Dolphins Renamed Rivers United

Rivers UnitedThe Nigeria Professional Football League side, Dolphins FC, has been renamed Rivers United by the Rivers State Government.

The League Management Company (LMC) confirmed that the name change was agreed on Thursday following a “formal request by the government of Rivers State.”

The Chairman of the LMC, Shehu Dikko, explained that the name change was granted since it was not offensive or prejudicial to national unity and is also agreeable with community identity, supporters and follower-ship.

Rivers United will start the new Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) season at home against Enyimba on Sunday.

Rivers Police Rescue Kidnapped GM Of Dolphins FC

Dolphins The General Manager of Dolphins FC, Joe Johnson, who was abducted on Sunday, October 11 by gunmen in Port Harcourt the Rivers State capital, has been rescued by men of the Anti-Kidnapping Squad of the Rivers State Police Command.

Joe Johnson told Channels Television that he was ambushed on his way to the airport to honour a scheduled match against Giwa FC by his assailants.

According to him, while members of his family were negotiating ransom in the range of 15million naira, he was confident that he was going to get out alive.

His optimism paid off when men of the Rivers State Police Command stormed the uncompleted building where he had been held hostage on Thursday evening.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, DSP Ahmad Mohammad, said that the rescue operation was part of the command’s onslaught against kidnapping in the state.

NFF Sets Up Committee To Resolve Mba’s Ownership Saga

Despite the directive by the Nigeria Premier League on the tussle over the ownership of Afcon 2013 superstar midfielder, Sunday Mba, Nigeria’s football regulatory body, the Nigeria Football Federation, has ordered that a committee be set up to liaise with the Interim Management Committee of the Nigeria Premier League (NPL) on the ownership tussle.

This comes as another club has joined Warri Wolves and Enugu Rangers in laying claims to Sunday Mba. According to AllAfrica.com, Dolphins FC of Port Harcourt have claimed that Sunday Mba is their player.

The Nigeria Premier League (NPL) had ordered that the Super Eagles duo of Sunday Mba and goalkeeper Chigozie Agbim belong to Warri Wolves and the football body wrote a letter to that effect, which was signed by the Executive Secretary of the NPL, Tunji Babalola, and circulated to media houses by the management of Warri Wolves, where it was stated clearly that the players belong to Wolves and not Rangers.

Now, Dolphin FC claim they loaned the player to Warri Wolves while Enugu Rangers management are also insisting that Dolphins improperly loaned Mba to Warri Wolves.

Babalola, on behalf of the NPL in a letter dated February 13, 2013, addressed to Warri Wolves and copied to the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) General Secretary and Rangers International FC, it said: “We are in receipt of your correspondence on the above subject. From our records, it is established that Chigozie Agbim and Sunday Mba are bonafide players of Warri Wolves FC.

“Consequently, the ownership of the players is not subject to controversy and any club that requires their services should contact the management of Warri Wolves for negotiation,” the letter stated.

But explaining his own side of the story, Mba claimed that he had been contracted to Enugu Rangers by Warri Wolves, a statement the management of Warri Wolves frowned at.

Dolphins crash as Sunshine Stars progress in Caf Champs league

With the exit of Dolphins of Port Harcourt, Nigeria will only have one representative in the next round of the Caf Champions League. Dolphins lost 1-0 to Coton Sport of Garoua in the second leg on Sunday evening. The contest ended 2-2 on aggregate but Dolphins were edged out having conceded the away goal during their first leg 2-1 home victory.

The Cameroonian side had said after the game in Port Harcourt that they needed only one goal to move into the next stage of the competition.

In spite of the lack of adequate preparation due to the players’ insistence that they get paid their allowances, they struggled to win 2-1 in Port-Harcourt.

They would have to wait for next season to see whether they will still play in the Caf Champions League.

There was happier news as Sunshine Stars braved all odds to beat Recreativo Libolo of Angola 3-0 to qualify to the next stage of the competition in Ijebu Ode.

Sunshine Stars lost the first leg 4-1 but got three goals in the return leg to end the contest 4-4 on aggregate. They, therefore, sailed through courtesy of the away goal they scored in Angola.

Izu Azuka scored the first goal in the 20th minute of the match. Captain Godfrey Oboabuna added the second in the 34th minute while Dele Olorundare completed the thrashing in the 76th minute.

It is Sunshine Stars’ first participation in the top tier Champions League.

 

Dolphins to meet Angolan team in CAF champions’ league

Dolphins FC have set up a first round clash with Recreativo de Libolo from Angola later this month after a three nil win against Sony ela Nguema of Equatorial Guinea in the ongoing CAF champions league .

The Nigeria Premier League Champions, who won the first leg a fortnight ago by same margin in Malabo, thus secured a 6-nil aggregate victory over the club from the oil-rich island of Equatorial Guinea.

Goals from the Port Harcourt based club came from Isiaka Olawale after just two minutes and Ifeanyi Egwim on 34 minutes, while Ghanaian striker Addae Owusu made it 3-nil in the 67th minute.

Recreativo de Libolo eliminated South African champions Orlando Pirates 4-2 on aggregate after they drew the reverse clash 1-1 in Angola, having won the first game 3-1 in Johannesburg.