CAF Champions League: Rivers United Beat Young Africans To Reach First Round

 

Nigerian club side, Rivers United have completed a double win over Young Africans of Tanzania to book their place in the first round of the CAF Champions League.

Rivers United will face Al Hilal of Sudan in the first round of the competition.

The goal, scored in the 89th minute by the newly signed player from Plateau United Uche Onwuasonaya, gave the Pride of Rivers a 1-0 to progress 2-0 on aggregate.

It was a tight encounter at the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium in Port Harcourt, but coach Stanley Eguma’s second half substitutions made the difference.

In the first leg of the preliminary round game played in Dar es Salam, Moses Omoduemuke scored a crucial goal to give Rivers United a lone goal victory to consolidate upon in the second leg and they did just that.

At the Samson Siasia Sports Stadium in Yenagoa, Bayelsa United defeated Ashanti Golden Boys of Guinea 4-2 in the first leg preliminary round of the CAF Confederation Cup.

Goals from Favour Martins, Emo James and a brace by Okardi Inikurogha did the job for the Aiteo Cup champions.

NPFL 21: Kano Pillars, Nasarawa Utd Win To Reduce Akwa Utd’s Lead

A photo collage of the Akwa United Lineup, the Rivers UTDlineup and the Nasarawa lineup

 

Kano Pillars and Nasarawa United have intensified their chase for the Nigeria Professional Football League top position with vital victories on matchday 33.

The result also reduced Akwa United’s lead at the top of the table to just three points.

At the Ahmadu Bello Stadium in Kaduna, Pillars captain, Rabiu Ali scored his 13th goal of the season as Sai Masu Gida cruised to a 2-0 win over Dakkada FC. The hosts did all the work in first half with David Ebuka scoring the second goal in the 40th minute to ensure Pillars improve their points and stay third on the league table. This is the 17th win of the season for Pillars and the 15th loss for Dakkada.

At the Lafia Township Stadium, in-form striker, Silas Nwankwo scored his 14th goal of the season and it was all Nasarawa United needed to beat MFM FC 1-0. Nwankwo’s early goal secured the Solid Miners 18th win of the season and maintained their second position on the log.

In Port Harcourt, Rivers United almost recorded their first home defeat. With just 3 minutes to the end of the match, Bakary Bamba scored a stunning goal to rescue a point for the Pride of Rivers against Akwa United. Earlier, Charles Atshimene had shot the Promise Keepers into the lead and they held on to it until Bamba created his moment to keep the home invincibility record of the hosts.

With just 5 more games to play, Coach Kennedy Boboye’s team will cherish the point as they prepare to host Warri Wolves on matchday 34. Akwa United still leads the league with 3 points and still favourites to win the league title. Rivers United have dropped to fourth position on the log.

In Aba, Enyimba had to dig deep to beat Jigawa Golden Stars 2-1. Tosin Omoyele’s late goal stopped the visitors from leaving with a point. The win brings some relief to coach Fatai Osho’s team after a disappointing defeat at Akwa United. The People’s Elephant now have 57 points and are back in the top four.

The Oriental Derby between Heartland FC and Enugu Rangers at the Dan Anyiam Stadium in Owerri ended 2-1 in favour of the Naze Millionaires. All the goals came in the first half with Mbaoma Chijioke open scoring for the hosts. Elijah Ani levelled the scores in the 24th minute but it didn’t take long before Chijioke Akuneto restored the lead for Coach Fidelis Ilechukwu’s team and they held on to it to secure victory.

At the New Jos Stadium, Plateau United added to the woes of FC Ifeanyi Ubah by spanking them 4-0. Jackson Daniel, Oche Ochowechi, Muhammad Zulkifilu and Uche Onwuansoanya registered their names in the goalscorers chart. The Peace Boys have now gathered 47 points from 33 matches. The Anambra Warriors are now deeply rooted in the relegation zone.

At the Muhammadu Dikko Stadium, Katsina United and Lobi Stars played 1-1 while Wikki Tourists beat Abia Warriors 1-0 in Bauchi. Ibrahim Sale scored the lone goal in the 55th minute.

Warri Wolves and Sunshine Stars continued their fight to avoid relegation. Warri Wolves laboured to a 1-0 win over Kwara United while Sunshine Stars played a goalless draw with Adamawa United.

