Rivers United, NFF At Loggerheads Over PPG Verdict

Rivers United
A file photo of Rivers United logo

 

Rivers United have dispelled talks that a deal has been agreed with the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to accept whatever decision that emanates from the ongoing intervention on the interpretation of the Points-Per-Game (PPG) verdict on the 2019/2020 football season.

Speaking during the inspection of the re-construction and re-grassing work at the main bowl and football training pitches of the Adokiye Amiesimaka Sports Complex in Port Harcourt, Rivers State Commissioner for Sports, Boma Iyaye, insisted that reports being circulated in the media do not reflect the true position of what transpired at a virtual meeting with the NFF.

“Rivers United did not at any time agree with the NFF on anything and that definitely is not what transpired at the meeting.

“During the virtual meeting, there were lots of arguments on our stand that we remain in the second position, which we rightfully deserve,” Iyaye told reporters in Port Harcourt on Wednesday.

 

FIFA’s Intervention?

In a recent interview with Channels Sports, President of Nigeria Football Federation, Amaju Pinnick, confirmed there was a virtual meeting where they discussed how to reach an understanding.

Expressing his opinion on the issue, Pinnick advised Rivers United to stop contesting the PPG verdict.

When asked if the Port Harcourt based club has a case, he responded, “I don’t think so.

“In our last executive committee meeting, the issue came out. We were meant to ratify the decision by the League Management because they had already made their decision based on extensive consultation and it’s in line with their rule book.

“But just for fairness, we decided at the executive committee meeting that we should, again refer it to the football committee headed by the first vice president and we gave them a mandate to deliver a report in the next few days.”

And it is that fairness that the NFF president mentioned that Rivers United wants.

The club management believes the PPG process was flawed and Mr Iyaye confirmed they would keep fighting for justice.

He said, “We called on them to obey their own rules which guide the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL). We also talked about how the LMC used an inconclusive head-to-head, which runs contrary to the rules; we x-rayed the situation in other leagues across the world in the realisation that FIFA and CAF do not interfere in the domestic operations of its affiliates.”

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A file photo of NFF logo.

Providing more details from the virtual meeting, the NFF president is optimistic they will reach an agreement.

“We had a very interesting session and we also agreed that after all these consultations, especially with the football committee, if you believe you have superior argument, then why not?” Pinnick questioned.

He added, “I’ve also told them that if it means we write to FIFA for advice which I’ve already done, with FIFA’s advice, the football committee will look at it and we will harmonise all and present a final verdict.

“The Commissioner of Sports in Rivers State confirmed the credibility of what we are doing and whatever comes out, they will accept. And that’s the spirit, if you believe our argument is objectively superior, not subjectively superior, objectively and scientifically proven, then we believe you should allow it to fly.”

 

‘Our Position’

Channels Television reached out to the Rivers State Commissioner for Sports, Boma Iyaye, and he refutes the comments of the NFF president.

“All he said wasn’t true. We stated our position and he said he will make further consultations and get back to us. We didn’t agree to any decision. Those are tricks.

“We do not have a problem with the points-per-game model but it should be implemented the right way. The NFF should respect article 2.9 of their rule book,” said the commissioner.

“Don’t make a decision to favour a particular party. We are seeking justice. They should do the right thing. We are ready to fight this to a logical conclusion,” he concluded.

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NPFL Matchday Five Produces Three Away Victories, 15 Goals

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Plateau United, Rivers United and newly promoted Dakkada FC have recorded vital away victories in Matchday 5 of the 2019/2020 Nigeria Professional Football League.

Still relishing in their first league win, after beating Ifeanyi Ubah FC 1-0 on matchday 4 in Uyo, Dakkada FC travelled to Enugu to create a major upset.

Rangers have been struggling this season. With just one win (1-0 over Sunshine Stars on matchday one) from four matches and occupying an embarrassing position on the league table, the Flying Antelopes had nothing but victory on their minds when they filed out to take on Dakkada FC in Enugu.

