NANPF, LMC To Tackle Players Welfare Issue

NANPF, LMC To Tackle Players Welfare IssueThe National Association of Nigerian Professional Footballers (NANPF) has vowed to keep up pressure on clubs to pay their players their wages and salaries.

The renewed commitment came after the association reached an agreement with the League Management Company to work together in ensuring backlogs are settled.

The 2016/2017 Premier League season begins on Saturday with many clubs yet to pay their players and coaches their salaries and bonuses from previous seasons.

NANPF General Secretary, Austin Popo, who expressed his disappointment with the refusal of the majority of the clubs to pay their players, said the body had decided to work with the LMC.

It was learnt that the players’ union and other groups had allegedly pressured the LMC to suspend the league until the players were paid their entitlements.

It was also learnt that the groups decided to make a U-turn after allegedly coming under pressure from some of the clubs and the LMC.

However, Popo said the players’ body would put defaulting clubs under pressure through the LMC for the players to be paid their entitlements.

The former Flying Eagles forward said that Warri Wolves, Taraba United and Heartland were among the clubs still owing their players.

According to Popo, “The painful thing about the debts owed these players by the clubs is that the managers and owners of these clubs are frustrating our efforts at retrieving the debts, hence we have decided to work directly with the LMC, who have assured us that the debts would be paid before the new season begins, to avoid a repeat of the past situations.

“These club owners have some recovered monies paid to them but they have refused to pay their players.

“Many club owners have these monies but divert them and conveniently owe these players knowing full well that the players would not want to go on strike when we call on them to do so.

“The players only speak out after leaving the clubs owing them for another one, hence they don’t help the cause.”

He added: “In the new season, players’ welfare is going to be our major focus as we have always done.

“We have met with the LMC and the list of players who are owed by their clubs and their account numbers have been forwarded to them (LMC). The LMC will pay them from the entitlements due to the indebted clubs.

“Some clubs have been responding. For instance, Bayelsa United and Gombe United have paid their players as of last week.

“Although the LMC have been doing a lot since they came on board, we have met with them and let them understand that the wages issue could cause disruptions in the league if not properly handled.”

Federation Cup Final To Be Played On November 6

federation cupFederation CupThe Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) have confirmed that this year’s men and women Federation Cup final, will be played at the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos, on November 6, 2016.

Rivers Angels and Bayelsa Queens will lock horns in the women’s finals which kicks off by 1pm.

While the much-anticipated final between Ifeanyi Ubah Football Club and Nasarawa United will also take place at same venue with the match expected to start at 3.30pm.

Lagos state has hosted the last five finals of the Federation Cup.

Nasarawa United shocked defending champions Enyimba to make it into their dream final, while FC Ifeanyi Ubah defeated giant killers Crown FC 2-1 in Kaduna.

Winners in the Federation Cup get to represent Nigeria in Africa’s second tier club competition, the CAF Confederation Cup.

NPFL: Abia Warriors Vow To ‘Fight’ Wikki In Bauchi

wikki tourists, NPFL, Abia WarriorsAbia Warriors Football Club of Umuahia striker, Chinenye Agoha, has declared that they will give Wikki Tourists a run for their money when they clash in this weekend’s matchday 28 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) encounter at the Abubakar Tafewa Balewa Stadium in Bauchi.

Agoha, who scored the only goal in Abia Warriors’ 1-0 victory over visiting Warri Wolves last Sunday in Umuahia, said the win was a sign of better days ahead.

“We had some bad results in the recent past mainly because of the injury which hit many of our key players but we have overcome that now and ready to re-establish ourselves as one of the best in Nigeria”, Agoha, a mid-season signing said.

According to the Afugiri, Umuahia-born hitman who joined Abia Warriors from Giwa FC of Jos, the players have made up their minds to fight for a good result in Bauchi this weekend.

“We know Wikki is good this season, we are also good and that is why fans should expect good football this weekend”, he said.

Agoha, who was one of the players released by the League Management Company (LMC) to join a club of their choice after Giwa was thrown out of the league for not honouring three matches earlier this season, said he has already warned his captain and friend at Giwa, Charles Henlong who is now with Wikki Tourists to get ready for him as Abia Warriors were not in Bauchi on a picnic but on a serious business.

He said that he was pleased the way the league is being run now as anybody can pick points anywhere without any incidents and commended the LMC and the referees for a job well done so far.

Federation Cup: Round of 16 Matches Postponed

Federation Cup, NFFThe Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has postponed matches of the Round of 16 of the 2016 Men Federation Cup competition as well as the quarter–final matches of the women competition due to the Eid-el-Fitri celebrations.

After the Federal Government announcement on Friday that there would be public holidays on Tuesday, 5th July and Wednesday, 6th July for the Eid-el-Fitri celebrations, the NFF had to reschedule the Round of 16 matches of the men’s competition and the quarter final matches of the women’s event for Tuesday, 12th July and Wednesday, 13th July 2016.

