavoen will be in charge of the home based team not Rohr and the Sports Minister has expressed his disappointment. Rohr signed a new two-year contract last year, and par...
BREAKING: Plateau United fans attack, injure Enyimba players in Jos
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BREAKING: Plateau United fans attack, injure Enyimba players in Jos

Fans of the Plateau United Football Club have attacked and injured some players of Enyimba, Nigeria Professional Football League, NPFL. It was gathered that the incident happened after the visitors (Enyimba players) held home side Plateau United to a goalless draw in Jos, in a match-day 29 fixture on Sunday. The Abia State Government on Sunday evening posted the still picture of one of the players who was seriously injured during the attack on its official Facebook page. “Please what type of football league will allow this to happen merely because the visiting team got a draw?”, the post read. Pictures indicated that defender Danladi Timothy and goalkeeper Sabirou Bassa-Djeri sustained wounds following the attack.
‘Everybody can’t be invited’ – Eguavoen defends NPFL player selection for Nigeria friendly in Mexico
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‘Everybody can’t be invited’ – Eguavoen defends NPFL player selection for Nigeria friendly in Mexico

The 55-year-old will be in charge when the Super Eagles take on El Tri in a friendly outing scheduled in Los Angeles NFF technical director Austin Eguavoen has reacted to criticism surrounding his selection of Nigeria Professional Football League players for next month’s international friendly match against Mexico. The home-based players will battle the reigning Concacaf Gold Cup champions at the Los Angeles Coliseum on July 4, in the absence of Gernot Rohr’s men who will be at their European clubs for pre-season training. On Sunday, 25 NPFL players were summoned to camp in Abuja with two players expected to be dropped before the final 22-man squad travels to the United States.
Rivers United Coach, Stanley Eguma kidnapped by Unknown Gunmen in Enugu
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Rivers United Coach, Stanley Eguma kidnapped by Unknown Gunmen in Enugu

Rivers United coach, Stanley Eguma has reportedly been kidnapped by unknown gunmen . According to reports, Mr. Eguma was kidnapped in Enugu on his way from Gombe State where his team lost to Adamawa United on Sunday. “The coach did not return with the team on Tuesday but that’s all I can tell you. We hear he has been kidnapped but we are waiting to hear officially from the club management,” a source close to the coach, who spoke to The PUNCH on condition of anonymity, said. Another source close to the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) team also confirmed the development to Sportingife.ng on Wednesday, adding that the kidnappers have reached out to the club management for ransom. “The kidnappers are now negotiating with the club management, ” the insider said “The...
Ahmed Musa Bags assist on NPFL Return
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Ahmed Musa Bags assist on NPFL Return

  Super Eagles captain, Ahmed Musa, marked his Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) return with an assist, as Kano Pillars beat Adamawa United 1-0 on Sunday. Musa was missing as Sai Masu Gida drew 1-1 at Warri Wolves last time out. However, he started against Adamawa United and set up Rabiu Ali for the only goal. Following this win, the four-time Nigerian champions remained second on the NPFL log with 40 points from 21 matches in the 2020/2021 campaign. Akwa United stay top thanks to their 2-0 victory over cross-city rivals Dakkada FC. Musa could be handed his second start when Kano Pillars take on Katsina United in their next game on May 23.
Heartland, Katsina Clash Over Nnoshiri
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Heartland, Katsina Clash Over Nnoshiri

Nigeria Professional Football League sides Heartland FC and Katsina United are both laying claim to the ownership of Samuel Nnoshiri, who left the Owerri-based side during the NPFL mid-season break. Heartland had raised the alarm that Nnoshiri, who now plays for Katsina United, was still the club’s property. The club had in a statement signed by its media officer, Solomon Onu, on Monday, alleged that Katsina illegally acquired the services of Nnoshiri. Nnoshiri made his debut for Katsina on Sunday, scoring in their 5-1 drubbing of Wikki Tourists. Speaking with our correspondent on Tuesday, the media officer of Katsina United, Nuhu Shaiskawa, said they followed all legal process in the acquisition of Nnoshiri. “Samuel Nnoshiri already terminated his contract with Heartlan...
Rivers State Govt. Rejects NFF Committee’s Report On 2019/20 NPFL Final Table, Heads To CAS
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Rivers State Govt. Rejects NFF Committee’s Report On 2019/20 NPFL Final Table, Heads To CAS