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Matchday 33 Results

Kano Pillars 2 Dakkada FC 0

Nasarawa United 1 MFM FC 0

Rivers United 1 Akwa United 1

Enyimba FC 2 Jigawa Golden Stars 1

Heartland FC 2 Rangers Int’l FC 1

Plateau United 4 FC Ifeanyi Ubah 0

Katsina United 1 Lobi Stars 1

Wikki Tourists 1 Abia Warriors 0

Warri Wolves 1 Kwara United 0

Adamawa United 0 Sunshine Stars 0

Captions

1. Nasarawa United line-up against FCIU on matchday 32 (Main story picture)

2. Rivers United line-up against Akwa United today in Port Harcourt

3. Akwa United line-up against Rivers United on matchday 33

Beat Enyimba FC And Get N20m, Wike Promises Rivers United

 

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike has promised a reward of N20 million to Rivers United if they beat Enyimba FC in their CAF Confederation Cup play-off billed for Sunday.

Governor Wike says the Rivers State Government also said the male and the female clubs will get a N10 million match bonus for any match won away.

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In addition, Governor Wike says the state will reward the players handsomely if the male team returns with the CAF trophy and the female team makes her first appearance in the female CAF competition.

Governor wike made the promises while presenting buses for the clubs and two Hilux vans for the coaches.

Wike also approved the immediate release of two ambulances for the clubs with a promise to purchase a costa bus for the supporters club.

NPFL 21: Rivers United Lose To Katsina United, No Winner In Oriental Derby

Rivers United and Katsina United players warm-up before kick-off in Katsina.

 

Rivers United failed to take a chance to return to the top of the Nigeria Professional Football League table after losing 2-1 to Katsina United at the Muhammadu Dikko Stadium on matchday 8.

The Pride of Rivers, looking for their second away of the season, travelled to Katsina with high hopes of consolidating on their last league win over Adamawa United in Port Harcourt and get a result that will restore their lead in the league.

Katsina United had a difficult time in Aba on matchday 7, losing 1-0 to Enyimba and didn’t want back-to-back defeats in the league and that made the encounter with Rivers United a feisty one.

The Changi Boys took control from the start of the game and as early as the fifth minute, they opened scoring through Faisal Sani who gave the home team the lead from a direct free kick.

After the goal, Katsina United did not stop attacking. Immediately play resumed, they would have doubled their lead when Joseph Atule dribbled his way into the Rivers United defence, he sent a pass to Rasheed Ahmed who hit the ball wide.

Five minutes later, Rivers United had a chance to level up. Ishaq Rafiu sent in a cross, Sissoko Souleymane connected with a head but goalkeeper Yusfuf Muhammad punched it to safety.

The pride of Rivers launched another attack. Again, Ishaq Rafiu is the provider. This time, he located Desmond Agbekpormu who sent in a shot for goalkeeper Yusuf to produce another save.

Moments later, it was the turn of Katsina United to attack and it was fruitful. Boubacar Massaly went on a solo mission from the halfway line and fired low into the net.

Score stayed 2-0 till half-time.

In the second half, both teams created chances, but the goal won’t come until the dying minutes of the encounter. There was some sort of confusion in Katsina United’s defence, Malachy Ohawume capitalised on it to score a consolatory goal for the visitors.

Defeat for Rivers United means Enyimba will sit comfortably at the top of the league table with 18 points from 8 matches, Rivers United is second with 15 points, same points with Kwara United occupying the third position.

At the Dan Anyiam Stadium Owerri, the oriental derby between Heartland FC and FC Ifeanyi Ubah failed to produce a winner.

Heartland took the lead through a penalty converted by Emmanuel Adachi in the 31st minute. Centre referee pointed to the spot when Evans Obonda handled the ball in the box.

Four minutes to the end of regulation time, a goalkeeping error by Ikechukwu Ezenwa gifted the visitors a goal. The Super Eagles goalkeeper, failed to deal with a ball he came out to get, leaving Chinemerem Igboeli to tap into an empty net.

The shared points leave both sides with two wins in 8 games with FC Ifeanyi gathering just 8 points, a point ahead of the Naze Millionaires who have suffered five loses this season.