Sunshine Stars of Akure go up against Akwa United in Makurdi on Tuesday, 12th July as Crown FC of Ogbomosho and Enugu Rangers go for a tug in Kaduna on the same day.

In–form Rivers United and five–time champions Shooting Stars will now battle at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium, Kaduna on Wednesday, 13th July, as Wikki Tourists of Bauchi confront Plateau United in Akure in other all –NPFL clashes.

NPFL side FC IfeanyiUbah will take on Katsina United at the Kwara Sports Complex, Ilorin on Wednesday, 13th July while Nasarawa United will test might with Dynamite FC of Benin City at the Confluence Stadium, Lokoja on the same day as Warri Wolves are up against Prime FC of Oshogbo at the Aper Aku Stadium, Makurdi.

The postponed Round of 32 clash between Enyimba FC and El-Kanemi Warriors will come up in Abuja on Wednesday, 13th July, keeping Round of 16 opponents J. Atete on holiday.

In the women’s competition, Abia Angels will take to the field in Lokoja against Nasarawa Amazons, as Delta Queens and Katsina Queens do battle in Abuja on Tuesday, 12th July.

Champions Sunshine Queens will tango with Rivers Angels of Port Harcourt in Abuja on Wednesday, 13th July and Bayelsa Queens and COD United Ladies of Lagos trade tackles in Oleh.

 

Men’s Round Of 16

Akwa United Vs Sunshine Stars         – Makurdi    – 12/7/16     – 4pm

Crown FC Vs Enugu Rangers            – Kaduna     – 12/7/16     – 4pm

Rivers United Vs Shooting Stars         – Kaduna     – 13/7/16     – 4pm

Wikki Tourists Vs Plateau United       – Akure       – 13/7/16     – 4pm

Katsina United Vs FC IfeanyiUbah      – Ilorin        – 13/7/16     – 4pm

Prime FC Vs Warri Wolves               – Makurdi    – 13/7/16     – 4pm

Dynamite FC Vs Nasarawa United      – Lokoja      – 13/7/16     – 4pm.

J. Atete Vs Enyimba FC/El-Kanemi Warriors

Note: Enyimba FC Vs El-Kanemi Warriors Round of 32 to be played in Abuja on Wednesday, July 13 by 4pm.

 

Women’s Quarter Finals

Nasarawa Amazons Vs Abia Angels    – Lokoja      – 12/7/16     – 4pm

Delta Queens Vs Katsina Queens        – Abuja        – 12/7/16     – 2pm

COD United Vs Bayelsa Queens         – Oleh                  – 13/7/16     – 4pm

Sunshine Queens Vs Rivers Angels     – Abuja        – 13/7/16     – 4pm

NPFL Match Day 22 : Wikki Tourists Stay On Top

wikki tourists, NPFLWikki Tourists have maintained their position at the top of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) table despite playing a goalless draw with Heartland in Owerri.

Title challengers, Enyimba of Aba and Enugu Rangers both suffered losses in their away fixtures with the defending champions losing by a lone goal to Shooting Stars while Plateau United defeated Rangers, 2-0.

Match Day 22 Results

Heartland FC    0-0 Wikki Tourists

Shooting Stars 1-0 Enyimba FC

Plateau United   2-0 Rangers Int’l

Rivers United   4-1 MFM FC

Ikorodu United 1-1 Akwa United

Sunshine Stars 1-0 Lobi Stars

Nasarawa United 4-2 FC Ifeanyi Ubah

Kano Pillars 2-2 Warri Wolves

Etoile And Enyimba To Play On Wednesday

EnyimbaThe return leg clash of the CAF Champions League between Tunisian club side, Etoile Du Sahel and Enyimba of Aba will be played on Wednesday in Sousse.

Enyimba won the first leg in Port Harcourt 3-0 courtesy of a hat-trick by Mfon Udoh.

The seven-time Nigeria champions will train under floodlights in Sousse on Tuesday night.

The overall winners of this tie will march on to the group stage of the Champions League, while the losers drop down to the second-tier Confederation Cup.

The game has been fixed for 6pm Nigerian time.

Enyimba advanced to the final round of qualifiers 6-3 on aggregate at the expense of Vital Ó of Burundi.

Despite losing 2-1 in the second leg, the Elephants of Aba progressed having defeated the Burundians 5-1 in Aba.

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).

CAF Champions League: Enyimba Advance To Final Qualifying Round

Champions LeagueIn the CAF Champions League, Nigeria Premier League champions, Enyimba have advanced to the final round of qualifiers.

Despite losing 2-1 in the second leg to Vital Ó of Burundi, the Elephants of Aba progressed 6-3 on aggregate.

Ikechukwu Ibenegbu scored for Paul Aigbogun’s men in the 28th minute but went on to concede two goals in the game.