Rivers State Government, owners of Rivers United Football Club has rejected the outcome of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Committee’s report that endorsed the decision of League Management Company (LMC) to place Enyimba ahead of the club in the final standing of Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) table. This is just as the government queried the recent trip of NFF’s president, Amaju Pinnick to Abia State last week Friday, only for the Football Committee to submit its position on Monday. Rivers Commissioner for Sports, Boma Iyaye stated while receiving the newly elected executives of Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN), Rivers chapter on a courtesy visit at his office in Port Harcourt. Iyaye listed eight grounds of objections to the report of the NFF’...
Rohr reacts as Ahmed Musa Joins Kano Pillars
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Rohr reacts as Ahmed Musa Joins Kano Pillars

  Head coach of the Super Eagles, Gernot Rohr, is pleased with Ahmed Musa’s decision to rejoin Kano Pillars. Musa, this week, signed a short-term deal with the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) side. However, the winger is expected to leave if he receives offers from Europe. Musa has not had a club since he left Saudi Arabia Professional League side Al Shabab in October. He almost joined Premier League side, West Bromwich Albion back in January, but the deal collapsed due to his wage demand. “I am very happy for Ahmed Musa to be able to play again with his old club of Kano Pillars,” Rohr told journalists.
Why I Returned To Kano Pillars – Ahmed Musa
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Why I Returned To Kano Pillars – Ahmed Musa

Super Eagles skipper Ahmed Musa has disclosed why he decided to rejoin his former club Kano Pillars. On Tuesday Kano Pillars confirmed that Musa has rejoined them having signed a deal until the end of the season. Musa’s agreement includes a clause that allows him to leave when and if he can find a club in Europe. He joins as an Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) elite player with the aim of boosting their image as well as helping Musa maintain his fitness as he continues his search for a European club. The 28-year-old, who is a free agent since leaving Saudi Arabian side Al Nassr in October, had received offers from England, Russia and Turkey. Speaking on the move, the former Leicester, CSKA forward told BBC Sport Africa “Anything that improves the image of Nige...
DONE DEAL: Ahmed Musa Joins Kano Pillars
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DONE DEAL: Ahmed Musa Joins Kano Pillars

The Super Eagles captain is back at the Sani Abacha Stadium for the remainder of the season after leaving the Saudi Arabia Pro League Ex-Leicester City, CSKA Moscow and Nigeria international Ahmed Musa has rejoined Kano Pillars for a second stint, the club confirmed on Tuesday. Musa has been a free agent since parting ways with Saudi Pro League side Al Nassr on October 25, 2020. And at 28 he has returned to the Sani Abacha Stadium after agreeing on a short-time contract with the Nigeria Professional Football League outfit. “Super Eagles captain, Ahmed Musa, has sensationally returned to Kano Pillars FC for the remainder of the 2020/21 Nigeria Professional Football League season (NPFL),” a statement from the Kano Pillars website read. “Musa previously played for the Pride...
Former Super Eagles Striker, Barnabas Imenger is Dead
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Former Super Eagles Striker, Barnabas Imenger is Dead

Former Super Eagles striker, Barnabas Imenger is dead. The team manager of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) club, Lobi Stars died on Sunday night, March 21 after battling an undisclosed sickness. Imenger who has reportedly been in and out of hospitals since January 2021 made a name playing for BBL Hawks Makurdi, BCC Lions Gboko, El-Kanemi Warriors of Maiduguri and a number of clubs in Egypt and Saudi Arabia. He is the only former international whose son has played for the Super Eagles. Barnabas Nanen Imenger jnr made his debut for the Super Eagles in 2012 in the international friendly match with Angola in Abuja.
Rohr Must Begin To Focus On Local League – Peter Rufai
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Rohr Must Begin To Focus On Local League – Peter Rufai

