Sunday, April 15, 2018

Match Day 17 of the 2018 Nigeria Professional Football League.

So you all know (or I presume so) that there will be only six games on Sunday in the NPFL because of continental engagements with our clubs.

MFM, Plateau United, Akwa United and Enyimba are all involved in the CAF Confederations Cup. I wish them all the best.

See graphic for all the #NPFL games.

Adi up and running with Timbers.



Nigeria striker Fanendo Adi scored his first goal of the season as he helped his MLS side Portland Timbers to a 3-2 win over Minnesota United on Saturday.

The win was Timber’s first of the season as they have struggled since the start of the season with new coach Giovanni Savarese trying out new formations that haven’t yielded fruits.


Adi, who is the club’s all-time top scorer was in imperious form during the game is a constant threat to the Minnesota defence. Timbers went ahead in the 20th minute when Alvas Powell powered his way through the Minnesota defence to strike a low shot into the net for a 1-0 win.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Pride of Rivers aim to trip Promise Keepers


Football matches involving Rivers United and Akwa United always produce exciting spectacles.

On Thursday, April 12, the two sides will serve off yet another instalment of this fast-developing rivalry and the stakes couldn’t have been any higher.

The ‘Pride of Rivers’ will climb to the top half of the table (and go level, on points with their high-flying opponents) with a win on Thursday but claiming maximum points against the ‘Promise Keepers’ never comes easy irrespective of where the contest is decided.

Tutored by ‘Professor of aesthetic football’, Abdul Maikaba, Akwa United is one of the most-feared teams in the division.

The mantra of the Uyo club is straightforward; ‘treat the ball like a piece of Gold’ and make the opposition feel it’s ‘a piece of soap’.

Maikaba, a lifelong FC Barcelona/Pep Gurdiola fan, loves possession-based football, an act he perfected at former club, Wikki Tourists as he led the unheralded Bauchi outfit to a remarkable third-placed finish in his final season in charge.

Four takeaways from Niger Tornadoes vs Rangers International




I was at the Bako Kontagora Stadium in Minna on Sunday for a Match Day 16 game between Niger Tornadoes and Rangers.

It wasn't the best game I've ever watched but it was a good way to spend 90 minutes. I won't bother y'all with the match report but this is what I deduced from the game.

Pacy wing play does it for Tornadoes.



Tornadoes coach Hamza Abarra started with John Kim at the tip of a three pong attack and he was supported from the flanks by Bashar Ahmad and Ibrahim Babawo.

 That combination was a problem for the Okey Odita led Rangers defence as Tornadoes tore at them consistently using the wings where Babawo and Ahmad flourished like a British summer.


The duo ran the wings well and were a constant menace throughout the game and it was Babawo that eventually got the only goal of the game in the 17th minute. 


Tornadoes look like continuing in that format as Ammar Abdulkarim, another winger came in to add pep to the attack, created more problems for Rangers.

Friday, April 6, 2018

Russia 2018 GoFundMe link....

Hey guys.

So my FIFA 2018 World Cup accreditation came through. Nice innit. I'm so excited but here is the thing... My parent company pulled out of Naija which means funds will be hard to come by on time to get to Russia.

I've done a bit of research and found out Russia 2018 will be quite expensive and that is where y'all come in.

Here is a GoFundMe link where y'all can donate to make this trip happen. I've never done this before so yeah...Here we go


Thanks in advance

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Match Day 15 preview: Rivers United versus Heartland


Rivers United and Heartland FC will re-enact their rivalry in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) on Wednesday, April 4 at the Yakubu Gowon Stadium, Port Harcourt.

The two sides go into Wednesday’s game on the back of contrasting results from match day 13.

United lost by the odd goal in five to Lobi Stars while Heartland beat Nasarawa United 2-1 at the Dan Anyiam Stadium, Owerri on the same day.

Heartland currently occupies the fourth and final relegation spot in the NPFL and will be in desperate need of the points on Wednesday.

United on the other hand, have amassed just one more point than Heartland and know that anything other than an outright victory against Heartland will see them get involved in the relegation Dog fight.

Technical manager of Rivers United, Stanley Eguma is as experienced as they come and understands that things can change very quickly football and believes his side can climb up the standings rapidly.

“Goal scoring was difficult for us at the beginning of the season but we have started scoring goals now” Eguma told our official website, www.riversunitedfc.com.ng.

“We scored two goals in our last game against Lobi Stars.

“I believe we will attain stability by the end of the first round and I am sure that we can reach the top of the league table,” he said.

Heartland’s head coach, Ezekiel Onyegbulem also spoke to our media channel about Wednesday’s match which kicks off at 4pm.

Preview via Rivers United Media
 

Monday, April 2, 2018

36 Lion sign nine players, ready for the season.




Nationwide League One side, 36 Lion Football Club have announced the signing of nine new players ahead of the 2018 season which starts this week.

36 Lion, who campaigned in the third their league, the NLO are getting set for another season which they hope will bring major trophies to the side.

Two players, Quadry Ajala and Ayoade Babatunde, were signed from Team 360 Football Club. The club also acquired Akeem Wasiu from G12 FC, Ciroma Yazidu from Obazz FC and Chukwu Chinedu from FC Bethel to fortify the squad.

Temidayo Okanlawon, Quadry Liameed, Chidubem Nwosu and Mohamed Tijani were promoted from the U18's.

Team CEO Gaffar expressed his desire to see the team win on all fronts insisting that his side will do their best wo win laurels this season.

