CAF B-Licence Coaching Course Ends In Abuja

CAF B-License Coaching Course Ends In AbujaThe CAF B-Licence Coaching Course organised by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has ended in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory.

Speaking at the closing ceremony of the training, Chairman of the League Management Company, Mr Shehu Dikko, tasked participants to be willing to invest in learning new trends and technological innovations in the game.

He also challenged Nigerian coaches to always support one another, especially when any of them is appointed into the national teams.

A total of 75 participants on Friday collected certificates of participation in the conference room of the NFF/FIFA Technical Centre at the National Stadium Complex.

Those who participated include former Nigerian midfielder, Garba Lawal, as well as Nigerian Professional Football League coaches, Fidelis Ilechukwu of MFM FC, and Kabiru Dogo of Nasarawa United.

Ondo Inaugurates Sunshine Stars Under 13, 15 and 17 Teams

Sunshine StarsThe Management of the Ondo State Football Agency, ODSFA has inaugurated the Sunshine Stars’ U-13, U-15 and U-17 teams.

This, according to the agency, was in a bid to ensure that talented footballers in all the nooks and crannies of the state are given opportunity to be part of Sunshine Stars,

The ceremony took place at the football village office of the state football agency at Oda road in Akure.

Addressing the players, President of Sunshine Stars Football Club, Prince Dapo Ajibade, while congratulating the players, charged them to live up to their dreams.

Prince Ajibade, who is also the ODSFA boss, stressed the importance of the project.

According to him, the project will be coordinated by the Technical Department of the agency under the supervision of Deputy Director, Mr Kayode Julius.

“We thank God Almighty for this day as we begin another process of football development. It is very important to have Sunshine Stars’ teams at the U-13, U15 and U-17 levels so as to give room for development and progression in addition to empowering and giving future to the talented players”.

The ODSFA Chairman added that the agency would make available all logistics to make the project huge success, as sporting equipment needed would be provided.

“25 balls will be given to each team which will also get 2 sets of bibs as well as some medical facilities in addition to soccer boots that will be given to each of the 25 players in each team.

“Coach Chinedu Obi is in charge of the U-13 team while Coach Sunday Adewoye will tutor the U-15 team, just as Coach Monday Eche will oversee the players at the U-17 level.

“The teams’ general coordinator is Mr Shina Afuye while Mr Abideen Ayeloja will serve as the teams’ manager,” he said.

The Technical Director of the agency, coach Sunday Erelesusi charged all members of the technical staff to show good morals and commitment needed to mentor the young talents.

Meanwhile, the ODSFA Management has approved the appointment of Mr Abiodun Kehinde Johnson, popularly known as Legacy as one of the scouts working for Sunshine Stars.

Abiodun Kehinde Johnson as a footballer had stints with Works Rangers of Akure, Crown of Ogbomoso, 1st Bank of Lagos, Rising Stars of Ondo and Sunshine Stars of Akure.

The new Sunshine Stars Scout promised to use his wealth of experience to bring quality players to the Akure based team.

Eight Firms Seek Sponsorship Of Nigeria Premiership League

Alloy Chukwuemeka

The Executive Secretary of  the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) Club Owners, Mr Alloy Chukwuemeka, says about eight corporate bodies are currently jostling to sponsor the Nigeria Premiership League for the next season.

Mr Chukwuemeka hinted reporters of the development on Wednesday during an interactive session with journalists in Osogbo, at the monthly Sport Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) stakeholders forum tagged “SWAN Platform”.

He said the NPFL Club Owners had received a proposal from the League Management Company (LMC) that the league would begin by first week of December tentatively.

Now Attractive

The NPFL Club Owners Executive Secretary further explained that the proposal would be considered at the Annual General Meeting of the Club Owners.

The General Manager, Abubakar Bukola Saraki Football Club, Ilorin commended the LMC for turning the league around, saying “it is now attractive with many firms lobbying to be part of it.

“The LMC has turned around the league in Nigeria. The league is now attractive, and there are eight firms lobbying to be part of LMC. The LMC has set a standard and that is why lots of firms want to be part of the Nigeria Professional Football League”.

