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.

NPFL: Ikorodu United, Sunshine Stars React To Goalless Draw

NPFL-Ikorodu-United-Sunshine-Stars-Eyimba FCNigerian Professional Football League (NPFL) newcomers, Ikorodu United, are confident they will bounce back from their poor run of results.

The Lagos based team, who are bottom of the table with six points from 11 matches, were held to a goalless draw by Sunshine Stars of Akure in their Matchday 11 clash at the Onikan Stadium.

While the team’s technical adviser looked forward with hope that things would change, midfielder, Augustine Agbane was reflecting on the game. He said that they gave their best but luck was not on their side.

On his side, Sunshine Stars Head Coach, Solomon Ogbeide, said that he was impressed with the away draw against Ikorodu United.

Sunshine Stars are 18th in the NPFL with eight points from nine games and Coach Ogbeide said that the team have shown commitment that they could fight for a continental ticket.

Meanwhile, the technical adviser of Enyimba FC has cautioned his side not to let down their guard.

The team’s coach asked them to expect a tough fight back from Etoile Du Sahel despite their 3-0 advantage in the CAF Champions League.

Sensational striker, Mfon Udoh, was the hero of the day as his team sank the Tunisian side at the Adokiye Amiesimaka stadium in Port Harcourt, south-south Nigeria.

Udoh expressed confidence that the two-time African Champions would seal their victory in Tunisia.

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.

Rangers, MFM FC React To NPFL Clash Outcome

Rangers - MFM - NPFLEnugu Rangers Coach, Imama Amapakabo, says he is happy to pick a point in the NPFL against the newly promoted MFM FC.

Amapakabo admitted that the hosts were no underdogs in the top flight division, hence his team came well prepared.

In his reaction, MFM FC Head Coach, Fidelis Ilechukwu, saiud he was not impressed with the 1-1 draw against visiting Enugu Ranger.

Ilechukwu wants the team to remain focus ahead of their next league game when they visit Warri Wolves in Delta State.

Rangers took the lead through Obinna Nwobodo nine minutes before the break, as Sunday Odey got the equaliser in the 68th minute to hand MFM 16 points from 10 league games.

With the draw, Enugu Rangers dropped to second on the league table with 18 points from 10 league games while MFM FC slipped to 6th spot in the Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL).

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.

Sunshine Stars Sack Unuanel and Abiodun

Sunshine StarsThe Ondo State Football Agency has sacked the Chief Coach of Sunshine Stars, Samson Unuanel and the club’s technical director, Henry Abiodun.

The agency said Unuanel and Abiodun were relieved of their jobs owing to internal wrangling within the team which had affected the performance of the players this season.

They announced that Kayode Olujoungbe would take charge of the team pending the appointment of a substantive coach.

Sunshine Stars become the second club to sack their coach after Heartland did same to Bethel Orji on Sunday.

The former Sunshine Stars coach’s dismissal came after he said the team gave a good fight despite the 2-1 loss to new comers MFM FC.

In his post-match press conference, Unuanel had expressed confidence that his side would bounce back from their defeat and focus on the next game against FC Ifeanyi Ubah on Sunday.

Sunshine Stars Coach Confident Despite Loss To MFM

Sunshine StarsSunshine Stars coach, Samson Unuanel, says his team gave a good fight despite the 2-1 defeat against new comers MFM FC.

In his post-match press conference, Unuanel expressed confidence that his side would bounce back from their defeat and focus on the next game against FC Ifeanyi Ubah on Sunday.

Former Sunshine Stars striker, Musa Newman, opened the scoring in the 25th minute against his old club while Kadri Samad drew level for the ‘Akure Gunners’ in the 39th minute.

Substitute Stephen Odey sealed the win for MFM with four minutes left on regulation time.

Sunshine Stars are currently 17th on the Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL) table with a point from four league games.

Meanwhile, MFM FC Assistant Coach, Suleiman Ali, has commended his team for the hard-fought victory against Sunshine Stars of Akure in week 4 of the NPFL.

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.

Nigerian League Signs N5.1 Billion Four Year Deal With Supersport

League Management Committee (LMC) has announced a deal worth N5.1 billion with South African broadcast company, Supersport.

The deal, which is for an initial period of 2015-2019, is expected to turn around the fortunes of Nigeria’s top flight league.

Meanwhile, the Minister of Sports and Chairman, National Sports Commission (NSC), Mr. Bolaji Abdullahi on Monday reaffirmed the commitment of the federal government to develop the Nigerian Professional Football League.

Speaking in Abuja while receiving the report of the league management committee presented by its chairman, Mr. Nduka Irabor, the minister applauded the committee for their effort in securing a $34 million deal to Nigerian football.

Abdullahi who advised football club proprietors to show more commitment in order to improve the standard of the game however warned referees and club administrators to desist from fixing matches saying it is a criminal act and anyone caught will be handed over to the independent corrupt practices commission.