When the action began, the troubles of Rangers was exposed to the people of Enugu. Eighteen minutes into the match, Femi Ajayi opened the scoring for the visitors. No one saw it coming but there was more come.

Just before the break, Isaac George doubled the lead for the visitors and the problems of Rangers and their fans at the stadium. The 2015/2016 league champions couldn’t do much to change the outcome of the match. It ended Rangers 0 Dakkada FC 2. Shocking!

League leaders, Plateau United continued their fine form to the season with a 1-3 victory over Delta Force in Asaba.

As early as six minutes into the match, Coach Abdul Maikaba’s team were already creating chances. Ibrahim Mustapha missed a clear chance to put the team ahead. He had just the goalkeeper to beat but couldn’t take the chance.

In the 36th minute, Plateau United paid for the missed chances when Delta Force was awarded a penalty. Kazie Eyinnaya stepped up to the spot and scored to give the home team the lead. That was the wake-up call for Plateau United and moments later, they levelled up after Uche Onwuasoanya benefited from a goalkeeping error.

In the second half, Plateau United turned up the heat. Michael Ibeh’s goal in the 72nd minute gave them the lead while Ibrahim Mustapha’s goal in extra time sealed the victory for the visitors at the Stephen Keshi Stadium in Asaba.

The victory ensured Plateau United maintained their position at the top of the league table and still unbeaten. Their next match is against struggling Kano Pillars at the New Jos Stadium in Jos.

Rivers United Players

 

Rivers United added to the woes of Delta State teams with a 0-1 victory over Warri Wolves at the Warri Stadium. Coming from a decent performance against MFM FC in Lagos, where they shared points in 1-1 draw, they failed to replicate same against a determined Rivers United team.

37 minutes into the match, Cletus Emotan sent in a cross from a free-kick and it found the head of an unmarked Stephen Gopey to give the Port Harcourt based team the lead. Warri Wolves pushed and fought to draw level but it didn’t happen for them. Rivers United will take maximum points back home and hope to consolidate in their next match against Abia Warriors.

Matchday five also ended well for Katsina United as they beat Sunshine Stars 2-0. The Changi Boys left it late till the 80th minute for Tasiu Lawal to score the opener. At the dying minutes of regulation time, Gambo Muhammad scored his first goal for the club to seal the victory for the home team.

Enyimba Football Club of Aba also returned to winning ways. Coming from a difficult defeat to Sunshine Stars on Matchday 4 in Akure, the People’s Elephant needed to win when they took on Adamawa United. They got the victory.

The victory was sealed in the first half. A brace from Victor Mbaoma in the 20th and 26th minutes of the match made the difference and were good enough to shoot Enyimba to third on the league table with 10 points.

 

Lobi Stars Players Arrive venue of the fixture against Ifeanyi Ubah FC

 

The other teams from the east also recorded victories, except FC Ifeanyi Ubah that played a goalless draw with Lobi Stars in Nnewi. Abia Warriors defeated MFM FC of Lagos 1-0. Assisted by Zinte Udeh, Oghenetega Ebetomane scored from close range to seal the victory for the home team.

Finally, Coach Fidelis Ilechukwu can breathe as Heartland recorded their first win of the season after beating Jigawa Golden Stars 1-0. Thanks to Ugochukwu Leonard whose goal made the difference. The Naze Millionaires now have 2 loses, 2 draws and 1 win from five matches. Up next for them is Wikki Tourists at the Pantami Stadium in Gombe.

 

Kano Pillar player fights for the ball with a player of Wikki Tourist

 

The struggles of Kano Pillars continued with a 0-0 result with Wikki Tourists. The former league champions are yet to record a win this season and have recorded just two points from four matches.

Another struggling team is Akwa United. The Promise Keepers have recorded 4 draws and a loss from five matches. 3 of those draws have been at home. They have achieved just 2 points from a possible nine. Today, in Uyo, they played 1-1 with Nasarawa United. Ndifreke Effiong gave Coach John Obuh’s team the lead from the spot but they lost it when Godfrey West scored for the visitors.

