NPFL 21: Kano Pillars, Nasarawa Utd Win To Reduce Akwa Utd’s Lead

A photo collage of the Akwa United Lineup, the Rivers UTDlineup and the Nasarawa lineup

 

Kano Pillars and Nasarawa United have intensified their chase for the Nigeria Professional Football League top position with vital victories on matchday 33.

The result also reduced Akwa United’s lead at the top of the table to just three points.

At the Ahmadu Bello Stadium in Kaduna, Pillars captain, Rabiu Ali scored his 13th goal of the season as Sai Masu Gida cruised to a 2-0 win over Dakkada FC. The hosts did all the work in first half with David Ebuka scoring the second goal in the 40th minute to ensure Pillars improve their points and stay third on the league table. This is the 17th win of the season for Pillars and the 15th loss for Dakkada.

At the Lafia Township Stadium, in-form striker, Silas Nwankwo scored his 14th goal of the season and it was all Nasarawa United needed to beat MFM FC 1-0. Nwankwo’s early goal secured the Solid Miners 18th win of the season and maintained their second position on the log.

In Port Harcourt, Rivers United almost recorded their first home defeat. With just 3 minutes to the end of the match, Bakary Bamba scored a stunning goal to rescue a point for the Pride of Rivers against Akwa United. Earlier, Charles Atshimene had shot the Promise Keepers into the lead and they held on to it until Bamba created his moment to keep the home invincibility record of the hosts.

With just 5 more games to play, Coach Kennedy Boboye’s team will cherish the point as they prepare to host Warri Wolves on matchday 34. Akwa United still leads the league with 3 points and still favourites to win the league title. Rivers United have dropped to fourth position on the log.

In Aba, Enyimba had to dig deep to beat Jigawa Golden Stars 2-1. Tosin Omoyele’s late goal stopped the visitors from leaving with a point. The win brings some relief to coach Fatai Osho’s team after a disappointing defeat at Akwa United. The People’s Elephant now have 57 points and are back in the top four.

The Oriental Derby between Heartland FC and Enugu Rangers at the Dan Anyiam Stadium in Owerri ended 2-1 in favour of the Naze Millionaires. All the goals came in the first half with Mbaoma Chijioke open scoring for the hosts. Elijah Ani levelled the scores in the 24th minute but it didn’t take long before Chijioke Akuneto restored the lead for Coach Fidelis Ilechukwu’s team and they held on to it to secure victory.

At the New Jos Stadium, Plateau United added to the woes of FC Ifeanyi Ubah by spanking them 4-0. Jackson Daniel, Oche Ochowechi, Muhammad Zulkifilu and Uche Onwuansoanya registered their names in the goalscorers chart. The Peace Boys have now gathered 47 points from 33 matches. The Anambra Warriors are now deeply rooted in the relegation zone.

At the Muhammadu Dikko Stadium, Katsina United and Lobi Stars played 1-1 while Wikki Tourists beat Abia Warriors 1-0 in Bauchi. Ibrahim Sale scored the lone goal in the 55th minute.

Warri Wolves and Sunshine Stars continued their fight to avoid relegation. Warri Wolves laboured to a 1-0 win over Kwara United while Sunshine Stars played a goalless draw with Adamawa United.

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Matchday 33 Results

Kano Pillars 2 Dakkada FC 0

Nasarawa United 1 MFM FC 0

Rivers United 1 Akwa United 1

Enyimba FC 2 Jigawa Golden Stars 1

Heartland FC 2 Rangers Int’l FC 1

Plateau United 4 FC Ifeanyi Ubah 0

Katsina United 1 Lobi Stars 1

Wikki Tourists 1 Abia Warriors 0

Warri Wolves 1 Kwara United 0

Adamawa United 0 Sunshine Stars 0

Captions

1. Nasarawa United line-up against FCIU on matchday 32 (Main story picture)

2. Rivers United line-up against Akwa United today in Port Harcourt

3. Akwa United line-up against Rivers United on matchday 33

NPFL: Nasarawa Utd Unbeaten Run Continue, Sunshine Stars Win In Uyo

Sadeeq Yusuf scores late goal for Sunshine Stars against Warri Wolves on January 24, 2021. Picture Courtesy: Sunshine Stars Media

 

Nasarawa United have produced arguably the major talking point of match day 6 in the Nigeria Professional Football League after beating Warri Wolves 2-1 to secure their unbeaten record.

Before the match, the Solid Miners had recorded three wins and 2 draws and they knew a trip to Ozoro will test the quality they’ve shown this season.

Interestingly, it was the home team that opened scoring through Uche Ihuarulam’s header in the 21st minute. Warri Wolves took that lead into the break.

When play resumed, both sides created chances but couldn’t find the goal until the 63rd minute when Silas Nwankwo scored to put the visitors back into the contest. The equaliser came after a show of poor defending by the hosts and just when they were hoping to regain the lead, Chinedu Ohanachom scored to put the visitors ahead and eventual seal victory.

The result is the second away win for coach Bala Nikyu’s team and shoots them to the top of the league table.

In Uyo, Sunshine Stars of Akure recorded their first away of the season with a 2-1 victory over Dakkada Football club.

A brace by the in-form Sadeeq Yusuf delivered maximum team for Coach Gbenga Ogunbote’s team that has now secured back to back wins. Yusuf got the party started in the 12th minute with a fine header.