Former Nigerian goalkeeper, Peter Rufai has called on the Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr to beef up the team with some crop of home base players with the withdrawal of some of the foreign-based players from the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Benin and Lesotho. Recall that Almeria’s Umar Sadiq, FC Leganes defender, Umar Sadiq, and Nantes winger, Simone Moses have been prevented by their respective clubs to honour the make or mar games due to the Covid-19 travel ban imposed by some countries in Europe. With just a few days to the crucial games against the Squirrels of Benin and Crocodile of Lesotho, Rufai in a chat with Completesports stated that the withdrawal of some of the foreign-based players should signal the need for Rohr to focus more on Nigeria Professional...
NPFL Ranked 77th In Global Ranking And 10th In Africa
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NPFL Ranked 77th In Global Ranking And 10th In Africa

The Nigerian Professional Football League has been ranked the 77th best league in the world for the year 2020, according to the International Federation of Football History and Statistics. The NPFL, which had been ranked 57th in 2019, dropped 20 places in the latest ranking by IFFHS with a point accumulation of 165,5 points. The Nigerian league was also ranked as the 10th best league in Africa by the website, which chronicles the history and records of association football annually. They are behind Egypt (15), Morocco (33), Tunisia (36), South Africa (57), Congo DR (60), Zambia (65), Sudan (69), Tanzania (71) and Algeria (76) in Africa and are only ahead of Kosovo, Angola and Bosnia Herzegovina in the world ranking. The Italian Serie A tops the list, with the English Prem...
NPFL: Rivers Utd Signs Enyimba Players, They Are To Earn 1.2 Million Naira Monthly
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NPFL: Rivers Utd Signs Enyimba Players, They Are To Earn 1.2 Million Naira Monthly

Rivers United have confirmed the signing of Ifeanyi Anaemena and Theophilus Afelokhai from rivals Enyimba International of Aba. The Stanley Eguma side confirmed the signing of the experienced duo on Tuesday following the expiration of their contract with the People’s Elephant. Enyimba showed interest in keeping both players, but the People’s Elephant couldn’t reach agreement over a new deal. Afelokhai who previously played for Kano Pillars is now expected pocket N1.2 million as monthly salary from his deal with Rivers United, while Anaemena is expected to a million naira. The 32 years old Afelokhai who spent five years with the People’s Elephant after joining the Aba side from Kano Pillars in December 2015. Meanwhile, Ifeanyi Anamena who Captained the team arrived from ...
Nigerian government not ‘excited about opening sporting activities’ – Mustapha
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Nigerian government not ‘excited about opening sporting activities’ – Mustapha

The NPFL and other leagues in the country will remain in a hiatus as gatherings of more than 20 people are still prohibited The chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Covid-19 and secretary to the federal government, Boss Mustapha, has revealed football activities in Nigeria will remain shut down. The Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) has been suspended since March following the spread of the coronavirus pandemic to the country. The government only recently eased lockdown in three of the most affected states in the country, Lagos, Abuja and Ogun, and limited social gathering to 20 people.
Coronavirus: NPFL Clubs To Pay N2.5 Million Per Game For Tests
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Coronavirus: NPFL Clubs To Pay N2.5 Million Per Game For Tests

Nigeria Professional Football League clubs will spend a staggering N2.5m for COVID-19 tests per game as they gear up towards finding a way to complete the season. We understands that the tests will be crucial in ensuring the NPFL football season can restart amid concerns over the players’ safety. Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, in an interview with Brila FM, said players and coaches of all NPFL clubs must undergo tests before the league could resume. “There will be no compromise on certain things when it comes to the health code, there will be no compromise,” Dare said. “I can tell you, there will be no audience participation; content will have to be beamed through radio, television and other means. “Tests will be conducted on the players and the coach...
2019/2020 NPFL Season Begins November 3
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2019/2020 NPFL Season Begins November 3

