Akwa Utd, Starlets Qualify For Federation Cup

akwa unitedNigeria Professional Football League side, Akwa United FC and Nigeria National League outfit, Akwa Starlets will represent Akwa Ibom State in this year’s Federation Cup after winning their semi-final matches on Friday.

In the first semifinal match played at the training pitch of the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium in Uyo, Akwa United needed a penalty shootout to beat Nationwide league side Ibom Youth FC 3-1 after playing 1-1 in regulation time.

Akwa United’s top scorer Alhassan Ibrahim came off the bench to put the Promise Keepers ahead when he tapped in Christian Pyagbara’s beautiful cross into the net in the 73rd minute.

Ibom Youth FC leveled the scores in the 84th minute through Kuyak Ime to force the game into penalty shootout.

Ifeanyi Ifeanyi, Aremu Afeez and Christian Pyagbara all scored, while Amaechi Orji missed his spot kick.

Goalkeeper Emmanuel Iwu saved Ibom Youth’s firs spot kick, before the Nationwide league side went on to miss two more kicks and get knocked out 3-1 by the 2015 Federation Cup Champions.

Speaking after the match, Coach Abdul Maikaba said he was excited to see his team qualify for the Federation Cup and maintained that he is fully focused in winning his first trophy for Akwa United.

“I am very happy with the outcome of the match. There are no more small teams in football, especially in knockout games like the FA Cup. Ibom Youth gave their best but we are excited that we won”.

” We score first, they equalised, it was a match that could have gone either way. The lottery of penalty shootout is no respecter of any team”.

“Now our target is to win the state’s FA Cup and also set our sight on winning it at the national level” said Maikaba.

In the second semifinal, Oliver Udoh scored the only goal of the match in the second half to help Akwa Starlets beat Non-league side Hills FC 1-0 at the Uyo township stadium to progressed to final.

Seven time champions Akwa United will engage two time champions Akwa Starlets in what will be a repeat of last year’s final on Sunday May 7th 2017.

Dobrev Happy With FC Ifeanyi Ubah’s Federation Cup Victory

Mitko Dobrev, Ifeanyi Ubah FCFC Ifeanyi Ubah’s Coach, Mitko Dobrev, has lauded his team for emerging champions of the 2016 Federation Cup.

Dobrev believes his side deserves the victory after edging out Nasarawa United in a penalty shootout in the final of Nigeria’s oldest club competition.

FC Ifeanyi Ubah impressively converted all their kicks, while their goalkeeper Uche Okafor saved one from Nasarawa United on Sunday at the Teslim Balogun stadium in Lagos.

The winners would represent Nigeria in the 2017 CAF Confederation Cup.

On the flip side, Nasarawa United striker, Shammah Tanze, admits his teammates failed in their conquest to pick a continental ticket.

He admitted that the northern Nigerian club’s failure to utilise their goal-scoring opportunities during regulation time was the reason for the loss.

Tanze told Channels Television that the team would have to focus on finishing top in the coming season.

Federation Cup Final To Be Played On November 6

federation cupFederation CupThe Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) have confirmed that this year’s men and women Federation Cup final, will be played at the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos, on November 6, 2016.

Rivers Angels and Bayelsa Queens will lock horns in the women’s finals which kicks off by 1pm.

While the much-anticipated final between Ifeanyi Ubah Football Club and Nasarawa United will also take place at same venue with the match expected to start at 3.30pm.

Lagos state has hosted the last five finals of the Federation Cup.

Nasarawa United shocked defending champions Enyimba to make it into their dream final, while FC Ifeanyi Ubah defeated giant killers Crown FC 2-1 in Kaduna.

Winners in the Federation Cup get to represent Nigeria in Africa’s second tier club competition, the CAF Confederation Cup.

Amapakabo Wants Rangers To Hold On To Celebration

Federation Cup, enugu rangers, Rangers, Imama Amapakabo, NPFLEnugu Rangers head coach, Imama Amapakabo, wants his team to hold to their celebrations despite being just a point away from becoming champions in the 2015/2016 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) season.

The Flying Antelopes recorded an impressive 2-1 win over relegated, Ikorodu United on Sunday in Abeokuta to boost the chances of winning their seventh top-flight title.

Amapakabo told Channels Television that although the side are close to winning the title they still have to win the last day match against El Kanemi Warriors to be properly crowned the undisputed champions.

Enugu Rangers are top on the league table with  60 points; three ahead of closest challengers, Rivers United with a game to play.

