Kano Pillars, Safety Babes Emerge Champions of Handball League

Kano Pillars and Safety Babes have emerged champions of the 2019 Handball Premier League.

On the final day at the Rowe Park Sports Center, Yaba, Lagos, Kano Pillars defeated De Defenders 29-21 to win the male category of the league with 38 points, two points above Safety Shooters who defeated last year’s champion, Niger United 34-29 to finish as runners up with 36 points.

It was a disappointing end for Niger United who finished in 4th position and out of podium as they had same points but scored lesser goals than Lagos Seasiders who defeated Sokoto Rima 40-31 to finish in third with 34 points.

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De Defenders finished 4th on the log with 31 points while COAS Shooters defeated Borno Spiders 29-28 to occupy 6th position with 25 points.

Despite losing narrowly by 22-21 points to Kada Stars, Plateau Vipers finished 7th with 17 points while Kada ended the league in 8th position with 16 points.

Owena Kings and Prison Key Boys are the bottom teams. The Akure based Owena defeated the Prison Key Boys 23-21.

In the female category, Safety Babes celebrated winning the title after beating defending champion Plateau Peacocks 31-29 in a thrilling encounter. The FRSC ladies finished top of the log with 32 points while Plateau finished third with 29 points.

Edo Dynamos finished second with 30 points as they played a 31-31 draw with Ghana Police in a match that didn’t have any significance on the league standings.

Imo Grasshoppers finished fourth with 26 points as they defeated fifth-place Seasider Babes of Lagos 27-21.

The winners of the league received N1million cash prize, the first runner up received N750,000 while the second runner up got N500,000.

 

Final Day Results

Men

Kano Pillars 29-21 De Defenders

Safety Shooters 34-29 Niger United

Owena Kings 23-21 Prison Key Boys

Lagos Seasiders 40-31 Sokoto Rima

Coas Shooters 29-28 Borno Spiders

 

Women

Safety Babes 31-29 Plateau Peacocks

Imo Grasshoppers 27-21 Seasider Babes

Ghana Police 31-31 Edo Dynamos

 

 

 

Handball League: Kano Pillars Lose As Safety Babes Win

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Kano Pillars still maintain their lead on the log of the male category of the Handball Premier League despite losing to defending champion Niger United in a thrilling encounter on Matchday 7.

The Kano based team could not withstand the firepower of Niger United as they fell to a slim 29-26 defeat to the defending champions.

The defeat didn’t do much damage to Kano Pillars as they lead the log with 32 points while Niger United still maintain their third position but have 30 points now alongside Safety Shooters who are ahead on goal difference.

Meanwhile, Safety Shooters defeated COAS Shooters 36-29 and are second while Borno Spiders defeated Owena Kings 30-25.

De Defenders confirmed their top 5 status by beating Plateau Vipers 26-23, Lagos Seasiders comfortably swept aside Kada Stars 35-26 while Sokoto Rima saw off bottom team Prison Key Boys 39-29.

In the female category, Edo Dynamos edged out Imo Grasshoppers 20-18 in what was described as a cracker.

The two teams had not lost a match in the second phase before the fixture.

The result lifted Edo Dynamos to second on the league table, two points behind Safety Babes while Imo Grasshoppers are in the fourth position.

Seasider Babes lost to Desert Queens 28-22 to the disappointment of the home fans while Safety Babes had to put up a good fight to defeat Defender Babes 30-28 to remain on to top of the female league.

Ghana Police continued their fine run of victories against Nigerian teams as they defeated Kada Queens 29-21.

Matchday 7 Results

 

Female

Edo Dynamos 20-18 Imo Grasshoppers

Seasider Babes 22-28 Desert Queens

Ghana Police 29-21 Kada Queens

Defender Babes 28-30 Safety Babes

 

Male

Kano Pillars 26-29 Niger United

COAS Shooters 29-36 Safety Shooters

Lagos Seasiders 35-26 Kada Stars

Sokoto Rima 39-29 Prison Key Boys

Borno Spiders 30-25 Owena Kings

De Defenders 26-23 Plateau Vipers

Enugu Rangers Make Incredible Comeback To Win Aiteo Cup

Enugu Rangers Make Incredible Comeback To Win Aiteo Cup
Enugu Rangers’ Ajani Ibrahim heads the ball into the goalpost to score the third goal for his team in the Aiteo Cup final match against Kano Pillars at the Stephen Keshi Stadium in Asaba, Delta State, on October 24, 2018.