The League Management Company organisers of the Nigeria Professional Football League have now picked Nov. 3 as a new kick-off date for the 2019/2020 NPFL season. The new date is being backed by the conduct of the draw for the competition, held late on Monday in Abuja. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the draw was supervised by the LMC Chairman, Shehu Dikko, and the company’s Chief Operating Officer, Salihu Abubakar. According to the LMC, the league will revert to its original format of the 20 clubsides represented in a single NPFL log. During the course of the season, which will run from November to May, each club will play in a double round-robin system. They will face each other once at their home stadium and once at that of each of their opponents, for 38 games...
Kehinde Adedipe: Rivers United suspend midfielder indefinitely
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Kehinde Adedipe: Rivers United suspend midfielder indefinitely

The club has stated their player has gone AWOL and is yet to resume preseason for the NPFL club Nigeria Professional Football League side, Rivers United have announced an indefinite suspension for one of their midfielders Kehinde Adedipe. In a statement on Tuesday, the club accused Adedipe of failing to report for preseason preparations ahead of the 2019/20 campaign. “Rivers United have placed attacking midfielder Kehinde Adedipe on indefinite suspension,” a part of the statement from the NPFL club read.
NPFL Goes Back To 38-match Format As New Season Begin September 20
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NPFL Goes Back To 38-match Format As New Season Begin September 20

Organisers of NPFL have sent the timetable for the new seasons to the 20 participating clubs. The Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) has gone back to its 38-match format with the 2019/2020 season set to kick off on September 20. After the 2017/2018 season ended abruptly due to chaos in the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), the new 2019 NPFL season featured 28 teams in an abridged format of two conferences/groups. The League Management Company (LMC) who are the organisers of the NPFL have however announced that the league will return to 38-match format with the new season kicking off on September 20. In a circular sent to the 20 clubs, the LMC announced that the league season is expected to run from September 2019 to May 2020 in conformity with the new CAF calendar...
Federation Cup: Niger Tornadoes midfielder Dosso Saib wanted trophy in first season
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Federation Cup: Niger Tornadoes midfielder Dosso Saib wanted trophy in first season

The Ivorian midfielder tells Goal he is devastated about the missed opportunity to land his first title with the Ikon Allah boys Niger Tornadoes midfielder Dosso Saib was pained by the missed chance to win silverware in his first season in Nigeria after his side lost in the Federation Cup final. Dosso joined Tornadoes midway into the 2018/19 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) season, and even though his arrival could not save the Ikon Allah Boys from relegation, he did well enough to help them to a 2019 Federation Cup final berth. Unfortunately, Tornadoes lost 4-3 on penalties to Kano Pillars on Sunday, the second time in three years they have finished as runners-up in the competition.
Emmanuel James: Enyimba confirm deal for Plateau United defender
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Emmanuel James: Enyimba confirm deal for Plateau United defender

The People’s Elephant have announced their fourth summer signing ahead of the new season Enyimba have confirmed they have snapped up right-back Emmanuel James from Plateau United for an undisclosed fee. The reigning Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) champions have been busy in the transfer window with three earlier signings before the deal for James was confirmed on Monday. James was a key player with Plateau United where he helped them win the NPFL title three seasons ago, and Enyimba are confident the defender would be a valuable addition to them as they reinforce for the new season.
Four Clubs Qualify For NPFL After NNL Playoffs
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Four Clubs Qualify For NPFL After NNL Playoffs

The 20 teams to compete in the 2019-20 Nigeria Professional Football League have been decided, following Monday’s playoffs Warri Wolves have returned to the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) three seasons after their demotion from the top-flight. Along with Akwa Starlets, Jigawa Golden Stars and Adamawa United, Wolves secured a berth at the end of the NNL playoffs in four centres on Monday. The Seasiders took the NPFL by the storm in the 2015 season and were very close to winning the league title until they were pipped to it by Enyimba. They gave a good account of themselves in the Caf Champions League the following year but was relegated at the end of the season following financial difficulties. It was during the first stint with Moses Etu as chairman when the...
NPFL Transfers: MFM confirm captain Austin Opara is joining Enyimba
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NPFL Transfers: MFM confirm captain Austin Opara is joining Enyimba