The football administrator while responding to questions on moving football and sports generally forward in the state, insisted that a return to school sports was the only way to identify exceptional talents.

He revealed that the Kwara Football Academy gave ABS FC 10 of its best players every season through a partnership between the two clubs.

The ABS FC Director of Football also recommended community ownership of football clubs, as practiced in other climes based on what he learnt from the LMC organised LaLiga Tour in Spain earlier in the year.

He said: “Immediately I came back from Spain, I went to my village (Ehime Mbano) and I met with my Local Government Chairman and we formed Mbano United. I bought jerseys and balls for the team, because in Spain their clubs are built on their culture. Football community ownership is very important.”

“I will recommend that for us to develop the sporting sector, it is imperative that we re-introduce sports in our schools. This way, new talents can be encouraged and assisted to get to higher heights in this profession”

On the controversy trailing the final Nigeria National League (NNL) match between ABS FC and Gateway FC, Mr Chukwuemeka countered claims that there were few security men at the stadium, maintaining that there were about 78 policemen at the stadium that day.

He condemned the action of the Ogun State Commissioner of Sports who he said ordered Gateway FC players not to play the match, stressing that it contravened the rules guiding the game and operations of the NNL.

Mr Chukwuemeka also expressed the belief that the Nigeria Football Federation would put in everything to ensure that the Super Eagles qualify for the World Cup.

He said not qualifying for Nations Cup back-to-back was still painful and applauded the efforts and impact of Super Eagles coach, Genart Rohr.

Mr Chukwuemeka, who is also a National Officer of Sports Writers Association of Nigeria, thereafter commended Osun SWAN for the Monthly Stakeholders Forum and promised to take the programme to other states across the federation.

Enugu Rangers Win First Football League Title In 32 Years

Enugu-RangersEnugu Rangers have won the Nigeria Professional Football League for the first time in 32 years.

The flying antelopes on Sunday evening beat visiting El-Kanemi Warriors by 4-0 at a fully packed Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium in Enugu.

Chisom Egbuchulam opened scoring just after three minutes from the penalty box. An El-Kanemi team member in the defence line had touched the ball with his hand.

Pressure mounted and Osas Okoro made it two just before half time.

Egbuchulam got the third and fourth goals in the 64th and 94th minutes to hand rangers the title.

The new NPFL champions will get a CAF Champions League ticket for next season and 40 million Naira from the League Management Company for their efforts.

It was the Coal City side’s seventh top-flight title gotten on pretty 63 points, three ahead of closest challengers, Rivers United.

After the club’s heroic performance, the team’s happy head coach, Imama Amapakabo, could not hold his joy.

Amapakabo said he was excited winning the top-flight title in his first stint as head coach of the Enugu outfit.

“It’s unfortunate that the whole season campaign has to end on somehow sad note with the last minute injury on substitute, Ifeanyi Egwim.

“However, we are thankful to God that Enugu Rangers are champions of the 2015/16 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL).

“This glorious performance happened after anxious waiting for a whole 32 years.

“The players have been exceptionally wonderful from start to finish and they truly imbibe the catchword campaign ‘believe’.

“I’m excited beyond word and need to sleep and wake up as well as pinch myself severally to be sure that what is going on at the moment is not mere dream but reality.

“I know we are champions after the hard fought win at Ikorodu United but I wanted us to be pronounced officially as champions after the final day clash against El Kanemi Warriors.

“I’m happy winning the top-flight title in my first stint as coach of Enugu Rangers.

“I want to sleep over what is going on right now perhaps when I wake up the celebration will start in full swing,” he told Super Sports.

LMC Sanctions Sushine Stars, Abia Warriors Over Fans’ Misbehaviour

Sunshine StarsSunshine Stars and Abia Warriors have been sanctioned by the League Management Company, (LMC), for disruptive behaviour by their fans in recent matches in the Nigerian football league.

A total fine of 2.7 million naira has been imposed on the Sunshine Stars for breaching various rules including failure to provide adequate security, as well as for assaulting match officials.

