African Football Legends Honour Ambode In Testimonial Match


African and Nigerian football legends lit up the Agege Stadium during a testimonial match in honour of the Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode as he ends his tenure in office.

A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Habib Haruna, on Saturday, described the game, which was watched by a full capacity crowd at the stadium as thrilling.

The game had the biggest Nigerian stars coached by Olympic gold medal-winning coach, Bonfere Joe.

The Nigerian legend team had; Jay Jay Okocha, Nwankwo Kanu, Samson Siasia, Daniel Amokachi, Augustine Eguavoen, Mutiu Adepoju,  Emmanuel Amunike, Taribo West, Uche Okechukwu, Garba Lawal,  Peter Rufai and Ike Shorunmu.

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Others include Finidi George, Victor Ikpeba, Obafemi Martins, Tijani Babangida, Julius Aghahowa and Sam Sodje, while Deputy Governor of Edo State, Philip Shuaibu and Ayo Makun, popularly known as AY, featured in the game.

Meanwhile, The African legend team, coached by former U-17 Golden Eaglets coach, Fanny Amun had the likes of El Hadji Diouf, Diomansy Kamara, Titi Kamara, Christian Karembeu, Stephen Appiah, Didier Zokora, Lomana Lua Lua, Khalilou Fadiga and Seydou Keita.

The game opened with a guard of honour for Governor Ambode by both teams, as he made way to perform the official kick-off for the match.

Kanu Nwankwo opened the scoring in the first half before Titi Kamara equalised for the African legends within a space of two minutes. A fowl in the penalty box by Taribo West on El-Hadji Diouf was converted by Titi Kamara which put the African stars 3-1 at half time.

In the second half, goals from either side ended the game in a thrilling 4-4 draw.

The Governor was also inducted into the Hall of Fame by the Nigeria Supporters Club (NSC) for his unwavering support towards sports development and especially football in Nigeria.

The event was also spiced up by music performances by top Nigerian artistes, including Two Baba, Small Doctor, among others.

Sikiru Olatunbosun Bags ‘CNN Goal of the Week’ Prize

Sikiru Olatunbosun Bags CNN Football Goal of the WeekMFM FC Striker, Sikiru Olatunbosun, has won the CNN Football Goal of the Week award.

Olatunbosun defeated Radja Nainggolan of Roma, Youri Tielemans of Anderlecht and Joey Jones of Woking FC to clinch the honour.

The Nigerian was the overwhelming winner with 82% of the total votes.

This is the first time that a Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) player will be nominated for, and win the weekly CNN football prize.

Olatunbosun was nominated for his long-range screamer against Rangers on January 24 at the Agege Stadium in Lagos.

MFM Beat Enugu Rangers 2-1 In NPFL Clash

MFM, Enugu Rangers, NPFLMFM FC on Friday defeated champions Enugu Rangers 2-1 in a matchday 10 tie of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL).

During the match played at the Agege Stadium in Lagos, Sikiru Olatunbosun fired a screamer to put the Lagos club ahead in the 32nd minute.

Stephen Odey increased the goal tally in the 56th minute, just as Bobby Clement pulled one back for the Flying Antelopes 10 minutes to full time.

MFM have moved to the second spot with 16 points while Rangers are 16th with nine points on the league table.

NPFL: Ikorodu United Coach Praises Players For Victory Over Heartland

Ikorodu United-Heartland-NPFLCoach of Ikorodu United, Sam Okpodu, has described his team’s 3-1 victory over Heartland FC in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) as a reward for the hard work of his players.

Ikorodu United sits at the bottom of the league table and winless in their previous 11 games before the match against Heartland but bounced back from a goal down to stun their opponents from Owerri at the Agege Stadium in a Match Day 14 clash of the NPFL.

Okpodu believes it is a good motivation for the team: “These boys can play when the conditions are right and I am delighted that they rose to the occasion today.

“These boys will take the league by storm (and) all we need is to get our confidence right and people will see what we can do.

“The fans were just fantastic and we appreciate the support given to us today,” he added.

The Lagos based team were pegged back by the Naze Millionaires for most part of the first half.

Heartland’s possession was useful in the 10th minute when Anthony Oussou scored through a header after a flowing move.