The Olukoya Boys admitted it was tough letting one of their best players leave to join the Caf Champions League campaigners Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) side MFM have announced their erstwhile captain Austin Opara is set to join Enyimba, ahead of the start of the new season. MFM narrowly missed out on playing in the NPFL Championship play-offs last season, but some of their players were simply phenomenal during the abridged season. One of the star performers for coach Fidelis Ilechukwu's side was Opara, who led the Olukoya Boys defence with aplomb.
Nigeria league champions Enyimba set to add new coach to technical crew
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Nigeria league champions Enyimba set to add new coach to technical crew

The People’s Elephant are working towards adding another extra hand to their bench ahead of the new season Eight-time Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) champions, Enyimbaare set to add another coach to their technical bench Goal has reliably gathered. While the choice of personnel is not officially confirmed, reports suggest that former Remo Stars manager Fatai Osho is being considered as an assistant to coach Usman Abd’Allah. A club official told Goal, that Abd’Allah just before the start of the 2018/19 season was promoted from his position as chief coach to technical adviser; meaning whoever comes in will be working under him.
Plateau United dismiss 17 players in massive clear-out ahead of new season
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Plateau United dismiss 17 players in massive clear-out ahead of new season

The club claims those players sent packing did not meet their expectations and they would be replaced for the new campaign Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) side, Plateau United have announced 17 players will be released by the club following their disappointing outing last season. Plateau United, who were the NPFL champions three seasons ago, battled relegation for the better part of the 2018/19 abridged NPFL season; beating the drop on the last day. The Peace Boys were also eliminated in the Round of 16 of the Federation Cup by Calabar Rovers.
NPFL: Kano Pillars fined N8M, banned Rabiu Ali for 12 games
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NPFL: Kano Pillars fined N8M, banned Rabiu Ali for 12 games

The League Management Company (LMC) has banned Kano Pillars skipper Rabiu Ali for 12 games after he attacked the referee following his team’s 1-1 draw with Enugu Rangers in the NPFL Championship Playoffs at Agege Stadium. The 32-year-old attacker midfielder opens the score from the stunning free-kick but the Flying Antelope were awarded a controversial penalty in the dying moments of the contest and Godwin Aguda put it away. Kano Pillars captain Ali openly confronted the referee even after his teammates tried to discourage Nigeria international before irate fans of the northern base side invaded the Soccer Temple pitch. His club defended his action, arguing that he has been a disciplined player in his long and illustrious career. Pillars have also been fined eight million N...
Reuben Bala delighted to have another shot at the NPFL title with Enyimba
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Reuben Bala delighted to have another shot at the NPFL title with Enyimba

The People’s Elephant midfielder is hopeful for another league title triumph, two seasons after winning it with Plateau United Enyimba’s Reuben Bala has revealed that it would be personal fulfillment if he is able to win the Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL) title with the People’s Elephant, after helping his previous club, Plateau United, achieve the same feat two seasons ago. Bala struck twice to help the People’s Elephant thump FC Ifeanyi Ubah 3-1 in the NPFL Championship playoffs on Monday. Aware that a win against Akwa United will hand them the  title irrespective of other results, the midfielder said he is delighted at the prospect of winning his second title in three seasons.
Enyimba coach Usman Abd’Allah: We still have a good chance of making an impact
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Enyimba coach Usman Abd’Allah: We still have a good chance of making an impact

The People's Elephant gaffer remains bullish about his team's chances in the NPFL Super six despite going down against Kano Pillars on Friday Enyimba coach Usman Abd'Allah is not lowering his target at the ongoing NigeriaProfessional Football League (NPFL) Super Six despite watching his team slump to a 2-0 defeat on Friday against Kano Pillars. The People's Elephant got a victory in their opening game against Enugu Rangers but they failed to build on that result when they came up against Pillars at the Agege Stadium, Lagos. Enyimba were largely punished for their profligacy and the coach of the team admitted that they have themselves to blame for the 2-0 loss to Sai Masu Gida.
Yobe Desert Stars Relegated as they Lose to Nasarawa United 1-2
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Yobe Desert Stars Relegated as they Lose to Nasarawa United 1-2

