Liman Extends Stay With Niger Tornadoes

 

Ahead of the 2018/19 Nigeria professional football league season, Amadu Liman has renewed his contract with Niger Tornadoes that will keep him at Minna through October 2021.

Liman graduated to the main team of the Ikon Allah Boys from the club youth ranks at the beginning of the 2015/16 season.

There are speculations that the young star was contacted by Kwara United to team up with the club in Ilorin before the season kicks off, but the forward denied the move.

“Niger Tornadoes gave me the opportunity to express myself, this is my home and Niger Tornadoes is my club”.

“I thank the management for the understanding; I’m looking for the new season,” he said.

Liman has proven to be a pillar in Tornadoes midfield.

With good Intelligence, balance and field vision, his qualities are useful in defence and invaluable on the attack.

His excellent positioning on the field also allows him to be a multi-faceted asset at both ends.

Liman is indispensable in the build-up and distribution of the ball, always making the right decisions when passing, which gives his teammates a tactical advantage.

He is also sharp with the ball at his feet and mesmerizes fans, teammates and opponents alike with extraordinary simplicity.

He made his debut match against Nasarawa United in the 2015/2016 season where he played a vital role for Niger Tornadoes to beat the Solid miners 2-1.

Akwa United Beat Niger Tornadoes To Win Aiteo Cup

Governor Ambode with Governor Emmanuel Udom (2nd right); Deputy Governor of Niger State, Mr. Ahmed Muhammed Ketso (right); President of Nigerian Football Federation (NFF), Mr. Amaju Pinnick (left); representative of Sport Minister, Mr. Nansel Nimyel (2nd left) and Captain of Akwa United, Otobong Effiong (3rd left) during the cheque presentation to the winners of the AITEO Cup.

Akwa United beat Niger Tornadoes on penalties to win the 2017 Aiteo Cup after a 0-0 draw in Sunday’s final in Lagos.

Striker Gabriel Okechukwu scored the decisive spot-kick in sudden death to win the shoot-out 3-2 after both teams failed to score in a drab match.

Substitute Okechukwu had failed to convert the biggest chance of the day in the 85th minute when he was clear on goal with only goalkeeper Mustapha Aliko to beat.

The victory means that Akwa will play in the CAF Confederation Cup next season, having lost in the 2016 preliminary round.

In a dire first 45 minutes, Friday Ubong was denied a clear sight on goal by a timely header from Niger Tornadoes defender Reuben Ogbonnaya.

Musa Newman was let down by a poor first touch just before half-time, with the teams having to wait until penalties to decide the final.

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Niger Tornadoes Progress To 2017 Aiteo Cup Final

Niger Tornadoes have qualified for 2017 Aiteo Cup final after beating holders FC Ifeanyi Ubah 4-3 on aggregate.

The Minna club won the semi-final first leg 4-2 in Lokoja at the weekend, before they lost the return leg 1-0 in Nnewi on Thursday.

Niger Tornadoes will now wait for the winners of the other semi-final between Akwa United and Sunshine Stars which comes up on Sunday, October 8 at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium Uyo.

 

Shuaibu Amodu’s Death Is Great Loss To Football Community – Oshiomhole

Adams Oshiomhole, Shuaibu Amodu, Amodu Shuaibu Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole, has described the death of former Super Eagles Coach, Shuaibu Amodu, as a great loss to the football community.

Governor Oshiomhole said this in Okpella Etsako East Local Government Area of Edo State in southern Nigeria, where the remains of the four–time coach of the Super Eagles was being laid to rest.

He said that the demise of Shuaibu Amodu was indeed a big loss, especially when Nigeria was still mourning the demise of another former player and coach of the senior national team, Stephen Keshi.

At the burial rites in his hometown, officials of the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) and well-wishers joined members of his immediate family to pay the former tactician of BCC Loins of Gboko his last respect.

The NFF, in a statement by its Communication Department, described the late technical director as one of the best coaches Nigeria had produced.Amodu shaibu

The 58-year-old died in the early hours of Saturday, after complaining of chest pain on Friday night.

Shuaibu Amodu had Coach Keshi who died three days prior to his death, as his assistant at the 2002 Cup of Nations in Mali.

He was born on April 18, 1958 and played as a striker for Dumez and Niger Tornadoes before ending his career after a leg injury.

Reactions Trail NPFL Matchday 10 Results

NPFLWhile some coaches of various clubs in the NPFL are happy with their team, others have given reasons for their failure in the Matchday 10 fixtures.

Giwa FC Head Coach, Gbenga Ogunbote, says the determination of his players was the reason they beat the former NPFL champions, Kano Pillars.

The Jos Elephants defeated the Pyramid City side 2-0 at the Rwang Pam stadium in Plateau State.

Ogunbote said that the victory was a hard earned one as Kano Pillars were one of the toughest teams in the Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL).