Enyimba need to cross the next hurdle that comes in order to make it to the money spinning stage of the CAF Champions League.

Mixed Fortunes

Meanwhile, Warri Wolves have crashed out of the CAF Champions League after failing to overturn a first leg deficit against El Merreikh of Sudan.

Peter Nieketen’s boys eventually lost the tie 2-0 on aggregate.

Nasarawa United also tasted the bitter pill of defeat in the CAF Confederation Cup after losing 4-1 to Algeria’s CS Constantine.

With this result the solid miners have been shown the exit door as the tie ended 4-2 on aggregate in favour of their opponents.

Enyimba, Nasarawa Win, Wolves Lose In CAF Continental Games

CAFNigerian league champions Enyimba has thrashed Vital ‘O of Burundi 5-1 in a CAF Champions League second round, first leg match at the Adokiye Amiesieamaka Stadium in Port Harcourt on Sunday.

A brace each from Stephen Chukwude and Mfon Udoh, and a late strike from Leonard Ugochukwu ensured a comfortable result ahead of the return leg next week.

Enyimba qualified for the first round after a 2-1 aggregate win over Vipers SC of Uganda, while Vital‘O Club got the better of Lioli of Lesotho on the away goal rule after a 2-2 aggregate scores.

The big win assures that the return leg in Bujumbura between both teams next weekend would be an easier session for the People’s Elephant, who led 3-0 at half –time.

However, Nigeria’s second representatives in the Competition, Warri Wolves lost 0-1 at the Warri City Stadium to visiting El Merreikh of Sudan. The visitors scored in the 18th minute and Wolves could not find a way back into the game.

Former Nigeria U-17 and U-20 safe goalkeeper, Paul Danjuma saved a point blank header after 10 minutes and the visitors, who finished a man less after Toufik Guerabis was sent off for a second bookable offence in the 55th minute, were denied by the woodwork five minutes before the interval.

In the CAF Confederation Cup, Nigeria’s surviving team, Nasarawa United battled hard but could only earn a 1-0 win over Club Sportif Constantinois of Algeria at the Abuja National Stadium. Philip Azango scored as a goalmouth scramble occurred following a corner kick with only five minutes left on the clock.

CAF Confederation Cup: Nasarawa United Beat Gen Foot 

Nasarawa UnitedAn 89th minute goal was all that Nasarawa United FC of Lafia needed to overrun the Youthful Generation Foot Football Club of Senegal as the home boys popularly known as solid miners clinched the match scoring two goals to one.

The match played at the Abuja national stadium saw the solid miners taking the lead in the seventh minute through a goal scored by Tayo Fabiyi.

Attempts to increase the tally failed as the visitors frustrated every move of the home boys to increase the tally.

With a one goal deficit conceded in the first half, the visiting generation foot football club of Senegal changed the pace and tempo of the game upon resumption of the second half and their efforts paid off in the 47th minute with an equalizer from Ibrahim Niane.

A foul within the penalty area of the visitors in the 88th minute saw the Nasarawa boys taking the lead in the 89th minute as Sogbeso Seun converted the spot kick to end the game at 2-1 in favour of Nasarawa United.

Warri Wolves Walk Over Sao Tome Club

Meanwhile Warri Wolves progressed to the next round of the 2016 CAF Champions League without kicking a ball.

The Warri side were to host Praia Cruz in the first leg of the preliminary round but the Sao Tome club did not show up.

Wolves will now prepare to face Sudanese champions, Al-Merreikh, in March.

Nigerian Premier League: Warri Wolves Set For 2016

Warri WolvesThe management of Warri Wolves FC has commenced preparation for its participation in this year’s Nigerian Premier League (NPL).

Unveiling 14 new players for the season formed part of its preparation, amidst training and rehabilitation of the Warri stadium in Delta State.

Some of the newly unveiled players, Oladele Ajiboye and King Osange, also expressed optimisms that the football club would achieve great feat in the 2016 edition of the NPL.

Warri Wolves finished second in the just concluded GLO Premier League behind Enyimba FC of Aba.

In another development, the Delta Force team have come back after a long absence from the league.

Playing in the second division of the league for the first time, they have promised to do their best to get to the NPL.

The team’s coach, Napolion Aloma, appealed to the government for further assistance to help them achieve their goals.

Ikechukwu Ibenegbu Joins Enyimba

Ibenegbu--EnyimbaHome Based Eagles midfielder, Ikechukwu Ibenegbu, has successfully completed his switch to the Nigeria Professional League champions, Enyimba.

The midfielder has signed a two-year deal with the People’s Elephant.

The former Warri Wolves player, said that he was excited heading off to Enyimba. He promised to bring added value to the side’s quest for laurels on the domestic and continental fronts.

Ibenegbu was a key player in the Super Eagles’ futile campaign at the African Nations Championship (CHAN) in Kigali, Rwanda.