The home team leveled the scored through Jesam Edet but it didn’t take long before Yusuf struck again to seal the win for the Akure Gunners.

After a disappointing 3-1 loss to Rivers United on matchday 5, Heartland picked themselves back up with a 2-1 victory over Akwa United in Owerri. This is the second win for the Naze Millionaires after their 2-0 win over Enyimba on matchday 4.

The result also means Akwa United is still in search of a second win this season. So far, the Promise Keepers have recorded 2 loses, 3 draws and 1 win, a 2-1 victory over Abia Warriors on matchday 3.

In Ilorin, Kwara United continued their fine form at home with a 1-0 win over FC Ifeayin Ubah. Goalkeeper Sharp Uzoigwe produced top saves to keep the visitors in the game until Olawale Farayola broke the deadlock in the 86th minute to give the Harmony Boys their third win of the season and fifth position on the standings.

Rangers and Lobi Stars played a goalless draw to share the spoils in Enugu while in Okigwe, Abia Warriors extended their winless run with a 0-0 result against MFM Football Club of Lagos.

On Monday, Adamawa United will take on Enyimba, while Wikki Tourists will play Jigawa Golden Stars in Bauchi. On Wednesday, Kano Pillars will clash with Rivers United to wrap-up matchday 6 action.

 

NFF Bans NPFL Matches Until Inspection Of Medical Facilities In Stadiums

NPFL 19: Kada City, Go Round Record Vital Away Victories
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The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has insisted that no Professional League match will be played until a full inspection is done on medical facilities and personnel, as provided in the agencies Club Licensing Regulations.

This follows the death of a Nasarawa United’s defender, Chineme Martins, who slumped during an NPFL clash against Katsina United in Lafia on Sunday.

According to the NFF in a statement on Monday, the directive is an immediate step to ensure that a repeat of the incidence that played out does not occur.

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The NFF has in conjunction with the Ministry of Sports engaged the LMC and reviewed the situation.

As an immediate first step, the NFF has directed that no further match be played except there is a full complement of the medical equipment and personnel as provided in the NFF Club Licensing Regulations.

All Match Commissioners and the host FA are to ensure they inspect all the facilities including carrying out test runs before giving go-ahead for any match to be played.

The NFF condoled with the family of the footballer and the football Stakeholders at large, expressing regrets over the incidence.

Nasarawa United Player Dies On The Field Of Play

 

The League Management Company (LMC) has confirmed the death of Nasarawa United’s defender, Chineme Martins, who slumped during Sunday’s NPFL clash against Katsina United in Lafia.

The player was attended to by medics of the two clubs and was later rushed to Dalhatu- Araf specialist hospital where he was pronounced dead.

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Chairman of LMC, Shehu Dikko says the league regrets the passing of the young footballer in his prime and that the LMC expects an autopsy to be carried out to establish the true cause of his death.

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.

Almakura Rewards Nasarawa United Players

nasarawa-unitedThe Nasarawa State Governor, Tanko Almakura, has rewarded the players of Nasarawa United FC despite their loss at the finals of the 2016 Federation Cup.

He gave the reward during a reception organised in their honour at the presidential lodge in Lafia where he presented all the players with plots of land at Karu Local Government Council and a token of 200,000 Naira each.

The plots are within the corridors of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja close to the Karu International Market.

He told the crowd that the area considered is the Koroduma district which is just 500 meters from the market.

The Governor also assured them that the road to the housing estate given to the players would be named Nasarawa United Road.

He says the gesture is to spur them to do more in doing the state proud.

Governor Almakura further promises to conclude the Nasarawa township stadium in the next two months, expressing optimism that when completed the stadium would motivate the players to perform at their best calling on other team to take their time.

“By the time we complete the stadium and get the whole field ready for this boys, every team should take their time in Nigeria because Nasarawa state will write history in the history of football in Nigeria,” he said.

On their part, the players expressed gratitude to the governor.

Shammah Tanzi, who spoke on behalf of his team mates, said they were jittery about their performance but only to come home to be celebrated by the governor and their families.

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.

FC Ifeanyi Ubah Win 2016 Federation Cup Final 

FC Ifeanyi Ubah Win 2016 Federation Cup Final FC Ifeanyi Ubah, have clinched a first-ever Federation Cup after they beat Nasarawa United 5-4 on penalties in the final after both teams failed to score in regulation time.

Fc Ifeanyi Ubah impressively converted all their kicks, while their keeper Uche Okafor saved one from Nasarawa United.

The Nnewi club, will now represent Nigeria in the 2017 CAF Confederation Cup.

It was the first time these two clubs would play in the final of the oldest football competition in Nigeria.

FC Ifeanyi Ubah defeated giant killers, Crown FC 2-1 while Nasarawa United shocked tournament favorites, Enyimba FC 1-0 to set the tone for an epic final.

Rivers Angels earlier emerged champions of the 2016 Federation Cup in the women’s final against Bayelsa United.

 Rafiat Sule got the opener in the 20th minute for the United but her celebration did not last long as Osinachi Ohale levelled the scoreline five minutes later.

Both sides were unable to break the deadlock in the second half.

The game consequently headed to penalties for the second successive year and Rivers Angels won the title 5-3 on penalties.

Both finals of the 2016 Federation Cup were played on Sunday at the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos.

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.

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