Plateau High Court Suspends NPFL Over Giwa FC Sanction

wikki tourists, NPFL, Abia WarriorsA High Court in Bukuru, Plateau State, has suspended the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL).

The court said the suspension would be operational until the League Management Company (LMC) fully complied with its earlier order to reinstate Giwa Football Club to the professional league competition.

Justice Ishaku Kunda in his ruling on Wednesday granted the plaintiff’s prayer for the re-validation of the earlier order, following LMC’s failure to honour the court’s order.

He ordered that the league be suspended until the determination of the appeal filed by the defendants at the upper court.

Justice Kunda said the  order was issued to ensure the case did not become an academic exercise, since the league was about to be concluded.

NPFL: Rangers Extend Lead, Ikorodu United’s Struggle Continues

NPFLMatchday nine of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) produced 21 goals (2.1 goals per game), six home wins, three draws and one away victory.

Enugu Rangers consolidated their lead on top of the league table to two points with a hard fought 2-1 win against oriental rivals Enyimba FC of Aba.

Joseph Osadiaye got the champions in front in the 14th minute, when he curled in Ikechukwu Ibenegbu’s lofty pass from the edge of the area. Godwin Aguda levelled terms for the Flying Antelopes in the 21st minute from a Bobby Clement assist. Clement again turned provider for Chisom Egubuchulam, who finished it with a fine goal eight minutes to the break.

In Owerri, Heartland FC saw off a difficult Giwa FC challenge with a 2-0 win, which saw Roland Koffi smashing home a cracker at the death.

Shagari Mohammed was the hero in Kano, providing assists for Prince Aggreh and Suleman Usman to slot in the goals in the 28th and 47th minutes respectively. Pillars move into second place on the log.

In Jos, MFM FC played 1-1 away to Plateau United. The result increases pressure on head coach, Zachary Baraje, who has been asked to spring results or face the music.

Federation Cup champions, Akwa United, held Wikki Tourists to a barren draw at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Stadium, Bauchi, despite being without their technical adviser, Maurice Cooreman, who failed to travel with the team due to illness. The home side will have Godwin Obaje to blame for failing to convert outright opportunities in the opening half.

In Akure, Tope Orelope’s equalizer in the 63rd minute, appeared to have secured a point for Shooting Stars, but that was not the outcome, as the Akure Gunners snatched a late winner through Okiki Afolabi. Dele Olorundare also had a goal to his name in the sixth minute.

Elsewhere, Abia Warriors grabbed a narrow 1-0 win at home to Niger Tornadoes, at the Umuahia Township Stadium through Chisom Chikatara’s late goal. Ladan Bosso’s El-Kanemi side thrashed Nasarawa United 3-0 in Katsina, while Warri Wolves drew goalless with visiting Lobi Stars at the Warrior Township Stadium.

Rivers United appear to have finally found their rhythm, edging newcomers Ikorodu United in a five-goal thriller at the Onikan Waterfront.

Guy Kuemian got the visitors in front, in the ninth minute before the home side levelled terms through Ifegwu Ojukwu just before the quarter of an hour mark. Nonso Okonkwo and Wilson Andoh put the game beyond the Lagos side before the break, with stunning goals.

Ikorodu United’s late chase only aided them to reduce the deficit through Ojukwu, before end of proceedings. But Ojukwu’s brace proved too little to help them avoid a fifth defeat on the bounce as they drop to second from bottom.

After the game, new technical adviser, Sam Okpodu described the team as young and inexperienced.

”This team has a lot of learning to do and with time they will understand themselves and start getting the desired results” he concluded.

Niger Tornadoes: Governor Orders Payment Of LMC Surety Bond

lmcNiger State Governor, Abubakar Sani Bello, has directed the immediate payment of 25 million Naira surety bond to the League Management Committee (LMC).

This is to allow the state’s Football Club, ‘Niger Tornadoes’, participate in the Nigeria Premier League.

Governor Bello gave the directive when he received Tornadoes FC and other sports associations at the Government House in Minna.

He said that both the Commissioner for Youths and Sports Development and his counterpart, the Commissioner for Finance, should ensure quick payment of the money.

The Governor commended Tornadoes FC for gaining promotion again to the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL), the country’s apex league.

He said, “I have been following the progress of Tornadoes keenly and I promise that the team will be given all the needed support to perform credibly well and make the state proud.”

The Governor also told the team that despite the economic challenges bedevilling the state, the government will provide them with a bus for players’ comfort, considering the number of matches they would play.

He, however, bemoaned the poor state of sports facilities in the state, saying that he has already entered discussions with some groups for the state to have a befitting modern stadium.

The Chairman of Tornadoes Management Committee (TMC), Hon. Adamu Aliyu Mohammed, commended the State Governor for directing the payment of the surety bond, as well as the donation of a bus.

Hon. Mohammed told the Governor that some of the players that won the NNL Super 4 have been retained, while tested players who took part in 2015 NPEL have been brought in to make the club strong enough to stand the test of time.

Tornadoes will play their first match away to Plateau United, and will host Giwa FC in their first home match to be played in her adopted Confluence Stadium, Lokoja.

Enyimba, Pillars Others Record Victory In NPFL Week 35 Games

npfl-enyimbaEnyimba of Aba defeated relegation strugglers, Kwara United, by a lone goal to maintain the lead at the top of the NPFL table with three games left.

The League leaders have 65 points from 35 games, six points above Warri Wolves who have a game in hand.

Defending Champions, Kano Pillars also defeated Rangers International 2-1, while Akwa United defeated Sunshine Stars two goals to one in another week 35 clash.

Dolphins of Port Harcourt moved off the relegation zone, following a 2-0 win against El-Kanemi Warriors, and Giwa FC moved to third spot on the league table, following a 3-2 win against Wikki Tourists.