The Nigeria Professional Football League has been criticized for a poor record of away victories but there’s been an improvement this season. With just five matchdays concluded, eight away victories have been recorded and that’s a clear message to followers of the league to brace up for a highly competitive season.

 

2019/2020 NPFL Matchday 5 Results

 
Rangers 0-2 Dakkada FC
 
Delta Force 1-3 Plateau United
 
Warri Wolves 0-1 Rivers United
 
Katsina United 2-0 Sunshine Stars
 
Enyimba 2-0 Adamawa United
 
Heartland 1-0 Jigawa Golden Stars
 
FC Ifeanyiubah 0-0 Lobi Stars
 
Abia Warriors 1-0 MFM
 
Kano Pillars 0-0 Wikki
 
Akwa United 1-1 Nasarawa Utd

Rivers United Crash Out Of CAF Confed Cup

Rivers United Crash Out Of CAF Confed Cup

Rivers United have ended their journey in the CAF Confederation Cup with a disappointing 2-1 defeat to FUS Rabat of Morocco.

Though the Nigerian team travelled to Morroco with little hopes of advancing, they started believing when Bolaji Sakin scored in the 43rd minute.

Hoever, goals from Youssef El Gnaoui and Mohamed Fouzaire ensured the Moroccans join Club Africain to progress into the quarter-finals from Group A.

In the other group game, Club Africain defeated KCCA of Uganda 3-0 in Tunisia.

CAF Confed Cup: Club Africain Beat Rivers United 2-0

Rivers United hope of advancing to the knockout phase of the CAF Confederation Cup has been dimmed following a 2-0 defeat to Tunisia’s Club Africain on Sunday at the Yakubu Gowon Stadium, Port Harcourt.

With the first half ending in a goalless draw, the Tunisian club side broke the deadlock through Manoubi Haddad’s powerful free-kick which beat Olufemi Thomas to make it 1-0 in the 62nd minute.

Then a late counter attack led to Mokhtar Belkhiter scoring with a deflected shot – sealing Africain’s hard-fought away victory.

The victory took the Tunisian giants to the top of Group A standings with nine points, Nigeria’s Rivers remain fourth with six points.

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CAF Confed Cup: Eguma Charges Team To Score Goals Against Club Africain

Rivers United manager, Stanley Eguma, has charged his team to score goals against Club Africain in today’s (Sunday) CAF Confederation Cup match.

Eguma also charged his players to stay focused and approach the fixture with total commitment.

The Port Harcourt based side will leapfrog the Tunisian club in the Group A with a win and the coach believes victory with a good goal margin will be awesome.

The match will be played by 4:00 pm at the Yakubu Gowon Stadium, Port Harcourt, Nigeria.

KCCA Beats Rivers United 2-1 In CAF Confederation Cup

Kampala City Council Authority of Uganda have beaten Rivers United 2-1 in the group game of the CAF Confederation Cup played at the Philip Omondi stadium in Kampala.

Derrick Nsambi opened score for KCCA in the 15th minute but Bolaji Sarkin equalized for Rivers United 20 minutes later.

Nsambi scored his second of the match in the 70th minute after a defensive blunder by Rivers United to take KCCA to second in the group with 6 points.

Rivers United Sign Five Players

CAF Confederation Cup: Rivers United Beat Rayon Sports 2-0Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) Club, Rivers United have signed five new players to bolster their squad ahead of the second round of the campaign.

Striker, John Odumegwu, has joined from NPFL leaders, Plateau United while centre half, Shedrack Francis, has teamed up from Ikorodu united.

Another centre half, Semiu Liadi, has arrived at the Port Harcourt club from Akwa United while the duo of Ifeanyi Okoye and Ayo Saka joined from Niger Tornadoes and Sunshine Stars.