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Matchday 8 Results

Thursday

Katsina United 2 Rivers United 1

Heartland FC 1 FC Ifeanyi Ubah 1

Wednesday

Abia Warriors 4 Sunshine Stars 1

Nasarawa United 1 Enyimba 2

Adamawa United 0 Akwa United 1

Rangers Int’l FC 3 Dakkada FC 0

Wikki Tourists 2 MFM FC 0

Kwara United 2 Lobi Stars 1

Warri Wolves 1 Plateau United 0

Kano Pillars 2 Jigawa Golden Stars 0

NPFL: Rivers United Back To Winning Ways, Rangers Hold MFM In Lagos

 

Rivers United have recorded their fourth win of the season with a 3-1 victory over Heartland Football Club at the Adokiye Amesiemeka Stadium on matchday 5.

Losing to Wikki Tourists by a single goal in Bauchi last week Wednesday, the league leaders needed to bounce back, prove their current form is not a fluke and they did just that against Heartland.

From the start of the game, the Pride of Rivers showed their desire for the win. As early as 15 minutes into the game, they were awarded a penalty when Heartland’s Pascal Eze handled the ball in the box. The admirable Godwin Aguda stepped up to the spot and scored.

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In the second half, Kazie Enyinanya positioned himself well in the box to double the lead of the home side. Shedrack Oghali pulled one back for Heartland in the 78th minute but Malachi Ohawume’s goal in the 86th minutes destroyed any chance for a comeback, sealed win, and top position on the league table for Rivers United.

In Lagos, MFM Football Club were held to a 1-1 draw by Rangers International of Enugu. The Flying Antelopes took the lead through Ugochukwu Uguoke’s header in the 23rd minute.

The Olukoya Boys who showed good resilience to pick a point at Dakkada last week Wednesday showed good mental strength to get back into the contest when Muyiwa Balogun leveled the scores against Rangers.

The game ended 1-1 and makes it the first time the Lagos based team will be dropping points at home this season. Rangers remain unbeaten in Lagos.

In Lafia, Nasarawa United, the only team still unbeaten this season kept their record intact with a 1-0 win over a stubborn Katsina United. Uzochukwu Chigozie’s goal was good enough to also move the team to second position on the log.

In Aba, Enyimba bounced back from their defeat to Heartland on matchday 4 to beat Kano Pillar 2-1. The People’s Elephant did all the work in the first half with Anayo Iwuala and Gabriel Orok scoring the goals.

Kano Pillars put up a late charge and pulled one back through a beautiful free-kick scored by Fahad Usman. The result ends Pillars unbeaten run while Enyimba secure their third win of the season to move to fifth on the log with a game to play.

In Jos, Plateau United secured their second win of the season with a 3-0 win over struggling Adamawa United that is still winless this season while Lobi Stars beat Dakkada FC 2-1 in Makurdi.

In Nnewi, more pressure was dumped on coach Imama Amapakabo as Abia Warriors made a winning opportunity slip past them. Coach Amapakabo who has been given a 3-match ultimatum by the club’s management after failing to win in four matches needed to prove a point against FC Ifeanyi Ubah that has reach just one win this season.

Christian Samuel’s early goal raised hopes for Abia Warriors but it was also the same player who dashed those hopes when he received a red card after committing a second bookable offence. The hosts made good use of the one-man advantage and levelled up in the 76th minute through Christian Molokwu. It ended 1-1

In Akure, Sunshine Stars produced a late drama again to secure their second win of the season with a 1-0 victory over Warri Wolves. Sadeeq Yusuf scored in the dying minutes of the match to take pressure off coach Gbenga Ogunbote.

A total of 19 goals were scored across different centres. The only fixture that didn’t record a goal was Jigawa Golden Stars vs Kwara United in Kaduna.

Action will resume tomorrow with Akwa United hosting Wikki Tourists of Bauchi in Uyo by 4pm Nigerian time.

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MATCHDAY 5 RESULTS

Rivers United 3 Heartland FC 1

MFM FC 1 Rangers Int’l FC 1

Enyimba 2 Kano Pillars 1

Plateau United 3 Adamawa United 0

Nasarawa United 1 Katsina United 0

Lobi Stars 2 Dakkada FC 1

FC Ifeanyi Ubah 1 Abia Warriors 1

Sunshine Stars 1 Warri Wolves 0

Jigawa Golden Stars 0 Kwara United 0

NPFL: Rivers United Unbeaten Run Ends As Jigawa Golden Stars Win Big

Caption 2: Jigawa Golden Stars players arriving for a league match. Picture courtesy: LMC Media

 

Jigawa Golden Stars produced arguably the major talking point of matchday 4 in the Nigeria Profesional Football League today with a stunning 3-1 victory over Abia Warriors in Aba.