FC Ifeanyi Ubah also defeated Heartland of Owerri by a lone goal, while another Port Harcourt based team, Sharks beat Shooting Stars 2-1

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.

Enyimba, Sharks FC Suffer Defeat In Nigerian League

npfl-enyimba-fcNigerian League leaders, Enyimba FC on Sunday evening suffered their fifth defeat of the season in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL).

El-Kanemi Warriors defeated the Aba side two goals to one, with Benjamin Turba and Efe Yarhere getting the goals for the Maiduguri based team.

Enyimba got a consolation goal on the 88th minute through substitute, Nzube Anaezemba.

Meanwhile, Sharks FC dropped to the relegation zone, following a one nil defeat to Giwa FC, while another Port Harcourt based team, Dolphins moved out of the relegation zone after a 3-1 win against another relation threatened side, FC Taraba.

Wikki Tourists closed the gap at the top of the table after a 2-0 win over Bayelsa United.

In other matches, Abia Warrior beat Warri Wolves, FC Ifeanyi Ubah held Kano Pillars to a 1-1 draw 3SC beat Akwa United by a lone goal.

Enyimba Extend Lead At Top Of Table

npfl-enyimba-fcNigerian league leaders, Enyimba of Aba, further cements their lead in the Nigeria Professional Football League, with a two nil win over struggling, Dolphins of Port Harcourt.

Two goals from substitutes Andrew Abalogu and Ifeanyi Anaemeka was all the team needed to take their points to 55 points from 29 games.

Sharks of Port Harcourt further moved away from the relegation zone following a one nil win against Ifeanyi Ubah while Taraba FC also edged out Giwa FC by a lone goal.

In other games also decided on Sunday, Enugu Rangers beat Shooting Stars two goals to one.

The title hopes of Sunshine Stars of Akure suffered a massive setback when they lost at home to Nasarawa United 3-2.

Defending Champions, Kano Pillars beat Abia Warriors 3-0.

NFF Disqualifies Umeh,Others, Clears Giwa For Election

nff 2The Electoral Panel of the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) has disqualified the acting Chairman, Mike Umeh, ex-internationals, Taiwo Ogunjobi and Segun Odegbami from contesting elections into the office of the chairman.

The Committee on Wednesday, disqualified the three major aspirants for the office of the President of the federation. Those disqualified include ex-Nigerian international and 1980 Nations Cup winner, Segun Odegbami; former scribe of the NFF, Taiwo Ogunjobi; and current Acting Chairman of the Federation, Mike Umeh.

While Chris Giwa, who owns Nigeria Premier League side, Giwa FC, is now the only candidate left in the run.

The NFF elections are scheduled to hold on August 26, 2014.

Minister Rejects Disqualification

Meanwhile, the Minister of Sports, Tamuno Danagogo, said on Wednesday afternoon that the government was opposed to the decision of the electoral committee of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), to disqualify some candidates.

Mr. Danagogo, who is also the chairman of the National Sports Commission, NSC, stated this while addressing journalists in Abuja.

“We do not support any process that looks fraudulent,…, that produced one candidate. We want a situation where all stakeholders will contest and neat result will come out.

“For that reason, to us it is proper and it is acceptable to let the press know that we agree with the aggrieved persons in totality,” he said.

The electoral committee had on Wednesday morning disqualified ex-Nigerian international and 1980 Nations Cup winner, Segun Odegbami; former scribe of the NFF, Taiwo Ogunjobi; and current Acting Chairman of the Federation, Victor Umeh.

Only one candidate, Chris Giwa, owner of Giwa FC, was cleared to contest for President of the NFF.
Mr. Danagogo, however, condemned the electoral process expected to lead to the August 26 election of new leaders of the NFF.

“(This) level of ineptitude is certainly not acceptable. NSC will not conduct elections for them. We will do everything possible to conduct free and fair election.

“If it means we will delay the process or resell the form. Forms should be open to individuals eligible to compete,” he said.

Court Stops Nigerian Premier League

Glo Premier LeagueA High Court in the Plateau State Judicial Division has restrained the League Management Company from further organising matches for Premier League clubs in Nigeria pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice.

Justice Philomena Lot, upon consideration of the motion exparte and after hearing the prayer of Mustapha Abubakar, a soccer fan in Jos, Plateau State; ordered the League Management Company and its affiliate from continuing all premier football league matches in the country until the hearing and determination of the motion.

The Judge thereafter adjourned hearing of the motion on notice to March 26, 2014.

The league had been enmeshed in controversy since the LMC on Thursday, March 6, announced that only eighteen clubs had been certified eligible to participate in the 2013/14 Glo Premier League season, ruling out Nembe City and Giwa FC, who failed to meet the compulsory minimum requirements.

The fixtures involving the two clubs were removed from the schedules of the new season as both teams allegedly failed to substantially comply with the minimum registration requirements.

The LMC Chief Operating Officer (COO), Salihu Abubakar, disclosed that the other eighteen Clubs that substantially met the requirements had received provisional approvals to compete in the League.

“Since the deadline for submission of registration form closed 48 hours ago, we have been scrutinizing the registration materials returned by the Clubs and can now state that Nembe City and Giwa FC are in substantial default of the minimum requirements to participate in the Glo Premier League this season. They have consequently been withdrawn from the fixture and all matches involving both Clubs are cancelled,” Abubakar said.

“This is the first step towards bringing our Clubs to meet the conditions prescribed in the NFF Club Licensing Regulation which recently came into force.”

The requirements as stated by the LMC include a mandatory provision of 100million Naira Performance Guarantee from an approved financial institution as well as a minimum player salary of 150,000 Naira.