Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Video; Highlights- Nigeria v Argentina.

It is no longer news we whooped Argentina 4-2 in a very interesting game in Krasnodar. I lot has been said about the game but I will drop my two pence after all the euphoria has died down.

Meanwhile here is a video highlight of the game just in case  you didn't get to watch the game.


Sunday, October 29, 2017

Club Owners boss congratulates Fresh on CAF reappointment, awards nomination





Chairman of Club Owners Association, Barrister Isaac Danladi has congratulated Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Executive Member, Ahmed Yusuf Fresh after the Niger State FA chairman was reappointed into Confederation of Africa Football (CAF) Standing Committee.



The vice-chairman of the NFF Technical and Development Committee has been appointed into CAF Technical and Development Committee for duration of two years.



Fresh was reappointed into CAF Standing Committee for the third term consecutively. The cycle of the Committee would run from 2017 to 2019.



"I want to congratulate my friend and hardworking football administrator, Alhaji Ahmed Yusuf Fresh for his reappointment into CAF Standing Committee. I join all stakeholders to appreciate the good work Fresh has been doing which got him recognition on the Africa continent," said the Nasarawa United chairman.



"For CAF Executives to considered him for the third term to serve Africa confirmed the administrative quality of Fresh. I am delighted a Nigerian can be consistent with hard work which CAF have recognized. I am wishing him the best on the job," Dalandi said.



Fresh has also been nominated in the inaugural Football Africa Awards for the categories of African Football Executive of the Year and African Football Newsmaker of the Year Awards respectively. The Awards, which is part of the first edition of the Football Africa Forum, will be held in South Africa next month.



"Hard work pays and Mr Fresh is gaining the positives recognition for his investment into football development in Nigeria and Africa. I am wishing him success at the awards night, Fresh deserves to be celebrated.


"I will be in South Africa next month to support my friend and brother in the awards night. Fresh has contributed massively to football with several grassroots tournaments in the North Central, the process to nurture talents from this region has been all hard work put in place by Fresh," Dalandi concluded.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

NPFL stars recount 2016/17 season


The 2016/17 Nigeria Professional Football Season was a tough and grueling one that saw Plateau United emerge winners for the first time in their club history.

Weeks of road trips, flights, spectacular goals and great saves culminated in the Jos based side lifting the title and giving Jos fans something to smile about after decades of agony.

For other teams and the principal actors, it was time to take their feet off the pedal to relax, take stock, recharge and get set for the new season that will welcome back Heartland Football Club of Owerri back to the top flight.

Kwara United are also back to the elite class and so also Yobe Desert Stars while Omoku side Go Round FC complete the quartet who will play in the NPFL next season.

As the players wind up their holidays and get set for pre-season training, npfl.ng caught up with a few of them to discuss the past season, their best and toughest games as well as their expectations for next season.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Azango inks 3-year deal with AS Trencin

Philip Azango. Pic courtesy trencin.sk
Plateau United winger Philip Elayo Azango has inked a three year deal with Slovak giants AS Trencin for an undisclosed fee.

The 20 year old has been training with the Slovak team for some months now as he awaited his work permit and international clearance which has eventually come through.

He featured for Trencin in their last game against Zilina to follow in the foot steps of Moses Simon, Kinglsey Madu and Maduka Udeh Christopher who all cut their teeth with the team before moving on.

The flying winger was one of Plateau United's best performers before moving to Europe as the Jos based side won the Nigeria Professional Football League title this season.

Another Nigerian, Ejike Okoh, 18, also signed a three year deal with Trencin and will swell the number of Nigerians in the team that includes Hilary Gong and Abdul Zubairu.
Ejike Okoh
Trencin General Manager Róbert Rybníček was delighted with the acquisitions and believes they have all it takes to make it big in Europe.

"We continue in our successful cooperation with the academy we trust. We do believe, that bot h have a potential to play a big European football, but they need some time," he told astrencin.sk

They have their big preferences, but they also have many deficiencies. It only depends on their will to work on themselves. We’ll see, which one will take the route of Simon and Kalu." he added.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Akwa United claim 2017 Aiteo Cup



2015 champions of Nigeria’s oldest and biggest domestic competition, Akwa United FC of Uyo on Sunday reclaimed the title, now named AITEO Cup, on a brilliant and exciting evening at the Agege Stadium, Lagos.

Scoreline at the final whistle was 0-0 but the Promise Keepers prevailed 3-2 after penalty shoot –out to become the first winners of the captivating AITEO trophy.

The colourful final was watched by a glittering array of eminent personalities, including Governors Akinwunmi Ambode (Lagos), Udom Emmanuel (Akwa Ibom) and Abubakar Sani Bello (Niger State), CAF President Ahmad, CAF Vice Presidents Kwesi Nyantakyi and Omari Selemani, CAF Emergency Committee members Souleman Waberi and Amaju Melvin Pinnick, Executive Committee members of NFF, chieftains of sponsors AITEO, NFF Management, Members of the Lagos State Executive Council and members of the diplomatic community.
 2015 champions of Nigeria’s oldest and biggest domestic competition, Akwa United FC of Uyo on Sunday reclaimed the title, now named AITEO Cup, on a brilliant and exciting evening at the Agege Stadium, Lagos.

