Enyimba, Sharks FC Suffer Defeat In Nigerian League

npfl-enyimba-fcNigerian League leaders, Enyimba FC on Sunday evening suffered their fifth defeat of the season in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL).

El-Kanemi Warriors defeated the Aba side two goals to one, with Benjamin Turba and Efe Yarhere getting the goals for the Maiduguri based team.

Enyimba got a consolation goal on the 88th minute through substitute, Nzube Anaezemba.

Meanwhile, Sharks FC dropped to the relegation zone, following a one nil defeat to Giwa FC, while another Port Harcourt based team, Dolphins moved out of the relegation zone after a 3-1 win against another relation threatened side, FC Taraba.

Wikki Tourists closed the gap at the top of the table after a 2-0 win over Bayelsa United.

In other matches, Abia Warrior beat Warri Wolves, FC Ifeanyi Ubah held Kano Pillars to a 1-1 draw 3SC beat Akwa United by a lone goal.

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 Footballers Lament Ill-Treatment By NFF

Members of the Association of Professional Footballers of Nigeria (APFON) on Wednesday decried the hardship and deplorable welfare condition they have been exposed to, due to debts owed them by their various clubs.

The footballers also accused the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) of being responsible for their woes.

At a media briefing on Wednesday in Warri, the APFON Executive Secretary, Austin Popo, said the NFF “demonstrated gross incapability and helplessness in enforcing the decisions of the 2010 Arbitration Committee in the face of serious breach and non-compliance by the affected premier league and division one clubs”.

According to Popo, many of the footballers and their families have resorted to begging on the streets in order to keep bodies and soul together, while a few others have died leaving their families in abject poverty – like late Coach Kafaru Alabi (Elkanemi Warriors FC), Emma Agbo (Gateway FC), Benjamin Okafor and Monday Inabia Kalio (Sharks FC).

Popo said “Currently, the total award to coaches and players by the arbitration committee amounts to N264,203,500.00 (about $1.65m) while the undecided cases amount to N421,600,000.00 (about $2.63m)

He accused the National Executive Committee of the NFF led by Aminu Maigari of being insensitive towards the welfare of Nigerian footballers and coache. “We request the congress of the NFF to save the lives and careers of Nigerian footballers and coaches from imminent extinction, occasioned by the wilful disregard for the implementation of the relevant provisions of the NFF statutes and FIFA regulations”.

The footballers accused NFF of failing to invoke the sanctions on clubs who failed to comply with the 2010 decisions of NFF Players Status and Arbitration Committee in line with the relevant provisions of FIFA disciplinary code of 2011.

They also blamed the NFF for non-establishment of a National Dispute Resolution Chamber (NDRC) which provides for equal representation of players and clubs and competent for employment related disputes between clubs and players.

This has allegedly led to undecided cases worth over N750 million; and non-establishment of a national regulation, governing the status and transfers of players within Nigeria Professional League clubs, amongst others.

Fans of Sharks attack Ocean Boys in dressing room before match

The assistant coach and a defender of visiting soccer club Ocean Boys were taken to hospital in serious condition after being attacked in the dressing room ahead of a league game with local side Sharks, officials said.

Action from the Nigeria Premier League

Two other team members were bruised and bloodied in the attack, they said.

“We were in the dressing room preparing to warm-up when their fans entered and attacked us,” Ocean Boys media officer Eddy Ohis said.

Officials said assistant coach Timi Akosubo and defender Anthony Nwodo were in a serious condition. The Premier League game was called off.

The attack was the latest incident in a growing spiral of violence in the professional game in the west African country, which has included attacks on referees by spectators and crowd invasions of pitches in which visiting players are targeted.

There was widespread condemnation of Sunday’s incident but the Nigerian Premier League (NPL) said it was waiting for a report before commenting.

Philip Obaji of the ‘Football without Violence’ campaign said: “”Such a situation is unacceptable. This is an attack not only on innocent people but on the image of the NPL and we call for a full investigation and holding those responsible to account.”

REUTERS