Remo Stars Promoted

Meanwhile, coach of Remo Stars, Nduka Ugbade says his side are not carried away after gaining promotion to the Nigeria Professional Football League next season.

Coach Ugbade told Channels Television that the team would rather concentrate on their last league game against UNICEM Rovers at home.

No matter the outcome of the game, Remo Stars are heading to the NPFL for the first time, having recorded an unassailable 28 points in their Division B1 of the NNL.

But Ugbade says they plan to finish a successful campaign on a high in front of their fans in Ijebu-Ode to justify the investment of club owner, Kunle Soname.

Federation Cup: Round of 16 Matches Postponed

Federation Cup, NFFThe Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has postponed matches of the Round of 16 of the 2016 Men Federation Cup competition as well as the quarter–final matches of the women competition due to the Eid-el-Fitri celebrations.

After the Federal Government announcement on Friday that there would be public holidays on Tuesday, 5th July and Wednesday, 6th July for the Eid-el-Fitri celebrations, the NFF had to reschedule the Round of 16 matches of the men’s competition and the quarter final matches of the women’s event for Tuesday, 12th July and Wednesday, 13th July 2016.

Sunshine Stars of Akure go up against Akwa United in Makurdi on Tuesday, 12th July as Crown FC of Ogbomosho and Enugu Rangers go for a tug in Kaduna on the same day.

In–form Rivers United and five–time champions Shooting Stars will now battle at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium, Kaduna on Wednesday, 13th July, as Wikki Tourists of Bauchi confront Plateau United in Akure in other all –NPFL clashes.

NPFL side FC IfeanyiUbah will take on Katsina United at the Kwara Sports Complex, Ilorin on Wednesday, 13th July while Nasarawa United will test might with Dynamite FC of Benin City at the Confluence Stadium, Lokoja on the same day as Warri Wolves are up against Prime FC of Oshogbo at the Aper Aku Stadium, Makurdi.

The postponed Round of 32 clash between Enyimba FC and El-Kanemi Warriors will come up in Abuja on Wednesday, 13th July, keeping Round of 16 opponents J. Atete on holiday.

In the women’s competition, Abia Angels will take to the field in Lokoja against Nasarawa Amazons, as Delta Queens and Katsina Queens do battle in Abuja on Tuesday, 12th July.

Champions Sunshine Queens will tango with Rivers Angels of Port Harcourt in Abuja on Wednesday, 13th July and Bayelsa Queens and COD United Ladies of Lagos trade tackles in Oleh.

 

Men’s Round Of 16

Akwa United Vs Sunshine Stars         – Makurdi    – 12/7/16     – 4pm

Crown FC Vs Enugu Rangers            – Kaduna     – 12/7/16     – 4pm

Rivers United Vs Shooting Stars         – Kaduna     – 13/7/16     – 4pm

Wikki Tourists Vs Plateau United       – Akure       – 13/7/16     – 4pm

Katsina United Vs FC IfeanyiUbah      – Ilorin        – 13/7/16     – 4pm

Prime FC Vs Warri Wolves               – Makurdi    – 13/7/16     – 4pm

Dynamite FC Vs Nasarawa United      – Lokoja      – 13/7/16     – 4pm.

J. Atete Vs Enyimba FC/El-Kanemi Warriors

Note: Enyimba FC Vs El-Kanemi Warriors Round of 32 to be played in Abuja on Wednesday, July 13 by 4pm.

 

Women’s Quarter Finals

Nasarawa Amazons Vs Abia Angels    – Lokoja      – 12/7/16     – 4pm

Delta Queens Vs Katsina Queens        – Abuja        – 12/7/16     – 2pm

COD United Vs Bayelsa Queens         – Oleh                  – 13/7/16     – 4pm

Sunshine Queens Vs Rivers Angels     – Abuja        – 13/7/16     – 4pm

Akwa United Defeat Nasarawa United 2-0

akwa unitedAkwa United Coach, Zachary Baraje, has expressed his team’s hope of escaping relegation and winning the Federation Cup for the first time in their history this season.

Baraje’s team stopped high-flying Nasarawa United on Friday night in a Nigeria League week 31 game, to boost his team’s survival hopes.

Aniekpeno Udoh put the home team ahead after 36 minutes off a well-taken corner from the left.

It was his seventh league goal of the season.

Adio Yusuf then rifled home an unstoppable free kick from distance in the 71st minute to make the game safe for Akwa United.

Akwa United are now 14th on the table with 37 points from 31 matches and they will battle Lobi Stars in the 2015 Federation Cup final.