Yobe Desert Stars have bade farewell to the Nigerian Professional Football League following a home loss to Nasarawa United in the last match of the season held this evening in Damaturu. Nasarawa United’s forward, Ibrahim Sunusi converted a penalty at exactly 12 minutes of the first half following a foul committed by Desert’s defender at the eighteen-yard box. Again at 40 minutes, Sunusi’s perfect strike saw the visiting team leading by two goals to nothing. However, Desert’s striker, Adamu Ali changed the scoreline to 1-2 with an astonishing header few minutes to end of the first 45 minutes of the regulation time. The match ended in favour of Nasarawa United, who were desperately looking for three points in order leave the relegation zone. I...
Jubilation as Sunshine Stars beat MFM 4-2 to Escape Relegation
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Jubilation as Sunshine Stars beat MFM 4-2 to Escape Relegation

The Akure township stadium was on Sunday electrified with jubilant spectators following the victory of Sunshine Stars over visiting MFM Football Club as well as the club’s escape from relegation. Sunshine Stars, who humbled their visitor 4-2, were before the match in the relegation zone as they were 9th on the league table with 26 points, while MFM were 4th with 32 points. The final match day 22 victory meant the Owena Whales will escape the drop from the 2018/2019 Nigeria Professional Football League, NPFL, to the Nigeria National League, NNL. Dayo Ojo gave Sunshine stars the lead from the spot at the 19th minute in the tension-soaked match after the refree, Imam Malik, whistled against MFM’s defender, Zikiye Jonathan, for hand-ball offence in the visitors...
Clubs Battle Play-off spots, Relegation in Final Match day
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Clubs Battle Play-off spots, Relegation in Final Match day

The abridged version of the Nigeria Professional Football League, NPFL, will on Sunday come to an end. As it stands on the NPFL 2018/2019 league table, the last match day would either impact on the playoff aspirations or survival of all the teams in action. The final round of matches which will be action packed, as it will feature teams across 12 designated stadia in the country as they slug it out to make the Super Six play-off spots as well as others that will be engaging in survival battle to avoid relegation. With 17 teams still at risk of dropping down to the Nigeria National League, NNL, if they fail to get the desired results, the trio of Akwa United, Kano Pillars and seven-time champions Rangers have secured their places in the Super Six as they await others whose fate...
NNLO Reacts as Nigerian Coach Dies
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NNLO Reacts as Nigerian Coach Dies

The Management of the Nigeria Nationwide League One (NLO), on Tuesday, decried the sudden demise of Lobi Stars Head Coach, Solomon Ogbeide. It will be recalled that Ogbeide died on Monday morning after he slumped and was rushed to a nearby hospital. He was declared dead on arrival by a doctor on duty. A director in NNLO Management Board, Ebere Amaraizu, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the news of Ogbeide’s demise came to the management as ‘a great shock.’ Amaraizu said that Ogbeide had been one of the coaches that had raised the standard of Nigerian football league in recent years. ‘‘It is quite unfortunate he left us at a time his experience and sound tactical knowledge of football matches are needed the most. ‘‘For some years now, he had been exceptional ...
Enugu Rangers’ Felix Ogbuke dedicates winning goal to his late sister
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Enugu Rangers’ Felix Ogbuke dedicates winning goal to his late sister

The former Super Eagles winger scored a crucial goal for the Flying Antelopes in their slim win over Kwara United Enugu Rangers forward Felix Ogbuke has dedicated his winning goal in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) Matchday 18 tie against Kwara United to his late sister who died recently. A well-struck indirect free kick in the 79th minute by Ogbuke, who came on as a substitute for Chiamaka Madu five minutes earlier, secured all three points for the Flying Antelopes in the midweek league tie. The bereaved striker was making his debut appearance in the NPFL for the seven-time Nigeria league champions.
Enyimba coach Usman Abd’Allah: We were catastrophic earlier in the season
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Enyimba coach Usman Abd’Allah: We were catastrophic earlier in the season