The assaulted assistant referee and the injured Heartland official will be paid compensations of 250,000 naira each from the fine.

Abia Warriors on the other hand, were sanctioned for the conduct of their fans in the match day 34 fixture, against FC Ifeanyi Ubah and have been fined a total of 2.5 million naira, in addition to playing two matches behind closed door.

The club management has been given until close of business on Friday, September 16, to respond in writing, indicating acceptance of the charges or electing to appear before a commission.

According to the Summary Jurisdiction Notice issued to the club, the fans who assaulted the match officials must be apprehended by Abia Warriors and handed over to law enforcement agencies for prosecution.

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.

Ikorodu United Opt For MKO Abiola Stadium For Remaining Season’s Games

ikorodu united, abeokuta, NPFLNigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) side, Ikorodu United of Lagos, has secured approval from the League Management Company (LMC) to play their remaining home fixtures of the season at the MKO Abiola stadium in Abeokuta.

The struggling Lagos club were penalised by the LMC for crowd trouble during their week 30 fixture against the Shooting Stars of Ibadan.

After the penalty, the Oga boys were directed to continue the rest of the season in Lagos.

But the club side said they would prefer to stay in the southwest town of Abeokuta since they could not guarantee the full control of the crowd and general safety at the Onikan stadium in Lagos.

LMC Fines Sunshine Stars Six Million Naira Over Violence

Sunshine Stars-LMCThe League Management Company (LMC) has fined, Sunshine Stars over six million Naira owing to the violent conduct of its fans.

LMC says the Akure based football club had breached some of it rules during a week-nine match against Shooting Stars FC of Ibadan in the Nigerian Professional Football League.

In three separate charges, Sunshine Stars will pay five million Naira and a suspended two-point deduction for hindrance of broadcast towards the end of the match.

The club will also pay 500,000 Niara for not controlling their supporters from harassing and assaulting a visiting club’s officials.

Similarly, another fine of 750,000 Naira was levied on the Akure club for failure to ensure adequate security and allow access to unauthorised persons to all restricted areas.

Sunshine Stars picked up the maximum three points for the first time in the season after beating the visiting Shooting Stars 2-1.

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.

LMC Lifts Ban On Sunshine Stars’ Stadium

Sunshine StarsThe League Management Company (LMC) has lifted the ban placed on the Akure Township Stadium in 2015.

The LMC clamped down heavily on the stadium, owing to the unruly behaviour of fans of Sunshine Stars in last season’s Week 36 fixture against Lobi Stars.

It was reported that fans invaded the pitch and attacked match officials when Lobi Stars were leading by a lone goal in the fierce encounter that saw play halted in the 77th minute.

The incident saw Sunshine Stars barred from their stadium for a year. They played their remaining home games in Lagos.

LMC Sanctions Giwa FC, 2 Players

Giwa FCThe League Management Company (LMC) has sanctioned Nigerian football league club, Giwa FC, and two of their players, for their actions in an abandoned week 38 game of the League in Lafia against Nasarawa United.

The Jos side refused to continue with the game in 34th minute, forcing referee, Ibrahim Ishaku, to call off the match at the expiration of the first half.

Giwa FC were fined three million Naira, a deduction of three points and forfeiture of three points to Nasarawa United for the abandoned week 38 match.

Giwa FC players, Amos Gyang and Nojeem Raji, were also fined and suspended for two matches and six matches respectively.

Sharks FC Get Reprieve From NFF

nffSharks FC will play their next three home matches at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium in Enugu, starting with the match day 37 fixture against Kwara United on Sunday, November 8.

The decision was sequel to ruling of the Nigeria Football Federation’s (NFF) disciplinary committee on an appeal filed by Sharks FC over an abandoned match day 36 fixture against Nasarawa United in Lafia.

The League Management Company (LMC) had fined Sharks 3 million naira, and ruled that they would forfeit the match to Nasarawa United and also be docked three points and three goals from the already accrued points.

But the disciplinary committee ordered Sharks to pay 5 million naira and also forfeit the three points and three goals to Nasarawa United but would play their next three matches in Enugu.