The Ikorodu boys were struggling to stop the flowing play of the visitors.

What would have been Heartland’s second goal was wasted by Bright Ejike, whose header went over the bar.

An indication of what was to come came with five minutes to go in the first half when Moses Ebiye flashed a shot from outside the box with Heartland goalkeeper, Philip Acho struggling to save.

The game sparked into life in added time of the first half when Ikorodu United striker, Merenini Junior’s goal ensured that both side went into the break tied at 1-1.

A more confident Ikorodu United team made sure that Heartland’s attack on their goal was reduced to long range efforts as Ebiye put the home team ahead against the run of play in the 66th minute.

Any hope of a fightback by the Naze Millionaires ended when Zoumana Doumbia received a red card for his foul on Ebiye in the box while Ojukwu Ifegwu stepped up to score with seven minutes to the end of the game.

Ikorodu United has gathered just nine points from 14 games and up next for them in the league is an away game against Kano Pillars.

Channels National Kids Cup To Lay Foundation For Fight Against Football Age Cheats


Organisers of the Channels National Kids Cup say they are using this year’s edition to lay the necessary foundation that would assist in the fight against football age cheats at all levels.

The annual tournament is organised for primary school pupils under the age of 13 with the aim of promoting grassroots football development and talent discovery.

Speaking at the official press conference to announce the start of the competition, Chairman of the Main Organising Committee, Mr. Steve Judo confirmed the commitment of Channels Television in supporting school sports and football at the grassroots.

According to Mr. Judo, “Our task is to make it possible. Our mission is to provide practical step by step assistance, participating in grassroots sport like football keeps students focused on school work and being part of a team”.

“The tournament became a national affair in 2013 owing to the numerous appeals from governments and people from different states to allow their kids take part, thus “The Channels National Kids Cup””, the MOC Chairman stated.

Commissioner of Sports in Lagos State, Wahid Enitan Oshodi, who was present at the press conference, was full of praise for Channels Television, a TV station he described as one with a difference.

Oshodi said: “We must applaud Channels Television for the support they have been giving to grassroots football yearly. Mr. John Momoh is aware that the governor, Babatunde Fashola has special interest in this tournament and will keep supporting it”.

The sports commissioner explained that the competition would provide kids “a rare opportunity to become great stars like the ones they see on TV”, emphasising that primary schools are the best places to start the talent hunt.

The Chairman, Lagos State Football Association, Barrister Seyi Akinwunmi, while speaking on the need to eradicate age cheats in Nigerian football, reminded the players and officials not to operate with the win at all cost mentality.

“Not all these children will grow up to be footballers, but the benefit they will get from participating in this tournament is unquantifiable. They may never have any other friends from Kwara State than the ones they’ll meet at the tournament,” Akinwunmi said.

The 6th edition of the Channels National Kids Cup will kick off on Wednesday May 22 at Agege Stadium and the final game will be played on May 27 (Children’s day) at Teslim Balogun Stadium Surulere.

Participating Primary Schools

Kaduna State – Research Model Primary School, Kawo, Kaduna

Jigawa State – Jahun Central Primary School, Jigawa

Delta State – Nana Primary School, Mabiaka Road, Off Esisi Road

Rivers State – Banham Primary School, Aggrey Road, Port Harcourt

Abia State – School Road Primary School, Umuahia

Ebonyi State – 12 Apostles Nursery & Primary School

Kwara State – Bishop Smith Local Government Primary School

Ondo State – St. Anthony’s RCM Primary School, Araromi, Akure

Ekiti State – Irepodun Nursery & Primary School, Ikole-Ekiti

Oyo State – Ibadan Municipal Government (IMG) Primary School 1, Agugu, Ibadan

Ogun State – Samuel Ajayi Memorial Primary School, Abeokuta

Osun State – First Baptist Elementary Primary School, Iwo

Lagos State 1 – Ebute Metta Primary School, Ebute Metta

Lagos State 2 – Toyibat Nursery & Primary School, Gbagada

Lagos State 3 – Ago-Egba African Church Primary School, Ebute-Metta

Lagos State 4 – Dr. Teslim Elias Nursery & Primary School, Lagos Island