Etoile And Enyimba To Play On Wednesday

EnyimbaThe return leg clash of the CAF Champions League between Tunisian club side, Etoile Du Sahel and Enyimba of Aba will be played on Wednesday in Sousse.

Enyimba won the first leg in Port Harcourt 3-0 courtesy of a hat-trick by Mfon Udoh.

The seven-time Nigeria champions will train under floodlights in Sousse on Tuesday night.

The overall winners of this tie will march on to the group stage of the Champions League, while the losers drop down to the second-tier Confederation Cup.

The game has been fixed for 6pm Nigerian time.

Enyimba advanced to the final round of qualifiers 6-3 on aggregate at the expense of Vital Ó of Burundi.

Despite losing 2-1 in the second leg, the Elephants of Aba progressed having defeated the Burundians 5-1 in Aba.

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.

CAF Champions League: Enyimba Advance To Final Qualifying Round

Champions LeagueIn the CAF Champions League, Nigeria Premier League champions, Enyimba have advanced to the final round of qualifiers.

Despite losing 2-1 in the second leg to Vital Ó of Burundi, the Elephants of Aba progressed 6-3 on aggregate.

Ikechukwu Ibenegbu scored for Paul Aigbogun’s men in the 28th minute but went on to concede two goals in the game.

Enyimba need to cross the next hurdle that comes in order to make it to the money spinning stage of the CAF Champions League.

Mixed Fortunes

Meanwhile, Warri Wolves have crashed out of the CAF Champions League after failing to overturn a first leg deficit against El Merreikh of Sudan.

Peter Nieketen’s boys eventually lost the tie 2-0 on aggregate.

Nasarawa United also tasted the bitter pill of defeat in the CAF Confederation Cup after losing 4-1 to Algeria’s CS Constantine.

With this result the solid miners have been shown the exit door as the tie ended 4-2 on aggregate in favour of their opponents.

CAF Confederation Cup: Nasarawa United Beat Gen Foot 

Nasarawa UnitedAn 89th minute goal was all that Nasarawa United FC of Lafia needed to overrun the Youthful Generation Foot Football Club of Senegal as the home boys popularly known as solid miners clinched the match scoring two goals to one.

The match played at the Abuja national stadium saw the solid miners taking the lead in the seventh minute through a goal scored by Tayo Fabiyi.

Attempts to increase the tally failed as the visitors frustrated every move of the home boys to increase the tally.

With a one goal deficit conceded in the first half, the visiting generation foot football club of Senegal changed the pace and tempo of the game upon resumption of the second half and their efforts paid off in the 47th minute with an equalizer from Ibrahim Niane.

A foul within the penalty area of the visitors in the 88th minute saw the Nasarawa boys taking the lead in the 89th minute as Sogbeso Seun converted the spot kick to end the game at 2-1 in favour of Nasarawa United.

Warri Wolves Walk Over Sao Tome Club

Meanwhile Warri Wolves progressed to the next round of the 2016 CAF Champions League without kicking a ball.

The Warri side were to host Praia Cruz in the first leg of the preliminary round but the Sao Tome club did not show up.

Wolves will now prepare to face Sudanese champions, Al-Merreikh, in March.

CAF: Nasarawa United’s Opponent To Arrive Abuja On Friday

Nasarawa UnitedNasarawa United’s CAF Confederation Cup opponent, Generation Foot, will arrive in Abuja on Friday ahead of Sunday’s preliminary round clash.

The Senegalese FA Cup winners have informed the Nigeria Football Federation that it has decided to take care of their stay in Nigeria, with the implication that the solid miners will also take care of their stay in Dakar in the return leg.

While Generation Foot is campaigning on the continent for the first time, Nasarawa United played in the CAF Confederation Cup in 2007 after crashing out of the more lucrative CAF Champions League.

The winner of the fixture between Nasarawa United and Generation Foot will proceed to the second round, to battle it out with Club Sportif Constantinois of Algeria.

Enyimba Confident Of Top Finish In Super 4

npfl-enyimbaEnyimba captain, Chinedu Udoji, is confident the NPFL champions are very much in the race to win the Super 4 tournament in Uyo.

The People’s Elephant are third on the log on seven points, one point behind leaders, Akwa United, after two matches.

The Nigerian champions were beaten 2-1 by Nasarawa United on Wednesday’s match clash in Uyo.

The NPFL Super 4 contest will come to an end on Friday with Enyimba facing the home side, Akwa United, while Warri Wolves tackle Nasarawa United.

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.

LMC Suspends 3 NPFL Referees Indefinitely

lmcThe League Management Company (LMC) has suspended three referees indefinitely from handling games of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL).

The suspended referees are Ferdinand Udoh, Peter Efozia and Tejiri Diogori.

They were punished for poor management of match day 35 fixture between FC Taraba and Nasarawa United, played at the Jolly Nyame Stadium in Jalingo, Taraba State.

The match was disrupted in the 81st minute by fans of FC Taraba, thereby bringing the league into disrepute.

They have also been referred to the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) Referees Committee for further investigation of their management of the match.

Akwa United Defeat Nasarawa United 2-0

akwa unitedAkwa United Coach, Zachary Baraje, has expressed his team’s hope of escaping relegation and winning the Federation Cup for the first time in their history this season.

Baraje’s team stopped high-flying Nasarawa United on Friday night in a Nigeria League week 31 game, to boost his team’s survival hopes.

Aniekpeno Udoh put the home team ahead after 36 minutes off a well-taken corner from the left.

It was his seventh league goal of the season.

Adio Yusuf then rifled home an unstoppable free kick from distance in the 71st minute to make the game safe for Akwa United.

Akwa United are now 14th on the table with 37 points from 31 matches and they will battle Lobi Stars in the 2015 Federation Cup final.

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.

Kano Pillars Stunned In Home Loss To Nasarawa After 12 Years

kano pillarsThe Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL) defending champions, Kano Pillars have been beaten at home for the first time in 12 years, following a 1-2 defeat in the hands of visiting Nasarawa United at the Sani Abacha Stadium.

Mannir Ubale and Yaro Bature scored the goals for the Lafia-based club.

Sunshine Stars thrashed El-kanemi Warriors 5-nil to boost Coach Kennedy Boboye’s men chance of lifting their first domestic title.

In other games played on Sunday, Sharks FC beat Bayelsa United at home by a lone goal, while Akwa United and Giwa FC settled for a 2-2 draw.

Rangers International and Dolphins of Port Harcout played a 1-1 draw, as Warri Wolves edged out Wikki Tourists 1-nil.

Abia Warriors beat Heartland FC 1-nil, while Kwara United also defeated Shooting Stars by same score line.