 

Enugu Rangers produced a dramatic comeback to level 3-3 draw with Kano Pillars at full time on Wednesday at the Stephen Keshi Stadium in Asaba, Delta State.

The South-East based club then went on to beat Pillars 4-2 via penalties to emerge champions of the 2018 Aiteo Cup.

The game started at a high tempo with Kano Pillars taking the lead as early as the fifth minute when midfielder Rabiu Ali fired in a fierce shot from a close range.

Moments later, Ibrahim Alassan’s corner kick was pushed into a goal by Rangers goalkeeper, Femi Thomas, to ensure Kano Pillars takes a 2-0 lead into the break.

At the start of the second half, Nyima Nwagua scored the third goal for Pillars, leaving Rangers with a huge mountain to climb.

However, the comeback fight for the Rangers started in the 77th minute when Kelvin Itoya scored a stunner.

Chidera Ezeh kept hopes alive when he scored the second goal for the Enugu side in the 82nd minute.

Kano Pillars had a chance to seal victory but Junior Lokosa’s effort was stopped by Nana Bonso.

On the other end, Ajani Ibrahim produced an unbelievable header to level the scores and send the game to penalties.

In the penalty shoot-out, Rabiu Ali missed the first kick for Kano Pillars while goalkeeper saved Jimoh Ibrahim’s kick.

Isaac Loute took the decisive kick for Rangers and scored to secure an incredible victory for the Enugu based club.

It is the first FA Cup win for Enugu Rangers since 1983.

The team have also picked a ticket to next season’s CAF Confederation Cup.

Kano Pillars Defender, Chinedu Udoji Is Dead

 

Kano Pillars have confirmed the death of their defender, Chinedu Udoji.

Udoji, 28, was involved in a car accident on Sunday night while returning from visiting his former teammates at Enyimba, after the 1-1 draw against Pillars at the Sani Abacha Stadium.

The incident occurred along the club road in Kano state.

Udoji spent five seasons at Enyimba and captained the team for five years from 2009 -2016, helping the club to win two league titles, 2 Federation cups and reaching the semi-final of the CAF Champions League.

He joined the Kano Pillars in 2016.

Rabiu Ali Wins Match-day 26 VAT Wonder Goal Award

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Kano Pillars midfielder, Rabiu Ali, has clinched the match-day 26 VAT Wonder Goal in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL).

Ali’s goal in Kano Pillars 1-1 draw against ABS FC in Ilorin was adjudged the best for the Match-day 26.

He beats off competition from Tchato Giscard of MFM and Abia Warriors’ striker, Yakub Hammed.

Kano Pillars Sack Technical Adviser, Kadiri Ikhana

Shooting Stars, Kadiri Ikhana, NPFLKano Pillars Technical Adviser, Kadiri Ikhana, has been sacked ahead of the second stanza of the league.

The former Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) champions suffered a 1-3 defeat to defending champions, Enugu Rangers, in a rescheduled game on Sunday.

The 65-year-old paid for the club’s lack of results, seeing them lie 12th with seven wins in 19 games.

Coach Ikhana was appointed as Mohammed Babaganaru’s successor, following Pillars unimpressive campaign last season.

The team has conceded 16 goals and scored 16 in their 19-league games this season to be sitting three points from safety.

NRA Urges LMC To Clamp On Hooliganism In NPFL

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The Nigeria Referees Association (NRA), has called on the League Management Company (LMC) to clamp on the rising tide of hooliganism.

This followed the persistent attack on some of its members officiating in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) in some venues.

Three referees that handled Sunday’s NPFL game between Kano Pillars and Akwa United were manhandled by the home fans at the Sani Abacha Stadium in Kano.

The NRA in a statement lashed out at the club’s officials for inciting the fans against its members, irrespective of the outcomes of their games.

The statement added that it would not hesitate to withdraw its members from the league if the ugly trend continues.

