Lower League To Kick Off New Football Season On January 30

The Nigeria National League (formerly National Division 1) is the second tier of club football in Nigeria.
The Nigeria National League (formerly National Division 1) is the second tier of club football in Nigeria.

 

Officials of the Nigeria National League have announced Saturday, 30th January as the kick-off date for the 2020/2021 football season.

The NNL, Nigeria’s second-tier league which provides a platform for teams to gain promotion into the top tier league has been on hold since December due to administrative, financial, and recently Covid-19 challenges.

The decision to commence the league was reached at the Annual General Meeting which held in the Ebonyi State capital, Abakaliki on Friday.

Chairman of the NNL and Member of the Executive Committee of the Nigeria Football Federation, Senator Obinna Joseph Ogba and his board presided over proceedings where the draws for the groupings and fixtures were made in the presence of representatives of the 46 teams involved.

The teams are placed into four groups. Group A1 has 11 teams, A2 has 10 teams, B1 with 12 teams while B2 has 13 teams.

Some selected opening day fixtures in group A1 include; Sokoto United vs Aklosendi FC, Oyah Sports vs Green Berets FC, EFCC vs FC Taraba while NAF FC will take on Mighty Jets.

In group B1, Go Round will tackle Akajobi FC, Shooting Stars of Ibadan will play Calabar Rovers while Stationery Stores of Lagos will battle Giant Brillars FC.

In group B2, Bendel Insurance received a bye for the opening round fixture but J. Atete will lock horns with Abia Comets FC, Remo Stars will go against Godosky FC while Apex Krane will host Bayelsa United FC to begin their campaign.

GROUPINGS

Northern Conference (A1): El-Kanemi Warriors, EFCC FC, NAF FC, Oyah Sports FC, Rarara FC, Sokoto United FC, Aklosendi FC, Gombe United FC, Green Berets FC, Mighty Jets FC, FC Taraba

Northern Conference (A2): Niger Tornadoes FC, Road Safety FC, DMD FC, Malumfashi FC, Kebbi United FC, Yobe Desert Stars, Zamfara United FC, Kogi United FC, ABS FC, Real Stars FC

Southern Conference (B1): Go Round FC, Stores FC, 3SC, Dynamite FC, Delta Force FC, Nilayo FC, Nnewi United FC, Vandrezzer FC, Ekiti United FC, rovers FC, Giant Brillars FC, Akajobi FC

Southern Conference (B2): Bendel Insurance, Joy Cometh FC, Crown FC, J. Atete FC, Apex Krane FC, Remo Stars FC, Ibom Youth FC, FC One Rocket, Godosky FC, Bayelsa United FC, Abia Comets FC, Jossy FC, Gateway FC

Channels Kids Cup Recognised At  Nigeria Pitch Awards

 

The Channels International Kids Cup has received a special recognition award for football development for the fifth year in a row at the Nigeria Pitch Awards.

At the 7th edition of the longest football awards ceremony in Nigeria, the organisers, MatchMakers Consult commended the station for staying committed to the objective of developing and nurturing talents at the grassroots.

Channels TV’s sports correspondent, Austin Okon-Akpan won the Football Journalist of the Year award to make it a record 4th time he will be clinching the award.

Johnny Edwards of The Punch won the Football Journalist of the Year – Print category, Olawale Adigun of Top Radio FM emerged winner of the Radio category while Goal.com Samuel Ahmadu won the online category.

Super Eagles and Leicester City FC midfield sensation, Wilfred Ndidi and Super Falcons and FC Barcelona Femeni forward, Asisat Oshoala emerged the King and the Queen of the Pitch for the year 2019.

Daniel Akpeyi of Kaizer Chiefs and Watford defender, William Troost-Ekong emerged Goalkeeper and Defender of the Year in their different categories. Wilfred Ndidi confirmed his position as the Super Eagles’ midfield maestro by dusting off competition from Joe Aribo of Rangers FC and Oghenekaro Etebo of Stoke City FC to retain the Midfielder of the Year award.

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In the Striker of the Year Category, Super Eagles and Napoli FC striker, Victor Osimhen starved off competition from Odion Ighalo of Manchester United and Samuel Chukwueze of Villarreal FC. Barrister Seyi Akinwunmi, NFF First Vice President won the Sam Okwaraji Award for Commitment to Nigeria Football; Gernot Rohr emerged 2019 Coach of the Year; Enyimba International emerged Team of the Year and AITEO Group carted home the coveted Corporate Sponsor of Football Award for 2019.

The maiden Sportsmanship Award was presented to the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar Adamu for his use of sports in the fight against crime and his sportsman’s attributes in the discharge of his duties as Nigeria’s Police Chief.

Delta State Governor, His Excellency Ifeanyi Okowa won the Football Friendly Governor for the second year while Lagos State emerged winner of the State with the Best Grassroots Football Development Programme.

Highlights include the appearance of two top Nollywood celebrities Chioma Omeruwa popularly known as Chigul and Segun Arinze.

The organizers noted that the 7th Award Ceremony initially scheduled to hold in March 2020 was put off in line with the guidelines of the COVID-19 Protocol as outlined by the Presidential Task Force set up by the Federal Government.

Voting on the platform of the Nigeria Pitch Awards is done by over 100 sports editors and journalists across the 36 states of the country. Votes cast are collated and audited by a professional accounting body.

Channels National Kids Cup Final, A Derby Of Lagos Schools

Channels-kids-cup2The final match of the Channels National Kids Cup between Toyibat Nursary and Primary School Gbagada and Ebute Meta, both Lagos schools, holds on Tuesday at the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos State.

The final game is holding, as children around Nigeria celebrate the Children’s Day.

The championship that kicked-off on Thursday started with 16 teams playing in the group stage.