Before action commenced, the odds favoured Abia Warriors who were winless in three matches to cruise past the lowly rated Jigawa Golden Stars.

Coach Imama Amapakabo’s team started well, taking the lead early in the 7th minute when Arit Archibong’s header found the net with an assist from Nzube Anaezemba. It was the sort of start the Warriors wanted but their joy was short-lived as the visiting team found their way back into the contest with a scrambled goal scored by Olasunkanmi Quadri in the 24th minute.

The shocking process for Abia Warriors started midway into the second half. They won a penalty in the 60 minutes, Fatai Abdullahi stepped up to the spot, took it and missed. Trying to get over the miss and get back in the game, Jigawa Golden Stars took the lead in the 74th minute when Musa Ali pass found Stone Samuel who neatly displaced his marker and slot the ball into the net.

The visitors lead. Unbelievable!

In the final minutes of the match, the Warriors gave all the push they had just to level up but it wasn’t their day. Stone Samuel completed his brace in the 82nd minute to secure victory for Jigawa Golden Stars and condemned Abia Warriors to the bottom of the table with four losses in four matches.

In Bauchi, Wikki Tourists ended the unbeaten run of Rivers United. Chinedu Udeagha’s goal in the 30th minute made the difference and also secured a first win for Wikki this season. Despite the win, the Pride of Rivers still lead the league standings with 9 points.

In Ozoro, Warri Wolves earned their second win of the season with an impressive 3-0 victory over Katsina United. The turnaround happened for the home side in the second half with the first goal coming from Daniel Mark whose volley took a deflection to find the net in the 59th minute.

Moments later, substitute, Tega Ebetomame made it two for Warri Wolves while a brilliant free-kick by Wisdom Jumbo wrapped up a sweet performance for coach Evans Ogenyi’s team that needed to bounce after losing 3-0 at Lobi Stars on matchday 3.

In Owerri, kick-off was delayed in the game between Heartland FC and Enyimba Football Club of Aba just to players licensing issue but when the action got underway, the home team confirmed their intentions.

Coach Fidelis Ilechukwu’s team had gone three games without a point and playing against the admirable Enyimba was a chance to show they can compete this season. In the 33rd minute, Shedrack Oghali confirmed that intent and opened the scoring for the home team. Emmanuel Adachiel’s goal in the 53rd minute sealed a 2-0 victory for Heartland.

In Enugu, Rangers International Football Club beat FC Ifeanyi Ubah to leap to the second position in the league. The Flying Antelopes are tied on 9 points with league leaders Rivers United. They will hope to consolidate on the result when on they take on MFM Football Club of Lagos on matchday 5.

In Akure, Lobi Stars got so close to securing an away win but Sunshine Stars showed resilience to ensure the game ended 2-2.

Fouad Ekelojuoti opened the scoring for the Sunshine Stars in the 9th minute and the relief on Coach Gbenga Ogunbote’s face confirmed how much they need a win following their defeat to MFM of Lagos on matchday 3. Just before the break, Samuel Mathias scored for Lobi to ensure the game stayed 1-1 at half-time.

In the second half, both teams created chances but it was the visitors who took the lead in the 77th minute through the in-form Ossy Martins who scored his third goal of the season. The goal switch on the alarm bells of Sunshine Stars, and they came all out looking for the equalizer.

It was a fight that went down to the final minutes. The Akure Gunners mounted pressure on their opponent and with barely a minute for the final whistle go off, Sadeeq Yusuf, positioned well in the box tapped the ball into an empty net after Seun Olulayo’s free-kick hit the woodwork.

The game ended 2-2.

Huge relief for Sunshine Stars, it’s just one win so far for them and they couldn’t afford to lose home today. Lobi Stars will be biting fingers all through their journey back to Makurdi, Coach Kabiru Dogo’s team will be pondering how they allowed a vital away win to slip.

In Ilorin, it was a tale of Christopher Nwanze who scored for Kwara United from the spot and later scored an own-goal to gift Akwa-United a point on the road.

Back home in Uyo, Akwa-United’s younger brother, Dakkada FC played a 1-1 draw with MFM Football Club of Lagos. Chigozie Solomon gave Dakkada the lead just before the break. After the match against Sunshine Stars in Lagos, goalscorer of the only goal, Dennis Obasi predicted that Coach Tony Bolus will leave Uyo with something and he was right. The game ended 1-1.