Goal Nigeria Player Award Nomination Excites Udoh

Goal NigeriaMfon Udoh is over this world given the inclusion of the his name on short-list for the Goal Nigeria Player of the Year Award for 2014 in recognition of his impressive performances for Enyimba.

He set a new and an all-time goal record of 23 in a season surpassing the previous 21, and scored his 26th goal of the season to help the Nazi Millionaires retain the Federation Cup title and scored 41 goals in two successive league seasons with two different clubs (Akwa united and now Enyimba).

The Nigerian league star would have to slug it out with four foreign-based stars – Vincent Enyeama, Ahmed Musa,, Obafemi Martins and Ikechukwu Uche for the third edition of the award.

The award was won by Chelsea midfielder, John Mikel Obi in 2012 and 2013.

While appreciating the support from his teammates, coaches and fans, the former Akwa United forward admitted he never dreamt of achieving so much as a player in a league season.

“Wow! I’m excited being nominated from the domestic league for the Goal Nigeria Player of the Year award. I’m very happy being listed and contesting among great players for the best Nigerian player in 2014. I’m really happy for the recognition,” Udoh told Goal.

“Well, I must tell you that in my last game of the season in the Federation Cup final against Dolphins, I was dancing all sorts of dances to show how excited I was because the season was so amazing for me.

“Honestly, I never believed I could have a great impact like that last season. It was a great season for me and my career.

“I want to give kudos to my coaches, team-mates and fans around the world for encouraging me by their support and prayers to help me achieve so much this season.'”

The 22-year-old lauded the football site for giving consideration to the domestic league players to make the list of nominees for the coveted award.

“I will say big kudos to Goal for recognizing a local player in our local league and in a local team. At least giving reports of activities of what is happening in our domestic league which shows something good is happening here,” he concluded.

Udoh follows in the foot steps of former Kano Pillars midfielder, Reuben Gabriel and former Sunshine Stars captain and defender, Godfrey Oboabona, players from the Nigerian league that have been nominated for the Goal Nigeria Player of the Year award.

NFF To Hold Emergency Congress On July 30

NFF logoIn the aftermath of the impeachment of Aminu Maigari as President, the Nigeria Football Federation has announced that an emergency congress will hold on Thursday, July 30, 2014 at the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

The congress is expected to ratify the impeachment of erstwhile President of the federation Maigari from the NFF Executive Committee.

Part of the communiqué issued from Thursday’s EXCO meeting read “An Emergency Congress of the Nigeria Football Federation will be convened in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja on Thursday, 31st July, 2014 to ratify the impeachment of Alhaji Aminu Maigari from the NFF Executive Committee”

The NFF also constituted a three-man sub -committee to open discussion with the Chief Coach of the Super Eagles, Stephen Keshi on a possible renewal of his contract which expired after the FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

The Acting NFF President, Mike Umeh, who presided over the concluding part of the meeting after the removal of Aminu Maigari, named the three men as Barrister Chris Green, Deji Tinubu and Felix Anyansi.

A communiqué of the meeting signed by Chief Emeka Inyama says “the Executive Committee has mandated the technical subcommittee to open channels of communication with Keshi with a view to extending his contract, as the NFF is still interested in working with him. The sub-committee is to report back to the Executive Committee within a
week.

“The Committee mandated the NFF management to proceed with discussions with a number of African countries with the view to seeing the Super Eagles playing a friendly match on FIFA window of Wednesday, 13 August, as part of preparations for the 2015 African Cup of Nations qualifying matches’’.

The Executive Committee also insisted that all financial issues with players and officials must be thoroughly deliberated upon and agreed with the players of the national teams.

“Henceforth, all financial issues with players and officials must be thoroughly deliberated upon and agreed ahead of major matches and competitions, to avoid the kind of embarrassment brought upon the nation at the 2014 FIFA World Cup finals in Brazil, when players boycotted training sessions before the Round of 16 match against
France,” the communiqué read.

The Committee expressed satisfaction with all arrangements made for the Golden Eaglets and the Super Falcons ahead of their international engagements.

“The committee expressed satisfaction with all arrangements so far made for the different national teams, namely; Falconets, Flying Eagles and Golden Eaglets ahead of important international matches and qualifying games, and also directed the technical subcommittee to meet in a few days to harmonise all arrangements in this regard.”

It was also agreed at the meeting that 2014 Men and Women Federation Cup competitions will hold as scheduled in Lagos on Saturday, 16 August, while the planned Elective Congress/General Assembly of the NFF will still hold as scheduled on Tuesday, 26 August.