Eguma Lauds Team’s Mental Strength

Rivers United Technical Manager, Stanley Eguma has praised his team’s mental strength, following their qualification for the group stage of the CAF Confederation Cup.

The Port Harcourt based Rivers United, held Rayon Sports to a goalless draw in the second leg in Rwanda to seal a 2-0 aggregate victory and afterwards, Eguma lauded his players for not panicking and sticking to the game plan despite being reduced to 10 men on 57 minutes.

Rivers, who are the only Nigerian team left on the continent, complete the lineup for the group phase of the Confed Cup ahead of the draw scheduled for Wednesday April 26 in Cairo, Egypt.

CAF Confederation Cup: Rivers United Beat Rayon Sports 2-0

CAF Confederation Cup: Rivers United Beat Rayon Sports 2-0Nigeria’s CAF Confederation Cup Contender, Rivers United have rekindled their hopes for a continental title, following a 2-0 win against Rayon Sport of Rwanda in their first leg playoff.

The Nigerian club secured the victory in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, with goals from Emeka Atuloma and Guy Kuemian.

Atuloma set the hosts on the lead in the 29th minute, while Kuemian netted what proved to be the winning goal in the 51st minute.

The return leg will take place on April 22 in Kigali, Rwanda.

Rivers United Beat ABS 2-0 In NPFL Clash

Rivers United Beat ABS 2-0 In NPFL ClashRivers United have beaten Abubakar Bukola Saraki (ABS) FC 2-0 in a rescheduled game in Port Harcourt.

Christian Weli and Godbless Asamoah scored in each half of the match played on Thursday at the Yakubu Goon Stadium.

Following the success, United moved to 17th spot on the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) table.

On the other hand, ABS have remained in 13th place with 22 points from 17 matches.

NPFL: Rivers United, MFM FC Defeat Opponents

NPFL: Rivers United, MFM FC Defeat OpponentsIt was a delightful match for Rivers United as they defeated defending champions Enugu Rangers on Sunday evening.

The Nigerian south-south team, who finished second last season, beat their visitors 1-0 to clinch their third win of the season.

Elsewhere, MFM FC thrashed Remo 1-0 while Akwa United beat El-Kanemi Warriors 1-0 at the Nest of Champions in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital.

Sunshine Stars also defeated Wikki Tourists 1-0, just as the clash between ABS FC and Katsina United ended in same score line.

Also, Lobi Stars beat visiting Gombe United 1-0; Niger defeated Nasarawa 2-0 while Kano Pillars recorded the biggest feat with a 3-1 win against Enyimba International.

Meanwhile, the game between FC Ifeanyi Ubah and Abia Warriors ended 2-2 while Shooting Stars held league leaders Plateau United to a 1-1 draw.

Sunshine Stars Defeat Rivers United In NPFL Clash

Sunshine Stars Defeat Rivers United In NPFL ClashTroubled Sunshine Stars put aside their financial crisis to beat high-flying Rivers United 1-0 on Sunday.

The Ondo-based club clinched the victory in a match day 10 tie of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) played at the Akure Township Stadium.

Former Enyimba Midfielder, Ayo Saka, pulled a belter from 14 yards to hand the Owena Waves their win of the season.

The result moved Sunshine Stars six places to the 11th position with 12 points on the table.

NPFL Match Day 10 Results

Meanwhile, Prince Aggreh scored from the penalty spot as FC Ifeanyi Ubah defeated league leaders, Plateau United 1-0 in Nnewi, Anambra State.

Chinedu Udoji’s first-half header also earned Kano Pillars a lone victory over neighbours, Katsina United.

In a similar development, Lobi Stars came from behind to beat seven-time champions, Enyimba with goals from Anthony Okpotu and former Enyimba Midfielder, David Tyavkase.

Niger Tornadoes maintained a perfect home record after a 1-0 win over struggling Gombe United in Lokoja.

El-Kanemi warriors also stunned Nasarawa United 2-0  with two second half goals while ABS FC edged past Wikki Tourists 1-0.