In his reaction, Kano Pillars Coach, Mohammed Ganaru, raised issues about Giwa FC’s waterlogged pitch, which he said was responsible for the defeat his side suffered.kano-pillars

Goals from central forwards, David Sunday and Moses Opitoke, proved enough to hand Giwa FC their first ever victory against the Kano based club.

Kano Pillars are currently 9th on the NPFL table with 15 points from nine league games.

Akwa United Coach, Ere Dokubo, admitted that his boys lost several scoring chances, as the 2015 Federation Cup champions suffered another home defeat in the top flight division.

akwa unitedHowever, Coach Dokubo was confident that his side would bounce back from the defeats ahead of their next clash against Niger Tornadoes.

With the scores levelled at 1-1, Abia Warriors took advantage of a defensive error by the host to secure their victory.

Elsewhere, Rivers United technical adviser, Stanley Eguma, expressed relief to have picked another three points against El-Kanemi Warriors.

After being handed a three-game ultimatum, Eguma led his side to two successive wins in the 10 weeks old league.

The win has helped Rivers United progress to fifth on the NPFL table, as the El-Kanemi Warriors suffered their sixth defeat 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.

Niger Tornadoes: Governor Orders Payment Of LMC Surety Bond

lmcNiger State Governor, Abubakar Sani Bello, has directed the immediate payment of 25 million Naira surety bond to the League Management Committee (LMC).

This is to allow the state’s Football Club, ‘Niger Tornadoes’, participate in the Nigeria Premier League.

Governor Bello gave the directive when he received Tornadoes FC and other sports associations at the Government House in Minna.

He said that both the Commissioner for Youths and Sports Development and his counterpart, the Commissioner for Finance, should ensure quick payment of the money.

The Governor commended Tornadoes FC for gaining promotion again to the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL), the country’s apex league.

He said, “I have been following the progress of Tornadoes keenly and I promise that the team will be given all the needed support to perform credibly well and make the state proud.”

The Governor also told the team that despite the economic challenges bedevilling the state, the government will provide them with a bus for players’ comfort, considering the number of matches they would play.

He, however, bemoaned the poor state of sports facilities in the state, saying that he has already entered discussions with some groups for the state to have a befitting modern stadium.

The Chairman of Tornadoes Management Committee (TMC), Hon. Adamu Aliyu Mohammed, commended the State Governor for directing the payment of the surety bond, as well as the donation of a bus.

Hon. Mohammed told the Governor that some of the players that won the NNL Super 4 have been retained, while tested players who took part in 2015 NPEL have been brought in to make the club strong enough to stand the test of time.

Tornadoes will play their first match away to Plateau United, and will host Giwa FC in their first home match to be played in her adopted Confluence Stadium, Lokoja.

Keshi: Yobo, Osaze, Lukman are not forgotten

Super Eagles head coach, Stephen Keshi has again declared that captain of the team, Joseph Yobo, Osaze Odemwengie, Haruna Lukman and Chinedu Obasi Ogbuke and others who have not featured in his plans are still part of the team but warned against being sentimental in the judgment of the public. 

“We don’t want to play names but any player who can bring success to the team is what we are after and if these players we have mentioned have it then they can go with us to the World Cup. We have players as old as 39years old playing at top level for their countries and some have been very successful at that, I want to see that happen in Nigeria”.

Keshi who also spoke extensively on the forthcoming African Nations Championship in South Africa, says he will make no promises of winning the trophy but hopes the team puts up a good performance and make football fans happy. “It’s because we’ve got little or no time and we are working with new boys on this project but I hope we do the nation proud at the CHAN tournament but I cannot promise the trophy”.

Meanwhile, the big boss has revealed that the team might be camped in the United States ahead of the 2014 Fifa World Cup in Brazil. Preferably in a city that has the same climatic condition as Sao Paulo, which the Eagles have picked as their permanent base during the Mundial.

Keshi mentioned two cities, Miami, Florida and Houston, Texas as possible destination but added that the final decision will be taken by the NFF.

The former Super Eagles captain commended the NFF for being very supportive of the national team and declared that contrary to widely held views, all teams in the Super Eagles World Cup group are very dangerous. “Why are we talking of only Argentina, we can defeat Argentina but Iran qualified long before us and Bosnia Herzegovina also did their qualification in style with plenty goals and we must not underrate any of these teams”, he concluded.

As part of preparations for the 2014 African Nations Championship, Keshi’s home based team beat Nigeria Premier League side Niger Tornadoes of Minna 2-0 and will play another game with Plateau United on Saturday at the Abuja National Stadium.

Players Exit a Worry for Niger Tornadoes

The impending departure of leading scorer Ebinum Azuka to Warri Wolves has sparked off reports of players’ exodus away from Niger Tornadoes.

Midfielder Destiny Gbenga headed off to Sunshine Stars of Akure, while experienced central defender Promise Onuh has pitched tent with Gombe United.

The reason for the players’ departure is due to unfulfilled promises from the management of the club.

Azuka has fired five goals for the Minna club thus far.

Niger Tornadoes are 11th on the table with 10 points from eight matches in the Nigerian Premier League