The People’s Elephant coach acknowledges that his team were second best in the midweek NPFL match in Port Harcourt Enyimba coach Usman Abd’Allah has bemoaned the under par display by his team in Wednesday’s Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) Matchday 18 fixture away to Rivers United at the Yakubu Gowon Stadium in Port Harcourt. The People’s Elephant were condemned to their first defeat in three months as a solitary strike from Ossy Martins gave Rivers United a slim 1-0 win. Reflecting on the loss to the Pride of Rivers, Abd’Allah posited that Enyimba put up their worst display in recent times against coach Stanley Eguma’s men.
Sunshine Stars Fall to Rangers in Akure
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Sunshine Stars Fall to Rangers in Akure

Sunshine Stars Football Club on Sunday lost their home match to Rangers International at the Akure Township Stadium. The Nigeria Professional Football League, NPFL, week 15 encounter saw the Owena Whales loosing 1-2 to their rivals from Enugu who are currently sitting atop of the league table with 27 points. Sunshine Stars, who are sixth on the table, started the game smoothly before their efforts were thwarted in the 27th minutes as Seka Pascal of Rangers put the visiting team in the lead by scoring the first goal. Not long had the visitors jubilated that Sunshine Stars swiftly responded with a tactical finish from Anthony Omaka in the 29th minute. The equalizer later boosted the morale of the home team as they tried to secure the maximum three points, but this was not to ...
Rohr Told to Drop Uzoho
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Rohr Told to Drop Uzoho

Former Super Eagles fullback, Mobi Oparaku, has said Nigeria’s chances of winning the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations are low, because the team does not have a good goalkeeper. Oparaku, who is team manager of Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) side Heartland FC, stated this while speaking to journalists after their 0-0 draw against Plateau United. “You can’t win the AFCON with that goalkeeper (Uzoho). It’s impossible to be honest and this am saying despite the fact that Uzoho originated from the state where I control most of the youth teams. He is not fit enough to be first choice. “Ezenwa is a bit better and his record for the team is decent but he isn’t someone you can rely on. Akpeyi is someone I knew right from his days at Nasarawa United. “He’s a goalkeeper who fee...
Musa Wants to Win NPFL 2019 Season with Kano Pillars
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Musa Wants to Win NPFL 2019 Season with Kano Pillars

Kano Pillars Head Coach, Ibrahim Musa has said that he accepted to rejoin the club to prove his critics wrong. Musa was sacked immediately after the 2018 Aiteo Cup defeat to Rangers International during which Pillars surrendered a three-goals lead to eventually lose in the penalty shootout. Musa who later rejoined the team on Match Day 4 of this season insisted that he decided to return to the club to win the league and prove his critics wrong. “I want to prove my critics wrong this season by winning the league with Kano Pillars. We are on the right track by God’s grace, we want to be part of the three teams to make it to the continent this season and as well the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) ‘Super Six’ in our group”, Musa declared “I am focusing on winning...
LMC Fines Katsina Utd N1m for Not Allowing Rangers, Four Others to Train
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LMC Fines Katsina Utd N1m for Not Allowing Rangers, Four Others to Train

The League Management Company (LMC) has fined Katsina United N1million and a possible banishment from the Muhammadu Dikko Stadium for severally not allowing visiting teams access to train on their registered home ground for matches as provided by the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) Framework and Rules. LMC announced the penalties Wednesday after reviewing the complaints by three other clubs and a similar complaint by Rangers International that they were prevented from gaining access to the Mohammed Dikko Stadium on Tuesday for a rescheduled fixture. Following a charge of misconduct in breach of Rule C1 of the Rules, the LMC exercised its summary jurisdiction to impose the fine on Katsina United. LMC’s Chief Operating Officer, Salihu Abubakar, in a letter conveyin...

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