Top of this list is to win promotion and also lift the Aiteo Cup

"Our aim this season is to secure promotion to the Nigeria National League, win the Lagos FA Cup and go all the way to the Aiteo Cup finals," Gaffar said.

"With the performance of my players during the pre-season, we should be able to clinch one of the promotion slots, though it won't be easy but I believe we can spring surprise. It will be double joy for me if we can win the Lagos FA Cup and promotion ticket to the NNL." he added.

LMC, FIRS Extend NPFL-VAT Wonder Goal Partnership


 


The League Management Company (LMC) and the Federal Inland Revenue Services (FIRS) have extended the community engagement program, ‘VAT Wonder Goal’,  launched last season on the platform of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) as part of the national tax education exercise.

Friday, March 30, 2018

Fanendo Adi- World Cup dark horse?



180 minutes, 9 shots at goal, three on target, six off on target with a goal from the spot don’t read good (from an attacking point of view) for any team lest the Super Eagles who panned out those stats in the two friendlies with Poland and Serbia.

A 1-0 win over Poland masked how inefficient the team was in attack but it all came home to roost when they were played out of the park by Serbia and lost 2-0 at The Hive last Tuesday.

It would be hasty to press the panic button yet because friendly games are meant to show the level a team is and what areas need to be sorted out.

A 4-2 win over Argentina was greeted with praise from the Nigerian populace as the Eagle’s attack tore the Albiceleste to shreds.

However, the Serbia game brought the Eagles back to earth.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Adi hopes for Eagle's chance



Portland Timbers striker Fanendo Adi has spoken of his desire for another crack at the Super Eagles even as the Major Soccer League in the United States kicked off earlier this month.

Adi, who is the all-time top scorer for MLS franchise side Timbers, has played in all the games his side has been involved in before the international break with an assist to boot.

He joined Timbers from Danish side FC Copenhagen initially loan before making a permanent switch in 2014. Adi broke the franchise record with an impressive 46 goal which caught the attention of Samson Siasia-who was the Super Eagles coach at the time.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Eagles’ camp opens in Wroclaw


The camp of the Senior National Team, Super Eagles, will open in the Polish city of Wroclaw on Monday, ahead of Friday’s international friendly against the Bialo-Czerwoni (White and Red) or Eagles, as the Senior National Team of Poland is known.

The two Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup –bound teams will trade tackles at the 43,000 –capacity Stadium Wroclaw on Friday, 23rd March 2018.

Nigeria’s 28 –man playing squad has been empaneled to also serve the purpose of the friendly against equally Russia 2018 –bound Serbia, at The Hive, London (home ground of Barnet FC and London Bees) four days later.

Team Administrator, Dayo Enebi Achor confirmed to thenff.com on Sunday that the Eagles would be staying at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Wroclaw.

THE FULL LIST

Goalkeepers: Francis Uzoho (Deportivo La Coruna, Spain); Ikechukwu Ezenwa (Enyimba FC); Daniel Akpeyi (Chippa United, South Africa)

Defenders: Abdullahi Shehu (Bursaspor FC, Turkey); Tyronne Ebuehi (Ado Den Haag, The Netherlands); Olaoluwa Aina (Hull City, England); Elderson Echiejile (Cercle Brugge KSV, Belgium); Brian Idowu (Amkar Perm, Russia); Chidozie Awaziem (Nantes FC, France); William Ekong (Bursaspor FC, Turkey); Leon Balogun (FSV Mainz 05, Germany); Kenneth Omeruo (Kasimpasa FC, Turkey); Stephen Eze (Lokomotiv Plovdiv, Bulgaria)

Midfielders: Mikel John Obi (Tianjin Teda, China); Ogenyi Onazi (Trabzonspor FC, Turkey); Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City, England); Oghenekaro Etebo (Las Palmas, Spain); John Ogu (Hapoel Be’er Sheva, Israel); Uche Agbo (Standard Liege, Belgium); Joel Obi (Torino FC, Italy)



Forwards: Ahmed Musa (CSKA Moscow, Russia); Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester City, England); Moses Simon (KAA Gent, Belgium); Victor Moses (Chelsea FC, England); Odion Ighalo (Changchun Yatai, China); Alex Iwobi (Arsenal FC, England); Junior Ajayi (Al Ahly, Egypt); Gabriel Okechukwu (Akwa United)    

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Rohr invites Mikel, Onazi, Moses, 25 others for Poland, Serbia friendlies



Super Eagles’ Technical Adviser, Gernot Rohr has listed captain Mikel John Obi, midfielder Ogenyi Onazi and playmaker Victor Moses in his 28 –man squad to battle Poland’s fellow Eagles and Serbia in pre-FIFA World Cup friendly matches this month.

Home –based goalkeeper Ikechukwu Ezenwa, who stood between the pipes for the very crucial last four World Cup qualifying games (home-and-away to Cameroon, home to Zambia and away to Algeria), leads the goalkeeping section and will be joined by new boy Francis Uzoho and Daniel Akpeyi.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Taiwo Awoniyi impressing in Belgium - but his Liverpool future could rest on a friendly at Barnet

Found this piece on Liverpool Echo. Full credits to them..
This is the link to the original story- https://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/taiwo-awoniyi-impressing-belgium-liverpool-14367060

I enjoyed reading it. I hope you do too.
He’s the Liverpool striker you probably don’t know much about.
Taiwo Awoniyi, though, hopes that is all about to change.
In fact, if the Reds youngster gets his way, he could soon have a chance to show the world what he’s all about.
Later this month, Nigeria will play an international against Serbia at Barnet. It’s a ‘friendly’ by name, but so much more in reality. For Awoniyi, it is potentially the biggest game of his young career.