NNL: Shooting Stars, Ibom Youth Record First Away Wins


Shooting Stars Sports Club (3SC) FC of Ibadan and Ibom Youth FC of Uyo have recorded the first away victories in 2020/2021 Nigeria National League season

In a Southern conference group B2 week 2 encounter, Ibom Youth edged Godosky of Anambra 1-0. Striker, Daniel Ekpo scored in the 17minute of the match played at Neros Stadium, Nanka, Anambra State.

Ibom Youth played 1-1 against FC One Rocket in their first game of the campaign in Ikot Ekpene

In group B1, Shooting Stars pipped Giant Brillars FC 1-0 at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium, Enugu. Opeoluwa Olufemi’s goal made the difference and also ensured 3SC seal a second victory to maintain leadership of the group.

In another group B1 encounter, Vandrezzer FC beat Nilayo FC 1-0 at the Agege Stadium, Lagos to record their first win of the season.


Matchday 2 Results


 Group A2

Zamfara United 2 Kebbi United 0


Northern Conference A1

Gombe United 1 Sokoto United 0

Green Berets FC 1 Rarara FC 0

Mighty Jets 2 Oyah Sports Int’l FC 0

FC Taraba 1 NAF FC 0

Southern Conference B1

Osun United 1 Nnewi United 1

Vandrezzer FC 1 Nilayo FC 0

Calabar Rovers FC 3 Dynamite Force FC 0

Giant Brillars FC,Enugu 0 Shooting Stars 1

Go-Round FC 2 Stationery Stores 1

 Group B2

Gateway United 1 Crown FC 0

Bendel Insurance FC 2-1 Joy Cometh FC of Lagos,venue – Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, Benin.

Godosky FC 0 Ibom Youth 1 FC

G&H Shekarau FC 1 Yobe Desert Stars 1

Kogi Utd FC 0 Malumfashi FC 0

ABS FC,Ilorin 2 DMD FC 0

Niger Tornadoes 2 Road Safety FC 0

Sunday Fixtures

Abia Comets vs Apex Crane

El-Kanemi Warriors vs EFCC FC, Abuja

Ekiti United vs Delta Force

Bayelsa United vs Remo Stars

NNL To Hold Emergency Congress January 30



The Nigeria National League (NNL) has scheduled an emergency congress for Saturday, January 30 in Abakaliki, the Ebonyi State capital.

The decision for the congress is to address a troubling issue following the inability of the forty-six (46) clubs to meet registration requirements.

On January 15, officials of the lower tier league announced Saturday, 30th January as the kick-off date for the 2020/2021 season but only one club from the forty-six (46) has met the registration conditions for the 2020-2021 season.

The league body has urged the clubs to complete the registration on or before Monday, February 1 and warned that any club that fails to comply risks automatic withdrawal as enshrined in the rule book.

The NNL, Nigeria’s second tier league which provides a platform for teams to gain promotion into the top tier league has been on hold since December due to administrative, financial and recently COVID-19 challenges.

Nigeria’s Division Two Football League Lists Medical Conditions Ahead Of New Season

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Ahead of the 2020/2021 season of the Nigeria National League and in a renewed effort to ensure that lives of players and officials are adequately protected, the NNL leadership has reeled out important medical conditions aimed at safeguarding the fitness of players and officials on and off the pitch.

According to the league’s Chief Operating Officer, Mr Emmanuel Adesanya, it has become imperative considering recent incidents of deaths recorded on the field of play and the harsh effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The medical conditions are very clear on the rule books governing Association Football, it is a crusade that will ensure adequate medical facilities are provided at all times by Clubs in our League,” he said

Mr Adesanya reiterated the provisions of the NNL rule book on the need for every club to have medical professionals which should comprise the following:

1. A medical doctor, nurse, physiotherapist and masseur for matches.

2. Clubs are to carry out a medical examination on all contract players and coaches and have medical records of which should be made available for inspection by authorized representatives of the League body.