In the northern derby, Kano Pillars beat Plateau United 1-0 to continue their unbeaten run in Kaduna. The Sai Masu Gida ever-dependable captain, Rabiu Ali scored from the spot to secure victory for the Kano-based team that now have 2 wins and 2 draws from four matches.

At the Pantami Stadium in Gombe, Adamawa United and Nasarawa United played a goalless draw to wrap up day 4 proceedings. Nasarawa United had a chance to get a goal in the 27th minute of the match but Reuben Nicodemus failed to score from the spot.

Action will resume in the Nigeria Professional Football League on Sunday, January 17th, 2021 with matchday 5 fixtures.

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MATCHDAY 4 RESULTS

Abia Warriors 1 Jigawa Golden Stars 3

Wikki Tourists 1 Rivers United 0

Warri Wolves 3 Katsina United 0

Heartland FC 2 Enyimba 0

Rangers Int’l FC 2 FC Ifeanyi Ubah 1

Sunshine Stars 2 Lobi Stars 2

Kwara United 1 Akwa United 1

Dakkada FC 1 MFM FC 1

Kano Pillars 1 Plateau United 0

Adamawa United 0 Nasarawa United 0

 

NPFL: Omoniwari Scores Again As Rivers United Beat Abia Warriors

Rivers United players warming-up before the match. Credit: RUFC Media

 

Fortune Omoniwari scored his second goal of the season to give Rivers United a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Abia Warriors in Aba.

The win also shot coach Stanley Eguma’s team to the top of the league standings.

The energetic forward, who scored the decisive goal against Rangers FC last week Wednesday, fired the ball beyond Ojo Olorunleke from a Stephen Gopey assist.

Moments later, it would have been two goals for Rivers United but Lookman Binayo effort failed to find the back of the net.

Abia Warriors created some chances but failed to get level before the break with the best chance coming from Nzube Anaezemba.

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Abia Warriors came out strongly after the break and went close with efforts from Samson Paul as well as Arit Archibong but the visiting team was saved by goalkeeper Abiodun Akande and the woodwork.

Coach Imama Amakapabo’s team would have levelled the game if Chukwuemeka Obioma had converted a near-perfect cross from Samson Paul.

The three points went to Rivers United who had to play the last 17 minutes with ten men after Nelson Esor received a second yellow card for a poorly-timed tackle.

Rivers United now have six points from two matches and their next assignment is the CAF Confederation Cup first round 2nd leg fixture against Bloemfontein Celtic on Wednesday 6th January 2021 at the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium Omagwa, Rivers State.

 

Rivers United Begin NPFL Campaign With Win Over Rangers

A file of NPFL logo.

 

Rivers United of Port Harcourt have kicked off their 2020/2021 Nigeria Professional Football League campaign with a 1-0 victory over Rangers International Football Club of Enugu.

Fortune Omoniwari, with an easy finish from Godwin Aguda’s cross, secured victory for coach Stanley Eguma’s team and also boost the team’s confidence ahead of their CAF Confederation Cup second leg fixture against Bloemfontein Celtic of South Africa.

Godwin Aguda produced a man of the match performance to the delight of the few spectators at the Adokiye Amiesimaka and it was his move that was finished by Fortune Omoniwari in the 28th minute.

Despite the sending off of Rivers United’s playmaker Cletus Emotan after committing a second bookable offence in the 73rd minute, the visiting team failed to take advantage of the available 15 minutes to level up.

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In the post-match interview, Rivers United’s Technical Adviser Stanley Eguma expressed how important it was to get all three points.

“It was good for us to win. It really raised our morale and confidence. The league has just started. It wasn’t an easy game. The Rangers too came for the three points. We are rivals and they came here and proved that,” he said.

“I commend my players, they have done well, the three points was very important for a start and I thank them.”

Eguma also spoke about his team’s next league match on Saturday against Abia Warriors in Aba.

“Well it’s the league, we all look for three points at every away encounter. We are looking out for three points and that’s another derby and we expect a tough one but we are prepared for it,” Eguma added.

“Having won today, we expect to win the Abia encounter. We expect to go to Abia State to get a good result.”

 

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

Photos: LMC Media

 

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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