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.

NPFL: Abia Warriors Vow To ‘Fight’ Wikki In Bauchi

wikki tourists, NPFL, Abia WarriorsAbia Warriors Football Club of Umuahia striker, Chinenye Agoha, has declared that they will give Wikki Tourists a run for their money when they clash in this weekend’s matchday 28 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) encounter at the Abubakar Tafewa Balewa Stadium in Bauchi.

Agoha, who scored the only goal in Abia Warriors’ 1-0 victory over visiting Warri Wolves last Sunday in Umuahia, said the win was a sign of better days ahead.

“We had some bad results in the recent past mainly because of the injury which hit many of our key players but we have overcome that now and ready to re-establish ourselves as one of the best in Nigeria”, Agoha, a mid-season signing said.

According to the Afugiri, Umuahia-born hitman who joined Abia Warriors from Giwa FC of Jos, the players have made up their minds to fight for a good result in Bauchi this weekend.

“We know Wikki is good this season, we are also good and that is why fans should expect good football this weekend”, he said.

Agoha, who was one of the players released by the League Management Company (LMC) to join a club of their choice after Giwa was thrown out of the league for not honouring three matches earlier this season, said he has already warned his captain and friend at Giwa, Charles Henlong who is now with Wikki Tourists to get ready for him as Abia Warriors were not in Bauchi on a picnic but on a serious business.

He said that he was pleased the way the league is being run now as anybody can pick points anywhere without any incidents and commended the LMC and the referees for a job well done so far.

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

NPFL Match Day 22 : Wikki Tourists Stay On Top

wikki tourists, NPFLWikki Tourists have maintained their position at the top of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) table despite playing a goalless draw with Heartland in Owerri.

Title challengers, Enyimba of Aba and Enugu Rangers both suffered losses in their away fixtures with the defending champions losing by a lone goal to Shooting Stars while Plateau United defeated Rangers, 2-0.

Match Day 22 Results

Heartland FC    0-0 Wikki Tourists

Shooting Stars 1-0 Enyimba FC

Plateau United   2-0 Rangers Int’l

Rivers United   4-1 MFM FC

Ikorodu United 1-1 Akwa United

Sunshine Stars 1-0 Lobi Stars

Nasarawa United 4-2 FC Ifeanyi Ubah

Kano Pillars 2-2 Warri Wolves

LMC Moves Enyimba, Rivers United Game To Thursday

Enyimba, Rivers United, NPFLThe League Management Company has moved the midweek Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) clash between defending champions Enyimba of Aba and Rivers United at the Umuahia township stadium to Thursday.

Two other NPFL clubs, Abia Warriors and Ikorodu United, are billed to clash in another week 21 NPFL game at the same venue on Wednesday and that has necessitated the change in date of the fixture between Enyimba and Rivers United.

Rivers United beat Enyimba 1-0 in the reverse fixture in Port Harcourt in February.

Rivers United are in second spot on the NPFL table with 34 points from 19 matches, while Enyimba are fifth with 30 points from 18 matches.

Meanwhile, MFM FC are hoping to restart the second stanza of the Nigeria Professional Football League action on a winning note against Nasarawa United on Wednesday at the Agege township stadium.

The Lagos-based team won the first leg of the fixture 2-1 at the Aper Aku Stadium in Makurdi.

Midfielder Ifeanyi Ifeanyi says the team would be aiming for another victory in Lagos.

Onuwa Emmanuel has predicted a tough game but believes his team would emerge victorious.

MFM are 10th on the table with 27 points.

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.

NPFL: Ikorodu United, Sunshine Stars React To Goalless Draw

NPFL-Ikorodu-United-Sunshine-Stars-Eyimba FCNigerian Professional Football League (NPFL) newcomers, Ikorodu United, are confident they will bounce back from their poor run of results.

The Lagos based team, who are bottom of the table with six points from 11 matches, were held to a goalless draw by Sunshine Stars of Akure in their Matchday 11 clash at the Onikan Stadium.

While the team’s technical adviser looked forward with hope that things would change, midfielder, Augustine Agbane was reflecting on the game. He said that they gave their best but luck was not on their side.

On his side, Sunshine Stars Head Coach, Solomon Ogbeide, said that he was impressed with the away draw against Ikorodu United.

Sunshine Stars are 18th in the NPFL with eight points from nine games and Coach Ogbeide said that the team have shown commitment that they could fight for a continental ticket.

Meanwhile, the technical adviser of Enyimba FC has cautioned his side not to let down their guard.

The team’s coach asked them to expect a tough fight back from Etoile Du Sahel despite their 3-0 advantage in the CAF Champions League.

Sensational striker, Mfon Udoh, was the hero of the day as his team sank the Tunisian side at the Adokiye Amiesimaka stadium in Port Harcourt, south-south Nigeria.

Udoh expressed confidence that the two-time African Champions would seal their victory in Tunisia.

Teams React To NPFL Matchday Nine Results

NPFL - Heartland FC - Giwa FC - Rivers United - Ikorodu UnitedRivers United coach, Stanley Eguma, is relieved with his side’s 3-2 victory against Ikorodu United at the Onikan Stadium in Lagos State, southwest Nigeria.

Coach Eguma who was recently handed a three-match ultimatum said that he hopes the team would consolidate on the away victory.

Reacting to his team’s performance in the Day-9 fixture of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL), the technical adviser of Ikorodu United, Sam Okpodu, admitted that the team was struggling.

According to Okpodu, the players are still learning how to handle top flight football.

Elsewhere, Giwa FC head coach said that his team must learn how to pick away points if they must fight for continental tickets this season.

The Jos based team suffered their third defeat in eight games following a 2-0 loss to Heartland FC in Owerri.

Heartland assistant coach, Mangut Mabwas, commended his side for handling the pressure to ensure his side recorded their third win of the season.

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.