Kano Pillars Beat Enyimba 3-1 In NPFL Clash

Kano Pillars Beat Enyimba 3-1 In NPFL ClashKano Pillars on Sunday evening recorded the biggest feat in match day 12 of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) with a 3-1 win against Enyimba International.

Kabiru Balogun netted a brace to set the former NPFL champions ahead of their Aba visitors.

However, the lead was reduced to one when Stephen Chukwude slotted in from the penalty spot.

Gambo Mohammed later restored the two-goal lead in an added time to hand Pillars their fifth win of the season.

The hosts are seventh on the NPFL table with 17 points while Enyimba are 13th with 14 points.

Sunshine Stars Defeat Rivers United In NPFL Clash

Sunshine Stars Defeat Rivers United In NPFL ClashTroubled Sunshine Stars put aside their financial crisis to beat high-flying Rivers United 1-0 on Sunday.

The Ondo-based club clinched the victory in a match day 10 tie of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) played at the Akure Township Stadium.

Former Enyimba Midfielder, Ayo Saka, pulled a belter from 14 yards to hand the Owena Waves their win of the season.

The result moved Sunshine Stars six places to the 11th position with 12 points on the table.

NPFL Match Day 10 Results

Meanwhile, Prince Aggreh scored from the penalty spot as FC Ifeanyi Ubah defeated league leaders, Plateau United 1-0 in Nnewi, Anambra State.

Chinedu Udoji’s first-half header also earned Kano Pillars a lone victory over neighbours, Katsina United.

In a similar development, Lobi Stars came from behind to beat seven-time champions, Enyimba with goals from Anthony Okpotu and former Enyimba Midfielder, David Tyavkase.

Niger Tornadoes maintained a perfect home record after a 1-0 win over struggling Gombe United in Lokoja.

El-Kanemi warriors also stunned Nasarawa United 2-0  with two second half goals while ABS FC edged past Wikki Tourists 1-0.

NPFL: Ikechukwu Ezenwa Becomes Ifeanyi Ubah FC Captain

fc1Ifeanyi Ubah football club have named Super Eagles Goalkeeper, Ikechukwu Ezenwa, as their captain for the 2016/ 2017 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL), season.

The Federation Cup winners will face Kano Pillars in the opening fixture of the 2016/2017 NPFL season at the Sani Abacha stadium on Saturday.

Ezenwa, took over from Wilson Elu, who would now act as the Deputy Skipper of the Anambra Warriors.

The experienced shot stopper linked up with the Nnewi-based side, from Sunshine Stars during the mid-season transfer window last term.

FIBA Cup: Kano Pillars Lose To Al-Ahly

FIBA Cup: Kano Pillars Lose To Al-Ahly Kano Pillars, have lost 71 to 65 points to hosts, Al-ahly Sporting Club in the 2016 FIBA semi-final played on Thursday at the Al-ahly arena in Cairo.

The Nigerian champions who had started off well, would not be playing in the finals of the Champions Cup currently holding in Egypt.

Al-ahly won the first quarter 15 to 13 points but kano pillars fought back to take the second quarter 21 to 19 points.

But the Egyptians took the game beyond Kano pillars as they triumphed 20 to 17 points in the third quarter and 17 to 14 points in the final quarter.

Abubakar Usman was Kano pillars star player of the match with 17 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists.

Bronze Medal Match

The Nigerian team would however play Association Sportive De Sale of Morocco in the bronze medal match of the FIBA Africa Champions Cup, after both lost their semi-final matches to Egyptian and Angolan opposition.

In the championship decider, hosts Al-alhy of Egypt, would face Recreativo Do Libolo of Angola.

Kano Pillars Record First Win At FIBA Africa Champions Cup

basketball Kano Pillars Kano Pillars Basketball Club have won their first game at the FIBA Africa Champions Cup in Cairo, Egypt.

The Nigerian champions beat Nzui-Manto of Cameroon 86-75 in their second game played at the al Alhy Arena.

Abdul Yahaha led the way with 20 points, six rebounds and three assists, as Kano Pillars bounced back from their opening game defeat to Club Africain.

They will next face Desportivo De Agosto on Sunday, December 11.