 
Scoreline at the final whistle was 0-0 but the Promise Keepers prevailed 3-2 after penalty shoot –out to become the first winners of the captivating AITEO trophy.

The colourful final was watched by a glittering array of eminent personalities, including Governors Akinwunmi Ambode (Lagos), Udom Emmanuel (Akwa Ibom) and Abubakar Sani Bello (Niger State), CAF President Ahmad, CAF Vice Presidents Kwesi Nyantakyi and Omari Selemani, CAF Emergency Committee members Souleman Waberi and Amaju Melvin Pinnick, Executive Committee members of NFF, chieftains of sponsors AITEO, NFF Management, Members of the Lagos State Executive Council and members of the diplomatic community.

Victory handed Akwa United, whose goalkeeper Olorunleke Ojo won both the Best Goalkeeper and Most Valuable Player awards and whose Coach, Abdu Maikaba was adjudged the Best Coach, a ticket to represent Nigeria in the 2018 CAF Confederation Cup competition.

 
Akwa United forward Christian Pyagbara also claimed the Top Scorer’s award with his seven goals in this year’s competition.
Victory handed Akwa United, whose goalkeeper Olorunleke Ojo won both the Best Goalkeeper and Most Valuable Player awards and whose Coach, Abdu Maikaba was adjudged the Best Coach, a ticket to represent Nigeria in the 2018 CAF Confederation Cup competition.

Akwa United forward Christian Pyagbara also claimed the Top Scorer’s award with his seven goals in this year’s competition.

Bala eyes Aiteo Cup trophy






Niger Tornadoes coach Abubakar Bala has revealed that winning the Aiteo Cup will be the best thing to have happened to him in his coaching career and will crown a successful season for him and his players.

Bala has stirred the ‘Ikon Allah’ boys to the final of the Aiteo Cup seeing off top sides like FC Ifeanyi Ubah and Plateau United in the process.

Tornadoes are back to the cup final after a 17-year absence and Bala feels the time is right for the Minna side to win a major laurel.

“We have worked so hard to get to this stage and we are going to do all we can to make sure we lift the title on Sunday against Akwa United.
“I’m already a fulfilled man getting this modest Niger Tornadoes side to the final but I want to top it up with winning the title.

“The motivation for me and my boys is to be the first winners of the Aiteo Cup so we can go back to Minna and present it to the state government who has been our biggest supporters,” Bala added.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Ikefe: Aiteo Cup final biggest game of my career

For Niger Tornadoes centre back Andrew Ikefe, the 2017 Aiteo Cup final will be the biggest game of his career even after a stellar season with the Minna based side.

Ikefe has played for Dynamic Sporting Solution, Kaduna United and Katsina United and despite raking nearly ninety games for the three sides, he says none of those games will be as big as the clash with Akwa United at the Agege Stadium on Sunday.
Ikefe, in white nicks the ball off a Gombe United striker
Tornadoes dispatched Nigeria Professional Football League heavyweights like champions Plateau United and FC Ifeanyi Ubah to make it to their first final in 17 years.

Ikefe told 9jafooty.blogspot.com that he is proud to be part of history with Niger Tornadoes and can’t wait for kick-off on Sunday.

“The Aiteo Cup final will be the biggest game of my young career and I believe it will end in victory for me and my team (Niger Tornadoes),” he said.

“We have really worked hard to get to this stage and by God’s grace, we will take the trophy back to Minna with us. The coaches have been working on our game plan and we are adapting well.

Ikefe, in blue strip fights for the ball against MFM
“I have played a number of games in my career but none will be as big as the final on Sunday. If everything goes according to plan, I will win my first major title.

“Akwa United is a very good side as they have shown in the league and the Aiteo Cup. It will be a very difficult game but we are determined to win the cup.

“It will mean a lot to me on a personal level if we get to win the cup. I've always dreamt of winning a domestic title and then heading out to Europe. I pray my dreams come true and I’ll do everything I can on the pitch to make it come true.” Ikefe added.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Rivers retain 21 for new season


The season of releasing players is here again and Rivers United have sieved a few off the roster. Only 21 players were retained for the new season as the team gets set to begin pre-season training.

Left back Gabriel Wassa, who shone like a million stars a year ago has been let go, Esosa Igbinoba is also out. The former Nasarawa United midfielder has battled injury and loss of form last term and might just head back to Lafia.

Veterans Austin Festus and Sunday Rotimi headline those that have been retained as Eguma sets to continue as coach.


Rivers United finished in 15th place on the log last season and will look to do better in the new season.