Flying Eagles Release Nwobodo, Others For Federation Cup

nwobodoMidfielder, Obinna Nwobodo, has being released by the Nigeria Under–20 national team, Flying Eagles, to feature for Enugu Rangers in a Federation Cup round of 32 clash against Insurance of Benin in Abuja on Thursday.

Nwobodo, is one of several players from the domestic league taken in by the Flying Eagles recently and Rangers Coach, John Obuh, requested for the mercurial midfielder, who has been one of the most exceptional players in the national team camp.

Other players who were released for the Federation Cup by Flying Eagles Coach, Manu Garba, are Seun Olulayo and Tunde Adeniji from Sunshine Stars, Segun Alebiosu from Kwara United and midfielder, Ifeanyi Matthew for another cup tie involving El Kanemi.

The Flying Eagles will play against Lesotho in the African Youth Championship final qualifying tie in August.

Premier League Clubs Scale First Huddle In Federation Cup

federation cupAll of the Glo Premier League clubs that took part in the Federation Cup round of 64 on Wednesday reached the next round except Gombe United.

Nine clubs in the top flight secured their places in the round of 32.

The clubs are Nembe City, Heartland, Sharks, Nasarawa United, FC Taraba, Abia Warriors, Dolphins, Bayelsa United and Cup holders, Enyimba.

Enyimba began their title defence in shaky fashion as they had to battle from a goal deficit to beat non-league outfit, Sokoto North, by 3-1 at the Fifa Goal Project in Abuja.

The trio of John Uche, Abdulrahman Bashir and Kingsley Sokari scored as Kadiri Ikhana took charge of his first competitive game as Enyimba head coach.

Former Federation Cup champions, Heartland, also had to battle back from a goal against Ebonyi United who took the lead through Hyacinth Nwankwuegu’s goal. Happy Okuoka got the goal to put them on level terms.

Heartland then won the penalty shootout by 4-3.

Sharks and FC Taraba also had to win through penalties. The Blue Angels defeated Kwara United 4-3 via penalty shootouts in Benin City after 90 minutes ended 1-1.

FC Taraba and AS Racine played themselves to a goalless draw before the former won 5-4 on penalties.

Nembe City also progressed with 2-0 win over CBN Cashless FC with Emmanuel Egesi and Bina Tombiri netting their goals.

Port Harcourt club, Dolphins, brushed aside Ingas FC 3-1 with Ebube Okpokwu, Ifeanyi Egwim and Emem Eduok getting their goals.

Remo Stars stretched Bayelsa United to the last minute of their clash before Samuel Chukwudi stepped up to score from the spot on the stroke of time.

Nasarawa United defeated Young Elephants 3-2 while Mafara United were downed 0-2 by Abia Warriors.

Less-fancied Baton FC produced the only upset of the day when they defeated Gombe United 2-1.

Fourteen matches will take place on Thursday to complete the Federation Cup round of 64.

2014 Federation Cup Gets April 5 Kick-off Date

men and footballThe Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has announced that the 2014 Federation Cup competition will kick-off with State preliminaries on Saturday, April 5.

The State finals are scheduled for Sunday, May 4 across the federation, while the play-off matches will be played over the days of May 14 and 15. The Draw for the National finals will hold in Abuja on May 29.

NFF’s head of the tournament, Ruth David, also disclosed that deadline for submission of licenses remains Monday, March 31. “Late submission of licenses is allowed from 1st April – 11th April, 2014 and will attract a fine of 300,000 Naira by the defaulting club(s),” she explained.

According to the timetable for this year’s competition, the Round of 64 matches will be done across 32 centres between July 2 and 3, with the Round of 32 matches taking place a week later and the Round of 16 games to be played between 16 and 17 July.

The quarter-finals are scheduled for July 23, with the semi-finals to follow on July 30 while the Grand Finale of this year’s Federation Cup competition has been scheduled for Sunday, 3 August.

 

VIDEO: Heartland retains Fed Cup, defeating Lobi Stars 2-1

Heartland of Owerri retained their Federation Cup title after defeating Lobi Stars of Makurdi 2-1 at the Teslim Balogun stadium in Lagos.

The Nazi millionaires became the second side after Dolphins in 2007 to win the cup back-to-back.

In the third place match, Nigeria National League Side, Prime FC edged Kano pillars 3-1 on penalties.


Both teams ended the game 1-all in open play after 90 minutes.