3. Players’ medical record to other clubs during transfer and negotiation of a player by the club holding the player.

4. Clubs are to maintain a medical insurance scheme approved by the NNL.

5. Compulsory first aid medical services at every match venue, with clubs and their state Football Associations providing stretchers and Ambulances well equipped with basic medical gadgets.

6. Clubs will present a certificate of medical fitness of all players and coaching staff. Such certificate must be endorsed by a doctor with his contact details from a reputable and designated government-owned medical centre in the state.

It is worthy to note that the NNL is working to synergize with reputable government-approved medical centres to ensure absolute compliance by the clubs.

Amapakabo Wants Rangers To Hold On To Celebration

Federation Cup, enugu rangers, Rangers, Imama Amapakabo, NPFLEnugu Rangers head coach, Imama Amapakabo, wants his team to hold to their celebrations despite being just a point away from becoming champions in the 2015/2016 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) season.

The Flying Antelopes recorded an impressive 2-1 win over relegated, Ikorodu United on Sunday in Abeokuta to boost the chances of winning their seventh top-flight title.

Amapakabo told Channels Television that although the side are close to winning the title they still have to win the last day match against El Kanemi Warriors to be properly crowned the undisputed champions.

Enugu Rangers are top on the league table with  60 points; three ahead of closest challengers, Rivers United with a game to play.

Remo Stars Promoted

Meanwhile, coach of Remo Stars, Nduka Ugbade says his side are not carried away after gaining promotion to the Nigeria Professional Football League next season.

Coach Ugbade told Channels Television that the team would rather concentrate on their last league game against UNICEM Rovers at home.

No matter the outcome of the game, Remo Stars are heading to the NPFL for the first time, having recorded an unassailable 28 points in their Division B1 of the NNL.

But Ugbade says they plan to finish a successful campaign on a high in front of their fans in Ijebu-Ode to justify the investment of club owner, Kunle Soname.

NNL Warns Football Clubs Against Assault On Officials

NNLThe board of the Nigeria National League (NNL) has read the riot act to clubs participating in the league saying an assault on match officials will now attract a fine of one million naira to be paid within 14 days in addition to the banishment of such teams.

Chairman of the Nigeria National League (NNL), Mr Emeka Inyama, who announced this in Abuja, said that the board can no longer tolerate the increasing assault on match officials by some football clubs and their fans.

In a communique made available to journalists, the board resolved that in view of the pending disciplinary matters, inspection of stadia with defects and to allow for the rescheduling of outstanding matches, the second phase of the league will now kick off on July 25.

The board further warned all clubs indebted to the league in any manner to clear such indebtedness before the resumption of the second round or risk been barred from further participating in the Nigeria National League.

Gov Ahmed Advocates Public-Private Partnership In Sports

The Kwara State Governor, Mr Abdulfatah Ahmed, kwarahas advocated for Public-Private Partnership in the sports sector to harness the opportunities therein.

Governor Ahmed made the call while receiving board members of the Nigeria National League (NNL), led by its Chairman, Mr Emeka Inyama, at the Government House, Ilorin, Kwara state capital.

He also emphasised the need to create a sustainable entertainment world that would allow interface between football and business and called for investments in that sector for the growth of the round leather game.

Governor Ahmed, who identified sport as a unifying factor for national cohesion, stressed the need to use football in molding youths in Kwara and Nigeria at large, to shape their mental capacities, for the growth and development of the nation.

The Governor further said the state had positioned itself at both sub-national and national levels, assuring the gathering that the state would continue to host more competitions for the mental strength of players and spectators.

Earlier in his remarks, the Board Chairman of the NNL, Mr Inyama, explained that the NNL had been re-branded with enhanced credibility and integrity, calling for sponsors to further promote the league.

Mr Inyama commended the state government for its investment in sports and for the promotion of the Kwara United Football Club to the elite division; the Nigeria Professional Football League.