A member of the organising committee, Austin Okon-Akpan, described the final match as a cracker and a match to watch.

He described Toyibat School Gbagada as the ‘comeback king’ of the competition, as they have come from behind several times to beat their opponent.

“Yesterday they were 2-0 down to Ibadan Municipal Government School (IMG) Oyo, but they came back to win that match.

“The other team from Ebute Meta defeated another strong team in the tournament, Teslim Elias, 2-1 to qualify for the final.

“These Lagos guys are ready to put aside territorial love and play football to determine who will become the ultimate champion. It is going to be a cracker,” he said.

A trait that the Channels National Kids Cup competition will leave the kids with is the necessity of team work and team spirit as they go about their daily living, Okon-Akpan said.

The third place match between IMG Oyo and Dr Teslim Elias will hold by 11:00am while Channels Television’s staff team and the Lagos Football Association will lock horns in a novelty match.

The game is sponsored by Channels Television in collaboration with the Lagos FA, Delta State government and Golden Penny, a pasta company.

 

Channels National Kids Cup: We Are Out To Catch Them Young- Okon-Akpan

Head, Sports Desk of Channels Television, Austin Okon-Akpan, today (Tuesday) announced the commencement date of the Channels National Kids Cup as May 24-27.

Speaking during the Station’s breakfast show, Sunrise Daily, Mr Okon-Akpan stated that teams to participate in the National tourney include states from “Jigawa, Sokoto, Kaduna, Oyo, Ogun, Ekiti, Ogun, Ondo, Abia, Rivers, Ebonyi and Kwara” adding that “we are ready to start catching them young”.

Mr Okon-Akpan, who noted that four teams will be representing vlcsnap-2014-05-20-10h00m16s216Lagos State, added that the excitement that has greeted the competition will make it absolutely interesting.

He singled out Ishiaka Adedeji from Ebute-Metta Primary School, whom he tipped to be one among many star players to be watched during the competition.

He urged the relevant football authorities in the country to “monitor and support these group of players” insisting that “the next Cristiano Ronaldo will emerge from the group”.

He commended the efforts of School Road, Aba in Abia State for producing some Super Eagles players and wondered how the players from Lagos and other States will handle the protégés of footballing heroes past.

He however sent the message of the Lagos representatives, who just concluded their preliminaries, to those coming from around the country, including School Road, Aba.

He said “the Lagos guys said don’t care if they are coming from any school, they are ready and will fight till the end”.

He likened the talents of Yusuf Ajayi to world goalkeeping legends, George Campos of Mexico and Jose Luis Chilavert of Paraguay, who were famous for their specialty in dead ball situations and acrobatic goalkeeping style.

Mr Okon-Akpan promised Nigerians that the competition will be no less as interesting as the national and international competitions that take place in Nigeria, Africa and the entire world and maintained that “for us at Channels Television, the objective is simple, we want to be able to catch them at this level. Not necessarily take them to one club or academy”.

“The fact that you take them out of their classrooms and give them the opportunity to show that they can play football; they have talents in them, I think it is admirable” he said.

He however berated the unfortunate incident of age cheats during the preliminary stage of the competition and warned that all hands will be on deck to check other schools coming from the states mentioned above and ensure that the scourge is reduced to its barest minimum during the competition.

Schools To Represent Lagos At Channels National Kids Cup Emerge

channels 2It was indeed a festival of goals at the Lagos preliminaries of the Channels National Kids Cup, 2014.

A total of 92 goals were recorded as Toyibat Nursery & Primary School, Ebute Metta Primary School, Ago-Egba African Church Primary School and Dr. Teslim Elias Primary School qualified to represent Lagos at the national finals.

The first game was between Ebute Metta Primary School taking on Eunifrance Primary School, Ikorodu.

Bidemi Ogunlade scored the first goal for Ebute Metta with a fine finish; it was indeed an intense game that had goalkeeper Yusuf Ajayi almost scoring from a set piece to motivate his teammates, as Ebute Metta went into break with a 1-0 lead.

Eunifrance coach, Glory Egeonu’s half-time talk wasn’t impactful as Ebute Metta went on to score goal number two, three and four. The team from Ikorodu played good football at the preliminaries but had to bow out after losing 4-0.

The match between Toyibat Nursery & Primary School Gbagada and Goodness & Mercy Primary School, Ikorodu was a cracker. The goalkeepers entertained spectators with good saves, the ball struck the goal post severally and just when Toyibat blinked, Ubani Wisdom scored for his school.

It didn’t end there, Toyibat kept on pressing and their efforts paid off when they were awarded a penalty which captain of the side James Dumeyi stepped up to it and scored.

Ikechukwu Okechukwu had a chance to seal from the spot for Goodness and Mercy but failed to take it. Moments later, his team was punished when right full back Chinedu Precious scored the winner for Toyibat.

Game number three was between Pampers Private School, Surulere and Dr. Teslim Elias, Isale Eko. The team with the best supporters club was not pampered; they were beaten 6-0.

Isiaka Adedeji scored a hat trick; Kosoko Dolapo scored a brace with Adeyanju Peter also registering his name on the score sheet.

Pampers promised to return a better team next year.

Channels Kids Cup: Four Schools Through To Last Eight On Day 2

Only one game was played on day 2 of the Channels National Kids Cup, Lagos Preliminaries at the Onikan Stadium.

Ebuta – Metta primary school beat Ijora primary school 4-0 to qualify for the quarter – finals, as other teams had their games postponed due to rainfall.

While Goodness and Mercy primary school, Toyibat primary school and Christ Assembly primary school are through to the last eight of Channels National Kids Cup, preliminaries.

The early morning rain did not stop the kids from showcasing some exciting football at the Campos Square in Lagos.